#7-Offer training and education on the reality of poverty. (Break the stigma, link to mental health, etc.)
Themes and strategies Existing Initiative Agency Link to Program
Offer workshops on the reality of poverty to remove the stigma that is often associated with living below the poverty line.
the SDC has hosted a Bridges out of Poverty workshop in March 2020 for 150 Community Members: Bridges Out of Poverty provides a family of concepts and workshops to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area www.sdccornwall.bedrockwp.com
Job Zone has been offering a version of Bridges out of Poverty specifically for employers at no cost Job Zone d’emploie https://jobzonedemploi.ca/english/
Linking Hands is run by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from more than a dozen local agencies. The goals of this initiative include: advocating for the needs of rural people living in poverty to all three levels of government; identifying gaps that affect the rural poor and starting projects that reduce poverty in our communities; informing the community about available services; linking people living in poverty with each other and with their community; and, providing opportunities for people in poverty to come together for mutual support. Linking Hands https://hol.community/
outreach-programs/
Provide information to employers on the reality of poverty and the barriers it may cause employees.
PD has been offered at CDSBEO re: diversity (including diversity when it comes to financial means) CDSBEO https://www.cdsbeo.on.ca/
Job Zone has been offering a version of Bridges out of Poverty specifically for employers at no cost Job Zone d’emploie https://jobzonedemploi.ca/english/
Community partners across the region are working together exploring the Living Wage Movement along with Living Wage leaders in Ontario. Partners include United Way SDG, EOHU, SDC and more. Living Wage Ontario https://www.ontariolivingwage.ca/