Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region
At our 11th Annual Poverty Symposium, we learned about upside-down thinking. Attendees were asked to provide their contact information if they wanted to be part of future poverty-reduction initiatives. Many attendees from the symposium expressed an interest in keeping the discussion going, and this group worked together throughout the year.
This year at the 12th Annual Poverty Symposium on June 15, 2017 we introduced the group, now known as Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region. This group is made up of over 20 individuals from across the region, including representatives from local agencies; politicians; and community members with lived experience of poverty. At the symposium, Cambridge-North Dumfries MPP Kathryn McGarry and a representative from the Ontario Trillium Foundation announced a collective impact grant awarded to Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region. This grant will help the group to start their first poverty-reduction initiative which will focus older adults.
If you see a role for yourself or your organization in this initiative, please contact the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries at email@example.com.
Seniors as Mentors and Leaders Project
Social isolation can be deadly, and particularly for older adults. In response to this critical issue, the Social Planning Council of Cambridge North Dumfries is facilitating the Seniors as Mentors and Leaders Project.
This project seeks to prepare volunteers, who are older adults themselves, to act as mentors and peer supports for other older adults in Cambridge. Project mentors engage in regular one on one visits with older adults who are socially isolated, or at risk of becoming isolated, in addition to offering group activities and connecting participants to community resources. Our goal is to make a lasting impact on issues of social isolation among local seniors by promoting and facilitating social interaction, community participation, and volunteerism.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering with us, or in receiving visits from one of our existing volunteers, please contact Jason McLaughlin at 519-623-1713 x223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.