May 11: 'Sleep a night under my roof' training day for social service workers

April 18, 2017
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From an article: On May 11, the Table Community Food Centre will be hosting a free all-day workshop for front line workers and service providers called "Sleep A Night Under My Roof." The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Camp Merrywood and will include yummy healthy snacks and a delicious luncheon with gluten free vegan and nut free options prepared by the Table's chef, Judy Dempsey.

This initiative is funded through the Law Foundation of Ontario, and is a Connecting Communities program designed to help raise awareness of and educate front line workers on tenant and housing rights under the law. The training is based in an experiential learning activity that gives participants firsthand knowledge of the kinds of issues that lower income community members face related to housing. Event co-ordinators Vicki MacMillan and Tracey Parker are developing the program based on the popular Homelessness Maze, first created by the Canadian Mental Health Association and further adapted by local Health Units and Algonquin College Perth for use across Ontario. 

To ensure the relevance and accuracy of the training, the Table is working with people with lived experience to get their input on the scenarios. Event partners, the Legal Clinic, Lanark County Interval House, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit, and YAK will also be providing input. With this input, participants will know that all the stories and information shared are based on real lived experiences that could happen here in Lanark County. Participants will receive a local resource booklet that they can take back to their agencies after the workshop. The booklet will be formatted in a way that is easy to share with co-workers and is easy to replicate so the resource can be widely shared.

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Event Information:

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Camp Merrywood, 741 Port Elmsley Rd, Perth, ON K7H 3C7