Community Advocacy Office

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COVID19 Update:

Please note that currently the Community Advocacy Office is operating remotely. Please call (613-267-6428 ext 29) or email (advocacy@thetablecfc.org) and a Community Navigator will return your call during our regular office hours.

 

The Community Advocacy Office is located downstairs at The Table on the same floor as the Good Food Bank. The office is run by community members with lived experience of living on low-incomes and navigating government programs and other resources in our local area.

Community Navigators are available to offer resources, referrals, and support on a wide array of issues from applying for help with utility bills, to replacing lost identification, to helping fill out paperwork, to conducting a housing search, to discussing your options in a difficult situation. The office is open to all community members and no appointment is needed.

In some cases, your interaction with us may be like asking for directions, and just need to be pointed in the right direction. In other cases, it may be more like visiting an information centre when arriving at a new place, where you have some understanding of what your needs are, but may need some more detailed conversations and perhaps a map or two to figure out where you need to go. 

In other cases, you may be dealing with a more complex situation, or be stuck waiting for the help you need from more formal organizations, and you may find us helpful as companions on your journey to help read the map, check in regularly, and maybe make some calls on your behalf while you focus on the road ahead. 

No matter what, you are the one in the “driver’s seat”. We are here to help you get where you’re going.

Monday, 2 - 5pm; Tuesday, 12 - 3:30pm; Wednesday, 3:30 - 6pm; Friday, 2 - 5pm

613-267-6428 x29, advocacy@thetablecfc.org 

Advocacy Initiatives

If you need help applying for the new  Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP) credit for your Hydro bill, come see the Peer Advocates during our office hours.

In recognition of Black History Month, The Table's Dinner and a Movie night in February will feature two films. Join us for the Community Meal between 4:30 and 6:00 with the movie starting at 6:30.

Remember Africville 

This short film depicts Africville, a small black settlement that lay within the city limits of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 1960s, the families there were uprooted and their homes demolished in the name of urban renewal and integration. More than 20 years later, the site of the community of Africville is a stark, under-utilized park. Former residents, their descendants and some of the decision-makers speak out and, with the help of archival photographs and films, tell the story of that painful relocation.

Speak It!

In their predominantly white high school in Halifax, a group of black students face daily reminders of racism, ranging from abuse (racist graffiti on washroom walls), to exclusion (the omission of black history from textbooks). They work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change.

On January 18th come join Bonita Ford to learn how to use collaborative communication to:  

·      talk through those tough conversations that you need to have

·      focus on solutions to the real needs and issues in disagreements

·      stay open to listening when emotions are making it easier to get lost in misunderstandings

The Peer Advocates at the Table will be participating in the 20000Homes campaign by interviewing people who are homeless or underhoused as part of a Canada wide initiative to adress homelessness across the country.  If you are or you know someone who doesn't have a home to call their own please let them know we would love to talk to them and offer them a gift card for their time.  If you have questions please call teh Advocacy office at 613-2676428 x29.

Come and learn about your rights as a low income consumer, and learn about the impacts privatization is likely to have on you. We will be discussing your rights as a utility consumer as well as hearing from the Citizens Coalition Against Privitization about how the selling of more parts of Ontario Hydro is likely to impact on us all. Lunch will be served as part of this workshop, and gift cards are available for participants. If you need transportation to the event please let us know in advance. TO REGISTER call the Advocates a 613-2678-6428 ext 29.

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