Community Advocacy

The Peer Advocacy Office is located downstairs, on the same floor as the Good Food Bank. The office is run by Peer Advocates who have successfully completed the Community Advocacy Training.

Advocates are available to offer resources, referrals, and support on a wide array of issues from replacing lost identification, to helping fill out paperwork, to conducting a housing search. The office is open to all community members and no appointment is needed.

For more information on the services the Community Advocacy Office offers please check out the Community Advocacy Office page, called Perth Advocates on Facebook.

To speak to an advocate please call 613-267-6428 ext. 29 or email advocacy@thetablecfc.org

Office hours are: Monday 2pm – 5pm, Tuesday 12pm – 3pm, Wednesday 4pm – 6pm, Thursday CLOSED, and Friday 2pm – 5pm

Advocacy Initiatives

Community Action Training brings together community members to discuss issues of poverty and other social, political, environmental and economic injustices. It builds the capacity of community members to become effective change-makers through individual coaching and group workshops.Learn to navigate the system and to advocate for yourself and others. This 12 week workshop will provide you with the tools to build confidence and community.

Community Action Training is a 12 week course that explores the root causes of poverty and inequality while building skill sets in effective communication, conflict resolution, goal setting, boundaries and self-care. Topics covered include:

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Advocacy for everyone
  • Community Resources

This group is geared to lower income community members only. Participants will receive a $10 gift card for each session they attend. Graduates are eligible to apply to become Peer Advocates in the Community Advocacy Office.

For more information on upcoming sessions or to register please contact Samantha Davidson at 613-267-6428 ext. 4 or email sam.thetable@gmail.com

 

A story about Community Action Training

Brandy was unsure about taking the Community Advocacy Program in January 2012. She did not attend the first class and nearly talked herself out of going the next week.

For the first few weeks she mostly observed the group and then slowly she began to contribute and share her thoughts and opinions. In March she attended the AGM where a debate arose about changing the organization’s name from The Perth and District Food Bank to The Table Community Food Centre. There were many “high powered” community members in attendance and there was some hesitancy to make the change.

Brandy stood up in front of the full room and shared how it felt to her, as a food bank user, to have to face the stigma of using the food bank. She said she would like the name to change to reflect all that was happening here at the center and to alleviate the shame of using the food bank services. The motion passed and we have since changed our name.

Brandy went on to complete the Community Action Training and to become a Peer Advocate. She has been involved in various social justice activities at the centre and has arranged several clothing swaps, worked on a free haircutting initiative and a free dental screening clinic. After some time in the office Brandy returned to college and obtained a Social Service Worker diploma from Algonquin College in Perth.

Dennis Marks receives his free hug from Peer Advocate Joanne CassidyThe Peer Advocates were out on the streets of Perth offering up free hugs and information about the services the office offers on Friday July 12th. In just one hour we shared 117 hugs with fellow community members, there is a lot of love in this little town! One of our favourite stories of the day involved an older gentleman. When asked if he would like a free hug, he said he needed a minute to think it over. He then went on to tell us that he hadn't been hugged in years. After a great hug shared together, he thanked us and moved along. We saw this same man stop at the end of the next block and hug another person, paying it forward. What an amazing experience, thanks for sharing the love Perth.

Peer Advocates are available four days a week during regular food bank hours, offering support, resources, and referrals on a wide variety of issues from lost identification to housing searches and so much more. If you are feeling frustrated or unsure about what supports or services are available to you, give an advocate a call at 613-267-6428 ext. 29 or come down to the office.  

In the picture below, Dennis Marks receives his FREE HUG from Peer Advocate Joanne Cassidy.

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