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

Back by popular demand! The recent Meditation and Mindfulness workshops led by peer advocate Kathy Bedard were such a big hit we have decided to do it all over again. This time around we will be meeting on Tuesdays at The Table's Community Garden in Last Duel Park, sessions begin at 11:00 am. If you are able to bring a folding chair with you please do, we will have yoga mats and some chairs on hand. For more information please call 613-267-6428 ext. 29 or email advocacy@thetablecfc.org

No previous meditation/mindfulness experience necessary- all levels welcome!

We are looking forward to a summer of mindfulness, we hope to see you there!

One in six. According to researchers at 1in6 Canada, that’s the approximate number of men in Canada who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.  That’s about three million men across Canada – nearly six thousand men in Lanark County alone.

The impacts of sexual trauma on individual boys and men, their families and the wider community can be devastating. Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), aggression, addictions and suicidal thoughts are just a few of the issues that commonly affect male survivors.  Yet too often the causes of men’s suffering remain unspoken, and their mental health issues go unrecognized and untreated. Why?  “The short answer is stigma and gender expectations,” says Colin Vincent, a social worker at Lanark County Mental Health. “There’s still considerable stigma around mental illness, particularly among men, and sexual abuse is even more taboo. Shame keeps men isolated. On top of that, we learn early on that being strong means keeping our feelings to ourselves and going it alone, like a character from a John Wayne movie. So men are understandably reluctant to speak about their emotional pain, or to reach out for help.” 

Enter social worker and educator Rick Goodwin, co-founder of The Men’s Project, an Ottawa organization that provides counselling services tailored to the specific needs of men and their families. Rick will visit The Table in Perth on May 13 to present a documentary film about male sexual trauma and to discuss what the healing process looks like for men who have been sexually abused.

"We’re looking forward to hosting Rick and providing a space for this important conversation around men's healing,” says Ramsey Hart, Executive Director at The Table, a co-sponsor of the event along with Lanark County Mental Health. “Learning more about men’s unique mental health struggles is a starting place. Hopefully in opening up this conversation, we’ll make it easier for men to speak out and access help in Lanark County."

The event is free and open to the public and is part of The Table’s monthly movie and discussion series. As there is on every Wednesday, a  free community meal is available from 4:30 to 6:00pm and those interested in watching in the film and joining the discussion are welcome to come early for supper. .

Healing Boys and Men, a Documentary and Discussion hosted by Rick Goodwin of The Men’s Project

For more info about the event, contact Ramsey Hart at 613-267-6428, or by email.

Register with the Advocacy Office and join us Monday May 25th for a presentation by the Health Unit on common hazards in the home. Lunch will be provided, support with transportation costs is available and participants will receive a $10 gift card for attending. Space is limited, please call 613-267-6428 ext. 29 or email advocacy@thetablecfc.org for more information or to sign up.

Register with the Advocacy Office and join us Friday May 22nd for a presentation by Lanark County Mental Health on hoarding. Lunch will be provided, support with transportation costs is available and participants will receive a $10 gift card. Space is limited, please call 613-267-6428 ext. 29 or email advocacy@thetablecfc.org for more information or to sign up. This workshop is open to both people struggling with hoarding and the people who are supporting them.

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