“As a society, we need to shift from reactive mode to a prevention mode like what Finding Home™ provides. The more that we hear the voices of people impacted the most, the more respectful the process and the better the outcomes.”
– Amanda Brown, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
The Policy Leader focus group
Here are 3 tips from policy leaders from across Vancouver, to help empowered elders create positive, lasting change in their communities:
1. Make the connection.
Identify and build quality relationships with community partners and leaders in a position to implement systemic and/or policy development change. Team up with local champions, seniors’ advocates and peers who have trained with capacity-building programs like Finding Home™.
2. Be informed.
Gather as much information about grassroots organizing and social change in order to be prepared for the role you’re taking on. You should also consider the wider socio-cultural contexts of the issues you’d like to change, and how these may affect your approach.
3. Track your outcomes.
Use qualitative measures, like surveys, interviews and focus groups, to collect data that not only helps your program evolve, but also enables you to make recommendations to relevant policy development decision makers.
Finding Home™ 9 Steps for Mobilizing Elders and Creating Change
Is your organization interested in empowering elders to become leaders and agents of change in your community?
Our flagship program, Finding Home™, builds self-reliance, leadership and abuse resistance among isolated and culturally diverse elders.
Learn more about this capacity-building program by emailing [email protected] or calling 604.879.2402.
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