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BETTER BEGINNINGS BETTER FUTURES: BACKGROUND

Site Objectives (short term 0 - 4 years)

Child Development

To increase the rate of prenatal visits to a health practitioner made by participants.
To decrease the number of babies born with low birth weight.
To decrease the number of infant feeding problems.
To increase the incidence and duration of breast-feeding.
To decrease the number of hospital visits related to accidents, abuse, neglect, chronic illness, and lack of stimulation.
To decrease the inappropriate use of emergency rooms for non-emergency medical treatment.
To increase the rate of children receiving annual physical and dental check ups.
To decrease the rate of low-grade illnesses.
To increase the child's self-esteem and to develop a positive self-image.
To decrease violent behaviour and promote assertive behaviour.
To foster independence.
To increase consideration and awareness of others' well-being and needs.
To increase the child's awareness of healthy eating.
To increase a child's natural curiosity, creativity and imagination.
To increase the child's attention span.
To decrease feelings of despair and powerlessness.
To increase a sense of emotional well-being.
To develop age appropriate language.
To develop age appropriate problem-solving skills.
To develop age appropriate motor skills.
To increase the rate of child "readiness" for school.
To increase the number of children registered for JK/K.
To decrease rate of children requiring special education (remedial services).
To increase self-help skills.
To acknowledge and share awareness of the children's strength.


Family

To decrease stress within the family.
To reduce rate of child abuse.
To reduce the rate of other forms of family violence.
To increase rate of parents self-esteem and positive self-image.
To increase self-help skills.
To assist the family to access resources such as housing, food, clothing, family and crisis counselling.
To provide opportunities for parents to enhance their skills and confidence as parents.
To increase active parenting skills of parents where appropriate.
To increase the time spent in play between parents and their children.
To increase mothers' satisfaction with labour distribution in the home where appropriate and respecting cultural backgrounds.
To increase awareness and ability to access educational, recreational and employment opportunities.

Community

To increase consideration and awareness of others well-being and needs.
To increase neighbourhood safety.
To decrease neighbourhood crime rate.
To reduce isolation of neighbours (i.e. parents/caregivers etc.).
To increase a sense of well-being among neighbourhood residents.
To assist the caregiver in stimulation of the child.
To decrease the number of placements with CAS.
To improve responsiveness of social systems to families/caregivers/children's needs. Too increase understanding of cultural/religious/language/age/sex similarities and differences.
To decrease acts of discrimination and prejudice.
To support and increase the ability of local groups to take action on resolving community problems and delivering community programs that support family and community life.
To develop a neighbourhood safety program (i.e. Neighbourhood Watch, Block Parents etc.).
To increase awareness and ability to access community recreational, leisure and educational activities.
To promote self-awareness of personal and collective strengths.


Program

To provide preconception information to residents in order to promote basic health and sexuality education.
To provide prenatal outreach services and prenatal programs to enhance the health and development of children.
To establish and maintain a Family Visitor Component that provides support to families from the prenatal through preschool years that will reach and appeal to those at highest risk, i.e. low-income, teenage mother, no family support, immigrant families.
To ensure the availability of high quality infant, toddler and preschool programs, including Well-Baby clinics, parent/child playgroups, and preschool programs that maintain educationally meaningful curriculum, support for psychosocial development, family support and health education.
To institute high rates of parent participation.
To institute high rates of parent satisfaction.
To institute high rates of parent involvement with planning and implementation of program.
To provide educational workshops for parents/caregivers.
To provide high quality programming.
To model appropriate child / adult interaction.
To provide opportunities for informal discussion and information exchange.
To provide programs that encourage peer support.
To develop a community based model of integration of health, social services education and other social service agencies.
To increase the ability of service providers to respond to community needs, strengths and concerns.
To increase the willingness and action of service providers to modify and/or change existing models of service delivery to better meet the desires and the needs of the neighbourhoods.
Service providers to sustain funding to continue the activities of the Better Beginnings Better Futures project that promote optimal childhood development in the Better Beginnings Better Futures neighbourhood.


Approach

The Better Beginnings Better Futures Project in South-East Ottawa will develop and deliver a comprehensive and integrated package of program components designed to promote healthy child development, reduce emotional, behavioural, social, physical and cognitive problems in children and enhance the neighbourhoods of Albion/Heatherington/Fairlea/Ledbury.
The day-to-day approach of the project is one that attempts to value all people, all ideas and all opinions. It is an approach based on inclusion and modeling. Inclusion translates into acceptance, understanding, reflection and opportunities for personal and project growth and change. Modeling is based on showing rather than telling and is a process that requires time and consistency. In addition, the approach is one that attempts to minimize power differentials (perceived or real) to provide a comfortable, safe environment that enables individual risk-taking, creativity and genuine participation. The approach is one that promotes a "gentle" process and recognizes that the process is as important as the outcome.
Participants have agreed to channel the Better Beginnings Better Futures resources into three main areas to enhance the lives of children in the preschool years.


1. Health Integration
Preconception information, prenatal education, well baby drop-ins, parent/child health information, and health promotion activities.


2. Family Support
Playgroups, parenting workshops, employment training, information and referral, caregiver support, drop-in centre, community events etc.


3. In-Home Support
Family visitors, home support workers, etc.
Our approach to project development is holistic. Our intent is to ensure that children have "Better Beginnings" in all their social environments, commencing with their family and including their immediate neighbourhood and local community. The project provides multiple components of service built on existing services and resources and on new models of service delivery unique in our area to the Better Beginnings Better Futures project. Program components recognize the stages of the family life cycle and child development and are sensitive and responsive to the concerns and realities of families in Albion/Heatherington/Fairlea/Ledbury neighbourhoods.
The components of Health Integration, Family Support, and In-Home Support impact on the child and family from the prenatal period to school entry providing comprehensive and consistent support. Service responses will be appropriate to meet the needs of individual children and families. All program components are flexible so that families with greater needs receive greater service.
Community development activities continue with an emphasis placed on creating processes that provide opportunities for parents and service providers to plan and implement the Better Beginnings Better Futures project. Surveys, committees, work-groups and informal chats have identified for community residents and service providers a number of barriers to healthy child development in our community.
The project will continue to place emphasis on community development, parent and service provider collaboration, and inter-agency integration/coordination. In addition, the project will take a pro-active approach to address the issue of violence in the home and community. In order for the community to have real control over the Better Beginnings Better Futures project they must first have control and influence over their own lives. We will work towards a community that is FREE from violence. Our approach will be positive emphasizing the freedom and security that comes with safe relationships, homes and neighbourhoods.


Program Model

The program model is one that supports the child and family consistently from the prenatal period through the preschool years. Components are structured to blend with one another to provide participants with a broad range of supports that interrelate and complement each other.
The Family Visitor component is integral to the project. The Family Visitor provides social support, modeling, education and referral. The Family Visitor is a "link" between the family, other project components, and a full range of caregiver, educational, health and social service systems. The Family Visitor is flexible to provide families with the amount of service they require in a way that supports respect and trust. As a central component the Family Visitor will have the initial and most consistent contact with a family, link them to other programs, neighbours and social supports and encourage them to participate in programming and in project planning and implementation.
Family Visitors will channel input from parents who may not be ready and/or willing to provide more formal direction to project activities. Family Visitors will increasingly provide leadership in the community for improved family life.
Playgroups are another cornerstone of the project. Providing children and adults with a safe space to interact together. Playgroups are child-centered providing children with opportunities for emotional, social, physical, linguistic and cognitive development through play. Playgroups provide a time and space for parents/caregivers to network and may be co-operative to provide respite relief. Better Beginnings Better Futures staff and volunteers will provide modeling, referral to other programs and information and education. The Family Visitor will accompany the parent and child until the parent feels comfortable. Playgroup space will also provide child care for participants attending Better Beginnings Better Futures workshops, support groups and classes.
Playgroups and the Family Visitor component will increase participant's social support and will support the development of informal child care options. People will have neighbours they can trust and rely on to provide child care. Both programs will provide direct information on child development, parenting options and community resources.
Health services will be innovative and flexible. The Better Beginnings Better Futures Community House, the Banff Avenue Community Centre, Playgroups and participants' homes will be used to provide prenatal, well-baby/child care, information and education.
The Better Beginnings Better Futures Community House will act as a resource centre. Concrete assistance will be provided by house activities or by referral.
The program model and objectives recognize the interplay between community development and programming. Each compliments the other. All program components support participant input and direction. As people become involved in programs, programs will change to reflect participant direction. Responsive programming supports involvement and ownership of participants. Eventually, a sense of "community" is not just a few people and a few programs. A sense of "community" becomes a neighbourhood where activities and supports for families is a way of life.
We believe that a model that provides responsive programming and incorporates a community development perspective through programming will encourage a broad base of participants to identify their personal strengths and find ways to enhance their lives personally and collectively.

BETTER BEGINNINGS BETTER FUTURES: BACKGROUND

Family Visiting Component

Family Visitor Program


Vision
The Family Visitor is a confident, competent peer who offers support, information and resources to families with preschool children. The Family Visitor is a trusted and respected "friend" of the family who is well-informed, flexible and caring. She/he assists the family with skill development, confidence building, information on child development/birth/parenting etc. and accessing community resources.

Objectives
To establish and maintain a Family Visitor Component that provides support to families from the prenatal through preschool years.
To institute high rates of parent participation.
To institute high rates of parent satisfaction.
To institute high rates of parent involvement with planning and implementation of program.
To provide parent/caregivers with sensitive non-threatening support that encourages positive parenting/caregiver skills.
To provide peer support.
To provide the parent(s) with knowledge and information on such issues as: child safety, child development and management, stimulation, nutrition, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception/family planning, family fun times, etc.
To help the parents strengthen their relationship with their child through such means as appropriate communication skills, appropriate discipline skills and with optimal bonding behaviours (hugs, holding baby, warmth, etc) and the ability to set appropriate relationship boundaries.
To assist the family in support of the child by reducing stressful family environments, and thereby strengthening the family by providing relief time and concrete suggestions and information on child management.
To assist the family in support of the child by providing opportunities for parents to enhance their skills and confidence as parents through play, modelling and information.
To assist the family to meet basic needs such as housing, food, clothing, family and crisis counselling.
To model appropriate child / adult interaction.
To increase rate of parents self-esteem and positive self-image.
To provide opportunities for parents to enhance their skills and confidence as parents.
To increase active parenting skills where appropriate.
To increase mothers' satisfaction with labour distribution in the home where appropriate and respecting cultural backgrounds.
To assist the caregiver in stimulation of the child.
To provide children with favourable environments in which to develop.
To provide parents/caregivers with the opportunity and facilities to play and interact with children.
To increase the time spent in play between parents and their children.
To help parents respond to developmental delays of the child.
To increase the rate of prenatal visits to a health practitioner made by participants.
To decrease the number of babies born with low birth weight.
To decrease the number of hospital visits by children related to accidents, abuse, neglect, chronic illness, and lack of stimulation.
To decrease the inappropriate use of emergency rooms for non-emergency medical treatment.
To decrease the number of infant/child feeding problems.
To increase incidence and duration of breastfeeding.
To increase the rate of children receiving annual physical and dental check ups.
To increase the child's self-esteem and to develop a positive self-image.
To decrease the child's aggressive behaviour.
To develop age appropriate language in the child.
To foster independence in the child and parent.
To develop age appropriate problem-solving skills in the child.
To increase the child's awareness of healthy eating.
To decrease the rate of low-grade illnesses in children.
To increase a child's natural curiosity, creativity and imagination.
To develop age appropriate motor skills in the child.
To increase the rate of child "readiness" for school.
To increase the number of children registered for JK/K.
To decrease rate of children requiring remedial services.
To increase self-help skills in children and parent.
To increase consideration and awareness of others well-being and needs.
To decrease the number of placements with CAS.
To assist and/or develop good household maintenance routines, ensure basic physical needs such as clothing, food, furniture, etc.
To decrease stress within the family.
To reduce the rate of forms of family violence.
To provide opportunities for informal discussion and information exchange.
To improve responsiveness of social systems to families/caregivers/children's needs.
To reduce isolation of neighbours.
To provide opportunities for parent/caregivers/children to enjoy the company of neighbours.
To increase consideration and awareness of the child of others well-being and needs.
To increase a sense of well-being among neighbourhood residents.
To increase awareness and ability to access community recreational, leisure and educational activities.
To support and increase the ability of local groups to take action on resolving community problems and delivering community programs that support family and community life.
To increase the ability of service providers to respond to community needs, strengths and concerns.
To increase the willingness and action of service providers to modify and/or change existing models of service delivery to better meet the desires and the needs of the neighbourhoods.
Participants
Neighbourhood families with children 0-4 years of age.
Space
Visits are in homes and community spaces.

Family Visitor
Confidentiality is upheld and valued to the highest degree. The Family Visitor may not release any information about a participant other than to the Family Visitor Coordinator unless there is a clearly justifiable reason for disclosure e.g. meeting between a community agency and Better Beginnings Better Futures and the parent where written/verbal consent to disclose was given by the parent.
The Family Visitor is responsible to the participant and is supported by and reports to the Family Visitor Program Coordinator.
The Family Visitor is expected to work irregular hours in order to meet the service needs of the participants.


Community/Participant centered responsibilities:
General:
The Family Visitor's role encompasses three major facets:
1. offer personal/social support to the participants
2. provide information
3. link participants with community resources needed and wanted.


Specific:
Offer regular home visits to participants once or twice weekly depending on the wishes and needs of the participant.
Establish an empathetic and supportive relationship with the participants, recognizing parents' and children's individual needs.
Help build individuals self-esteem/self knowledge through positive feedback.
Help the family with their provision of adequate physical and emotional care for the children, including encouraging a caring, secure, nurturing atmosphere in the home.
Have good knowledge of the developmental needs of the children, including an ability to support parents to recognize their child's developmental milestones.
Provide information on such issues as positive routines, constructive discipline, effective communication and explain, model and help the parent implement these.
Assist the participants with problem solving techniques in order to enable them to gain a sense of control over their lives as well as decrease major stressors.
Work towards the enhancement of social skills through participation in the community socials, utilizing recreational facilities, etc.
Become an advocate for services for the participants needs and help these participants liaise with service providers.
Help the families to gain information about community resources, formal and informal and to access them when desired.
Provide social support: develop and reinforce supportive networks of participants ie. family, neighbours, schools, social/health services.
Provide and/or link to skill building opportunities and assist in the identification, planning and attainment of personal and family goals.
Build on shared visions of individuals to promote community solidarity and unity.
Facilitate involvement and action by assisting in community goal setting and organizing as required.
Through discussion with individuals and groups, be respectful, sensitive and aware of individual and neighbourhood strengths, differences, tensions and obstacles. Help with the facilitation of these meetings and provide positive feedback of the efforts towards building on these strengths.


Operational Responsibilities:
Full participation in training sessions is essential. Some training will be mandatory, additional interest subjects may be offered through other services in the community.
Teamwork with other Family Visitors, participants and the Program Coordinator include sharing ideas, new information, giving feedback and offering constructive criticism.
Initially, weekly supervision and bi-weekly group sessions with the Program Coordinator is planned. The Family Visitor will keep the Coordinator informed of activities or situations and may make use of the "open door policy" in order to discuss issues in the interim.

BETTER BEGINNINGS BETTER FUTURES: BACKGROUND

Family/Parent Focused Component

Playgroup


Vision:
The Playgroup is a comfortable, nurturing, aesthetically pleasing space that provides opportunities for children to develop emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively. Children learn as they play and as they share experiences with other children and adults. To ensure that children eat when they are hungry a nutritious food is available.
A variety of materials and experiences are provided daily to meet the needs of individual children from newborns to four years of age. On occasion, programming is expanded to meet the needs of older siblings in the community.
Parents and caregivers participate in the planning and delivery of programs, play with the children in their care, meet and chat with neighbours and learn about child development and personal relationships.
Playgroup staff and volunteers are creative, flexible and caring. They provide support and encouragement to children and adults.
The playgroup is co-operative, actively running on a commitment to provide quality experiences for children and provide relief time for parents and caregivers.
The Better Beginnings Better Futures playgroups are child focused with an emphasis on programming and modelling for children and families with different needs. Parent participation is essential for optimal family support however; we acknowledge that the extent to which parents want to participate varies. Minimum participation in Playgroup is required because all parents/caregivers are responsible for the children in their care.
Many parents/caregivers share the responsibility of Playgroup by supervising areas, cleaning up areas, preparing snack for groups of children etc. The playgroup model supports involvement, learning and self-esteem. Nutritious food is always available however; participants are welcome to contribute to snack to foster a better understanding of their cultures by the sharing of traditional foods. Playgroup materials/toys include items that can be found in most homes and, from time to time alongside toys that have been purchased are homemade versions so parents/caregivers become aware of resources they can make themselves. Participants bring and share their own ideas for homemade toys to playgroup. A suggestion box is set-up in the playgroups.
Community residents are hired to assist in Playgroup set-up and take-down. Opportunities for them to learn about equipment, child development and programming are provided. 


Objectives:
To provide high quality programming that is freely accessible to all children in the community, their parents and caregivers.
To assist the family in support of the child by providing opportunities for parents to enhance their skills and confidence as parents through play, modelling and information.
To assist the family in support of the child by reducing stressful family environments, and thereby strengthening the family by providing relief time and concrete suggestions and information on child management.
To provide children with favourable environments in which to develop.
To provide parents/caregivers with the opportunity and facilities to play and interact with children.
To provide parent/caregivers with sensitive non-threatening support that encourages positive parenting/caregiver skills.
To provide opportunities for informal discussion and information exchange.
To decrease the number of placements with CAS.
To provide peer support.
To provide opportunities for parents/caregivers/children to enjoy the company of neighbours.
To reduce isolation of neighbours.
To help parents respond to developmental delays of the child.
To decrease the rate of child abuse.
To model appropriate child/adult interaction.
To provide optimal opportunities for the development of children's language.
To increase the rate of child readiness for school.
To institute high rates of parent participation.
To institute high rates of parent satisfaction.
To provide opportunities for informal discussion and information exchange.
To increase the time spent in play between parents and their children.
To increase consideration and awareness of others' well-being and needs.
To increase self-help skills.
To increase a sense of well-being among neighbourhood residents.
To institute high rates of parent involvement with planning and implementation of program.
To increase a child's natural curiosity, creativity and imagination.
To increase the child's self-esteem and to develop positive self-image.
To decrease aggressive behaviour.
To develop age appropriate language skills.
To develop age appropriate problem-solving skills.
To develop age appropriate motor skills.
To decrease rate of children requiring special remedial services.


Participants:
Fairlea/Albion/Heatherington/Ledbury adults and children.


Health/Community Nurse

Vision:
High quality, accessible, continuous, community and family based health promotion coordinated by a community chosen Nurse ; employed by South-East Ottawa Community Services; piloting this program to prospective and to childbearing families with children aged 0 to 4 years, living in the Better Beginnings Better Futures neighbourhoods.
The Nurse helps to foster community and family attitudes, values, and actions supportive to pregnant women and families with children 0 to 4 years, with special emphasis on the prenatal and pre-kindergarten (21/2 - 31/2) periods, working primarily with well mothers and their children.
The nurse works directly with the community and families, and as part of a interdisciplinary team to coordinate and implement a community based program supporting intended pregnancies; maternal and foetal health, ensuring babies are born with adequate birth weight; and healthy growth and development of children to age 4. Health information and education is provided to parents, primarily regarding family planning, prenatal health and parenting skills.
As an employee of South-East Ottawa Community Services, the Nurse is accountable to the Board, through the Health Services Coordinator, and functions as a member of the multi-service and the health service teams. The Nurse will liaise with the Better Beginnings Better Futures Project Coordinator and the Family Visitors on a regular basis. She will provide in-service training for the Family Visitors and be available for consultation to support Family Visitors in their work with families.


Space:
Participant's homes,
Heatherington Community Centre
Better Beginnings Better Futures Community House,
Banff Avenue Community Centre


Objectives:
To provide preconception information to residents in order to promote basic health and sexuality education.
To provide prenatal outreach services and prenatal programs to enhance the health and development of children.
To provide opportunities for informal discussion and information exchange.
To increase the rate of prenatal visits to a health practitioner made by participants.
To decrease the number of babies born with low birth weight.
To decrease the number of hospital visits related to accidents, abuse, neglect, chronic illness, and lack of stimulation.
To decrease the inappropriate use of emergency rooms for non-emergency medical treatment.
To decrease the number of infant/child feeding problems.
To increase the incidence and duration of breastfeeding.
To increase the rate of children receiving annual physical and dental check ups.
To decrease rate of children requiring special education(remedial services).
To provide opportunities for parents to enhance their skills and confidence as parents.
To increase a sense of well-being among neighbourhood residents.
To improve responsiveness of social systems to families/caregivers/children's needs.
To increase the ability of service providers to respond to community needs, strengths and concerns.
To increase the willingness and action of service providers to modify and/or change existing models of service delivery to better meet the desires and the needs of the neighbourhoods.


Participants
Pregnant women and families with preschool children.

BETTER BEGINNINGS BETTER FUTURES: BACKGROUND

Community Programs

Community Development
Project community development has two focuses; both are long-term processes - Personal Development and Neighbourhood Development. Both human development and community development recognize the importance of supporting and enriching individual leadership in the community.


Personal development will be supported by:
- providing social support; facilitating learning through providing information and/or linking individuals with appropriate social/educational resources
- building individuals self-esteem/self knowledge through positive feedback
- provision of and/or linking to skill building opportunities and assisting in the identification, planning and attainment of personal and family goals.


Neighbourhood development will be achieved by:
- building on "shared" visions of individuals to promote community solidarity/unity
- facilitating vision and goal setting and organizing as required
- setting up opportunities for participants to develop skills through experience and practice, providing information on relevant issues (funding sources, local resources etc.)
- being respectful, sensitive and aware of individual/neighbourhood differences, strengths, tensions and obstacles through discussion with individuals and groups on an on-going basis
Community development is a process based on support and responsiveness to community issues as they arise. The approach is one that supports the identification of issues, assists in determining barriers and promotes dialogue and resources to provide possible solutions. Action paths are viable alternatives to address the barriers. An Action path is not equivalent to an outcome. It is the process to make change.
All programming will support community development by building on personal strengths, increasing social support, increasing participant involvement, being sensitive to cultural differences and strengthening the ability of participants to voice their opinions. We expect, from time to time that there will be changes to programming because of this.
The full intent of community development is a shared responsibility that is carried out by all staff.
Community events will be held occasionally throughout the year to celebrate neighbourhood accomplishments, community diversity, encourage community involvement and foster cultural understanding and sensitivity. Community celebrations will recognize the strengths of families.
A number of community leaders have been identified, nurtured and supported. In particular, the Coordinator directs some of her time to this task. Grassroots leadership is encouraged by support, modelling, training and experience.
Coffee time provides an opportunity for participants to access programming that is not directly related to children or family. These programs provide a chance for participants to focus on themselves. These programs encourage dialogue between participants and between participants and Better Beginnings Better Futures staff. They are flexible, non-judgmental and responsive. They provide an opportunity for participants to learn/share skills, discuss their community and personal lives, meet neighbours and provide direct and indirect input into the Better Beginnings Better Futures project.
Family Visitors offer support to these programs by providing staffing/facilitating roles or by dropping by to have informal discussions.
These programs are small steps in the long journey of neighbourhood building.


Community Celebrations

Vision:
Community Celebrations provide opportunities for neighbourhood residents to mix and chat with neighbours, get involved with their community and participate in family activities.

Objectives:
To promote a sense of "community".
To celebrate the community.
To promote acceptance of different cultures and languages.
To decrease acts of discrimination and prejudice.
To increase a sense of pride in the community.
To focus on family activities.
To increase a sense of well-being among neighbourhood residents.
To implement high rates of community participation.
To provide opportunities for informal discussion and information exchange.


Space:
Varied - Heatherington Community Centre. Better Beginnings Better Futures Community House. Banff Avenue Community Centre/House. City of Ottawa green space, etc.


Participants:
Neighbourhood adults and children.


Clothing Cupboard

Objectives:
To recycle/reuse clothing.
To provide clothing to community residents.
To encourage participant responsibility to the community by giving back resources to their neighbours.
To provide an opportunity to introduce residents to the Better Beginnings Better Futures project and encourage involvement.


 Resources:
2-3 Volunteers to organize and sort clothing.


Space:
Better Beginnings Better Futures Community House. 


Participants:
Neighbourhood residents/volunteers


Us People For Change

Vision:
We are a collective of parents who have experienced living on low-income. We use popular theatre to portray experiences and issues relevant to our lives and to the lives of other parents with similar struggles. Using drama, we depict a variety of issues including: family and community violence; marginalised/disadvantaged women; housing; attitudes; families struggling on low-income; children and systemic abuse and power.
The presentation is followed by a discussion period when audience members have the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with group members.


Objectives:
To raise awareness and increase understanding about issues related to parenting on low income, disadvantaged women and barriers to women’s' participation in community life.
To present a dramatic presentation to the larger community, in particular service providers and organizations/ institutions.
To increase dialogue between women and service providers to address the impact of attitudes and service delivery models on parents lives.
To improve service delivery to low-income people.
To provide an opportunity (i.e. question/ answer period, discussion) for service providers to receive direct, constructive feedback from recipients of service and women in general.
To increase the participation of people in our neighbourhood in the decision-making of organizations/institutions which attempt to address the needs of low-income people.
To offer consultation around key issues.
To link organizations/institutions with local people who would participate on advisory groups, task forces, Board of Directors etc.


Space:
Performed in a variety of locations.


Participants:
Neighbourhood parents, service providers and organizations.