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PeerNetBC Fall Workshops

The time has come for some more great learning opporunities at PeerNetBC. Our team has crafted together a series of workshops to provide the tools to better support one another in our communities. Starting on October 14th and running through to December 2nd, there are plenty of opportunities to come join us.

Already taken PeerNet's trainings? Help spread the word to those who may benefit from these capacity-building opportunities: volunteers, program participants, program coordinators, youth workers, peer navigators, or even your roommate or neighbour!

Taking place on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, PeerNetBC’s Community Workshops are provided twice per year. These workshops are open to everyone and offer a great opportunity to learn and network with people from various communities, groups and organizations.

Cost: $15 - $75+ sliding scale, with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Location: PeerNetBC office, #408 – 602 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

To Register: http://www.peernetbc.com/upcoming-workshops-2 or call 604.733.6186


FOUNDATIONS OF FACILITATION
Saturday, October 14th, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

Whether we are facilitating meetings, group discussions, or workshops, understanding our roles and responsibilities as facilitators is an essential component for creating an easier space for groups to work together. In this 6 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles of peer support and explore their influence in creating a foundation for more inclusive and well‐functioning peer-led groups. We will build on new and existing skills and tools necessary for effective facilitation and touch on different facilitation models. This workshop is designed for folks with little to experience with facilitation, including folks seeking to brush up on their foundational skills.

DIVERSITY & WORKING TOGETHER
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

Systemic imbalances of power exist in our society, and so recognizing how it influences group dynamics is an important skill for facilitators, group members, and community members at large. In this 6 hour workshop, through discussion and experiential learning, participants will explore our own roles and relationships with power and have an opportunity to broaden our perspectives on accessibility, allyship, inclusion, power, privilege, and how to move forward together.

BOUNDARIES & SELF-CARE
Saturday November th, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm

Facilitating peer-led groups can be a very rewarding experience but it can also be very demanding. In order to avoid burnout and to make group facilitation sustainable over the long-run, facilitators must have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and practice self-care. In this 4 hour workshop, participants will explore concepts for understanding personal boundaries and self-care as well as collective-care within the context of a peer-led group. By tapping into the wisdom of the group, participants will share and exchange tips and tools to help each other apply their learnings in real-life situations. Aimed at facilitators, this workshop is beneficial for anyone juggling multiple demands or providing active support in the lives of others.

EXPLORING FACILITATION SKILLS
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisite: “Foundations of Facilitation” and “Diversity & Working Together” or equivalent experience

Building off of the basic concepts of facilitation in “Foundations of Facilitation”, this 6 hour workshop will delve deeper into specific skills and techniques that assist facilitators in effectively creating safer, more supportive and  productive peer-led groups. Participants will have opportunities to practice facilitating and navigating facilitation challenges, where we will explore group dynamics, create an understanding of the influences of power dynamics in a group, and share strategies and tools.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm

In North America, we tend to imagine leaders who share a narrow range of characteristics and qualities. In this 6 hour workshop, we will explore, challenge, and redefine what leadership is and can be in our communities, and its relationship with advocacy and community engagement. Through unpacking existing frameworks of leadership we'll build an analysis of who we identify as leaders; how we all can be leaders; and our possible roles and responsibilities. Participants will create a shared understanding of what community engagement could be like, and how it can be more inclusive, impactful, and sustainable.

Accessibility:

  • Please arrive 5 – 10 minutes early so we can start on time
  • Light snacks, coffee, tea, and water will be provided; if you have any dietary requirements we should be aware of please inform us
  • Our office strives to be a scent-free environment – refrain from wearing perfumes or any scents the day before the workshop, as well as during it
  • The building entrance, workshop space, and washrooms are wheelchair accessible
  • Washrooms will be assigned all genders during workshop hours
  • Our office is located one block south of Waterfront Skytrain Station and nearby to bus stops at the intersections of West Hastings, Seymour, and Granville Street
  • Parking is only available on the street 2 hours at a time; we recommend the parkade behind our office at 443 Seymour Street ($6 + tax all day on weekends; 6:00pm onward on weekdays)
  • Bicycles are welcome to be stored in the small room in our office
  • Due to financial constraints, we are currently unable to provide ASL interpretation (we are working on it)
  • Please inform us of any alternative ways to ensure your access needs are met

For more information and/or for accessibility requests: email Robin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 604.733.6186

Working Better Together Dialogue Event on September 30th

And don't forget about our special event this weekend!

Navigating through increasing inequities, and understanding the relationship between intersectionality and inequality is important in addressing how we continue to provide, maintain and access community services and resources.

Come share, learn and strategize as we figure out how to work towards equality together!

Taking place on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, Working Better Together: A Community Dialogue on Intersectionality and Inequality is a collaborative event organized by PeerNetBC, Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), Check Your Head (CYH), and the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC).

Working Better Together brings a close to PeerNetBC and SPARC BC's Inequality series, and aims to explore best practices in incorporating intersectionality into our work in addressing inequality and social change. This event offers a great opportunity to learn and network with people from various communities, groups and organizations so we hope to see you there!

Held on September 30th at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre at 1607 East Hastings, this is a free event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please find more informationa and register here. You can call 604-733-6186 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.


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About PeerNetBC

 Youth - Community - Health PeerNetBC has been helping people connect since 1986, providing resources for peer groups and peer-led initiatives. Our resources and services are available for community members and groups across British Columbia, including online, rural, First Nations, multicultural and youth engagement initiatives. PeerNetBC is a non-profit, registered charitable organization.

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