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Family Resource Centres: Community Settings that Support Social Inclusion

The goal of this project was to attract and engage isolated new Canadian families (defined as immigrants who have lived in Canada for three or more years) to community-based family resource programs in order to:

  • build transferable skills
  • enhance knowledge about Canadian practices and values
  • increase intercultural understanding
  • provide opportunities to contribute through volunteerism, including mentorship of other new Canadian families
  • nurture broader social networks

Twenty FRP Canada member organizations were selected as host sites to develop activities that will meet this goal in their communities. These sites connected with community partners for outreach and support to isolated new Canadian families. FRP Canada facilitated the interaction of all of the host sites to share their learnings and to support one another.

This 24-month project, completed in July 2012, also produced two resources - the Community Engagement Guide for family support practitioners and the Peer Mentoring Guides for family support practitioners and volunteers. These tools include project learnings and will be available to download at www.frp.ca and www.welcomehere.ca. Funding for the project was provided by the Multiculturalism Program at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

For more information please contact Christine Colbert at ccolbert@frp.ca or Ratna Nadkarni at ext 223 or rnadkarni@frp.ca.

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