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Connect & Prepare program applications, call for expressions of interest

Apply now to participate in Connect & Prepare’s Spring 2021 online program!

Are you missing community during the pandemic? Has COVID-19 got you wondering about how we’ll prepare and respond to other emergencies?

We are inviting groups of neighbours living in either a multi-unit building or complex, or on the same street, to be part of a fully online version of our popular “Connect & Prepare” program this spring. Through a series of online workshops held between April-June 2021, and with the support of micro-grants, program materials, and resource experts, you and your neighbours will:

  • Learn about different kinds of potential emergencies
  • Participate in fun online gatherings for socializing and discussing preparedness 
  • Develop strategies to improve your individual and collective safety
  • Explore opportunities to become more connected and mutually supportive before, during and after emergencies
  • Receive a bundle of micro-grants and resources including:
  • 2 online educational workshops (with other groups of neighbours from across the city)
  • 2 action planning sessions – designed to be fun & interactive, customized for just for you and your neighbours to plan the “when, how, and what” to get more connected and prepared!
  • Presentations, materials & facilitation from experts at the City of Victoria’s Emergency Management Division and Building Resilient Neighbourhoods 
  • A customized bin of $500 worth of shared emergency supplies 
  • Access to $200 micro-grants to launch other small projects that build connections and preparedness with your neighbours

Deadline for expressions of interest: April 1, 2021

Click here to  learn more and APPLY NOW

More program information

Program Schedule: 

  • Champion’s Orientation: April 14th (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Workshop #1 (online):May 12th (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Workshop#2 (online):May 26th (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Customized Action Planning Sessions (online): June dates TBD – Facilitated coaching support just for you and your neighbours! 

What to you need to apply

  • You represent a group of neighbours living in either a multi-unit building or complex, or on the same street located within the City of Victoria
  • You agree to take on the role of a “Resident Champion,” and find 1-2  more neighbours to be “Co-Champions” with you to work with us to organize and host your neighbours online (see more details about the role of Resident Champions below)
  • You have a minimum of 6 committed neighbours to participate in the full program (more is better!)
  • lf you live in a multi-unit building or complex, you communicate with your building/property manager and/or strata council to make them aware of your program application.

 Role of “Resident Champions”

  • Identify at least one or two other neighbours who will commit to being “co-champions” for the program with you.
  • Attend a fun and informal online orientation session with us on April 14th to learn more about the program and gather tools and resources to get started.
  • We will also host a fun wrapup evaluation session at the end of the program.
  • Reach out to your neighbours on your block or in your building to invite them to participate.With our support, collaborate with your neighbours to develop activities or projects that enhance neighbour connections, resilience, and preparedness.
  • Share your experiences, provide feedback, and engage in evaluation & learning activities about the program to help us continue to improve it.

Questions

Contact Cheryl at

Resources for download

Application resources

 Other emergency preparedness resources

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods, Victoria Ready, Hey Neighbour Collective and Victoria Foundation.

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