Scaling-Up Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention
This project scaled up an existing Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention program by engaging community members. Tools and resources are freely available.
- Create a model and social infrastructure for sustaining and expanding the reach of the Finding Home Community Capacity Building Dialogues for elder abuse awareness and prevention.
- Create strategies for engaging seniors’ leadership and building partnerships across a wide range of community sectors to address elder abuse, and support initiatives led by seniors from all ethnocultural communities.
- Finding Home; South Vancouver Neighbourhood House; Vancity
- Additional partners identified through the project: Family Services of Greater Vancouver; MOSAIC; Seniors First BC; BC211; City of Richmond; Vancouver Aboriginal Family Services; Musqueam Nation; Reconciliation Canada; Royal Bank; Vancouver Foundation; Metro Vancouver Cross Cultural Seniors Network; United Way of the Lower Mainland; Telus; London Drugs; Dream Bank; LOCO BC; Community Action Initiative (foundation); UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning; City of Vancouver Social Planning; Provincial Health Services Society; Vantage Point, BC Non-Profit Housing Association; Urban Matters; 411 Seniors Centre Society; SPARC BC; Vancouver Coastal Health; and Burnaby Social Planning Committee.
- Designed and facilitated:
- 3 seniors focus groups with Afghani seniors; South Asian seniors; multi-cultural seniors
- 1 focus group with host agency coordinators
- 2 focus groups with agency and organizational leaders at Vancouver Foundation
- 1 Aboriginal Leaders focus group at Musqueam First Nation
- Sustainability workshop (testing tools with agencies identified through the focus groups).
- Identified champions and focus group participants interested in further collaboration.
- Interviewed and filmed nine seniors who volunteered to be in the promotional video.
- Created a model of partnerships and presented to six planning and advisory tables.
- Developed and tested the Readiness Self-Assessment tool for agencies.
- Three non-profit organizations have self-assessed readiness to sustain elder-led activities.
- The following communities and organizations indicated interest in using the tools and Finding Home™ approach to support elders-led abuse prevention dialogues: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, MOSAIC, Century House.
- Engaged financial institutions and funders in dialogue to brainstorm a funding model that would sustain an elders-led community development network.
- Established new relationships and collaboration.
Tools and Resources:
Focus groups and interviews generated information that led to the creation of sustainability tools.
- Developed a website dedicated to the scaling-up project with tools and resources
- Tools are currently being updated and will be offered as a PDF download when ready. In the meantime, consider attending #TogetherInAction to see this project presented! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
- Further resourcing is needed to adapt the Asset Based Community Development Checklist for Aboriginal communities.
- Seniors are not interested in fundraising directly.
- Agency leaders are concerned about seniors being exploited.
- To better engage with the business sector, should have a working group member with a corporate community investment portfolio be part of the project, and a business student intern have a practicum to carry out the business sector engagement and research.
- Need to present the Finding Home™ program at business sector meetings and gatherings.
- Should have kept scope of research phase smaller, rather than adding more focus groups.
- The business sector was the hardest to engage. Several were invited to the sustainability focus group but did not attend. Consequently, three one-on-one interviews were conducted.
- How to resource a Finding Home team to support and train communities throughout B.C. on this effective prevention approach to elder financial abuse.
- Looking for a way to house Finding Home as a team approach to support communities who want to use this process within a resourced, provincial body.
- Will engage in a social media campaign to drive stakeholders and others to access the tools available on the website. E-newsletter and blogs will include all stakeholders involved in the project, as well as the thousands of others that subscribe to the blog and follow on twitter.
- BCCRN, if needed, offered to support the Finding Home process and disseminate training opportunities via its website and mentors.