Free training: Improving Women's Safety in Co-Ed Shelters

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In partnership with Shelter Net BC and BC Society of Transition Houses, the Woman Abuse Response Program at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre will be delivering free training on Improving Women’s Safety in Co-Ed Shelters in 7 communities around the province. This training will enable front line shelter staff to learn more about how to keep women safe in a co-ed shelter environment. The training is open to all service providers who work with vulnerable populations, though priority will go to co-ed shelter staff.

ONE DAY FREE TRAINING for front line workers to learn more about how to keep women safe in co-ed shelter environments. Training will provide information on women’s experiences of violence and how it is connected to homelessness; impacts of violence, including mental health and addictions; barriers women face accessing services and trying to achieving safety; and examining policy and practices in shelters that impact women safety. This training is funded by ShelterNet BC, and jointly developed by BC Society of Transition Houses and BC Women’s Hospital’s Women Abuse Response Program.

April 27, 2012 – Burnaby
May 2, 2012 – Fort St. John
May 8, 2012 – Kelowna
May 14, 2012 – Prince George
May 29, 2012 – Langley
May 31, 2012 – Nanaimo
June 4, 2012 – Vancouver

Please register online at

Email for more information.

Peer Support at the BCCPD

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) is having a peer support group for people living with a disability.

What is “peer support”?

An opportunity for people to exchange ideas and experiences in a confidential, respectful environment with trained facilitators.

The group will explore many topics, such as:

– Daily living and coping in a changed world
– Relationships with friends, family and others
– Navigating medical systems
– Personal wellness and finding joy
– Exploring and sharing ideas about ‘what’s next’

Group size limited to 15 people. Group members can participate as much as they feel comfortable. Bus tickets and snacks provided.

Dates:           May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12 & June 19
           1pm to 3pm
    BCCPD office, 204-456 West Broadway, Vancouver
To Register:
Contact Nicole at 604-875-0188 or

A Cup Half Full

Have you ever wondered about the people who seem to be naturally successful in life? They appear confident and competent and once they set a direction or a goal, they sail along with apparent ease until they “arrive” at success. When I was much younger I believed that life could be that simple. As I was growing up I believed the prevailing myth that life was “fair” and that success was earned by “playing by the rules” and hard work. I soon discovered that life was not always fair and hard work was not always enough to achieve my goals.

Read the rest of “A Cup Half Full” by BCCPD’s Shelley Hourston in The Positive Side (pages 4-5), the Positive Women’s Network’s quarterly magazine. Link: