Sharon Martin Community Health Fund - SMART Fund

Sharon Martin
Community Health Fund

The SMART Fund

Currently Funded Programs - Newcomers / Immigrants / Refugees

Chinese Help Lines
SUCCESS (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society)
Provides telephone support, provided by trained volunteers in Cantonese and Mandarin, for persons in the Chinese-speaking community who require emotional support and help in accessing mental health resources.

Community Kitchens and Language Orientation
Family Services of Greater Vancouver (Richmond)
Provides a community kitchen program for low-income, disadvantaged, and recent immigrant community members while concentrating on developing language skills and facilitating integration into Canadian society. Builds community capacity of these newcomers to work together in addressing hunger and increasing health and nutrition in a multicultural and multi-linguistic environment.

Community Seniors' Services
Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society
Provides a coordinated service to seniors that facilitate their participation in a luncheon and activity program which incorporates socialization, education, and recreation for isolated seniors and enhance autonomous, independent living skills in a manner that is inclusive and representative of the community demographics.

Cross-cultural Peer Support Group for Immigrant and Refugee Women
Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia
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Provides mental, physical and social support to marginalized immigrant and refugee women who are experiencing long-term and on-going challenges due to difficulties incurred during their integration process into Canadian society. Trains facilitators from immigrant and refugee communities to run peer support groups in their first language.  Support groups focus on mental health promotion with an emphasis on early intervention and prevention of mental illness.

Fostering Self-Help, A Community Oriented Dementia Support Program
Alzheimer Society of BC
Targets Chinese families who experience dementia. Provides a link to Chinese-language programs and services of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. including Support Groups, 1:1 Support, Educational Programs, Information Services and Safely Home/BC Photo Registry.

Immigrant Women's Peer Support Program
Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia
Provides mental, physical and social support to marginalized immigrant and refugee women who are experiencing long-term and on-going challenges due to difficulties incurred during their integration process into Canadian society. Trains facilitators from immigrant and refugee communities to run peer support groups in their first language. Support groups focus on mental health promotion with an emphasis on early intervention and prevention of mental illness.

Multicultural Family Health Project
Reach Community Health Centre
Assists individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds to receive the health services they require by helping to remove systemic barriers, enhancing their ability to participate in the health care systems at all levels, and promoting cross-cultural competence among healthcare providers.

Nobody’s Perfect Program
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
Coordinates and supports 4 Vancouver agencies to provide Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program to low-income and newcomer parents with the intent of strengthening parenting skills, reducing isolation and building community.

Nobody’s Perfect Program (aka: East Vancouver Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program)
Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association
Coordinates and supports a consortium of 15 Eastside agencies to provide Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program targeting low-income and newcomer families.  Group facilitation and training materials are provided in Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Punjabi.

Parent Connections
Richmond Family Place Society
Strengthens isolated families by increasing the capacity of parents to interact in their communities with the intention of positive outcomes for their children. This is implemented through recruiting parent volunteers and training them to become parent leaders and facilitators, and through regular Parent Support Network meetings.

Parents as Teachers
Mid-Main Community Health Centre
Provides parents with timely information on child development, prenatal to age five; involves them in parent-child activities that encourage language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills; and strengthens parent-child relationships. Monthly home visits, group parent meetings, health and developmental screening, appropriate referrals and connection to other community resources are key components of this program.

Pathways Clubhouse Chinese Support
Canadian Mental Health Association - Richmond
Encourages Chinese mental health consumers and their families to participate in culturally appropriate programming and support activities.

Richmond Chinese Mental Health Connections
Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends Society
Offers a peer support training program for Chinese speaking mental health consumers in Richmond.

Welcome Sea to Sky
Whistler Community Services Society
Provide leadership and mentorship training for immigrants and newcomers to increase their capacity to be full participants in their community, so that they can advocate for their own needs, and contribute to the wellbeing of other community members.

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