PQCHC recognizes that the neighbourhoods of Ottawa thrive with the diligent efforts of their community members. Pinecrest-Queensway’s Safe People program, which is funded by the United Way Ottawa, is an ongoing volunteer leadership program that brings neighbours together to ensure the continued improvement of health and safety in the community.
Safe People are residents from the PQCHC catchment area who are trained extensively in many topics including:
- Communication skills
- Valuing diversity and inclusion
- Accessing community resources
- Mental health issues
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Conflict resolution and building positive relationships
The training builds on residents’ skills and experiences and encourages neighbourhood involvement. Safe People are members of, and take a lead in, organizing community groups, programs and activities such as Tenant/Community Associations, barbecues, holiday celebrations, craft groups and collective kitchens within their neighbourhoods. These activities help to strengthen the bonds between community members and community partners. Trained Safe People connect their neighbours to necessary resources and supports. They also plan and take action to create positive change where they live.
The program works in collaboration with a number of Ottawa agencies and organizations. Safe People also supports concerned citizens in having a voice in local decision-making processes.
For more information about PQCHC’s Safe People program please call Robynn Collins at 613-820-4922 ext. 3635, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.