211 on Social Services Newsletter December 2014

New national non-profit launched: The Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada
Led by Canadian dermatologists it aims to offer hope and help to more than 8 million Canadians affected by these common conditions. The website is educational with independent and reputable information. For more info visit: http://www.acneaction.ca/.

Escalator: an initiative to connect youth facing barriers with employment
CivicAction created the Escalator program to help youth in the Greater Toronto Horseshoe Area facing barriers find their first job. There will be new platforms to connect jobs with youth who need employment, help small and medium sized businesses post their job openings online, pool private sector money for training in areas where there are jobs and create mentoring opportunities. CivicAction will also be launching projects with LinkedIn and corporate partners to deliver training in the tech sector for youth. For more info visit: http://civicaction.ca/

Newcomer health professionals: Opportunities for jobs in bio-economy
Internationally educated health professionals can now transfer their scientific skills into alternative career paths in Canada’s bio-economy. BioTalent Canada will offer physicians, nurses, pharmacists and veterinarians the chance to pursue careers at 46 Canadian tech occupations. This is a three-year project to identify the transferable skills and a referral system with immigrant serving agencies across Canada. BioTalent is HR partner of Canada’s bio-economy and a national non-profit organization. www.biotalent.ca

New library services provides accessible books to Canadians with print disabilities
A new national service, the Centre for Equitable Library Access, that provides access to library materials to Canadians with learning, physical or visual disabilities. 75% of Canadian libraries are already CELA members. Residents can access materials in formats of their choice, right in their communities through their local public library. CELA is a new, national non-profit organization established by Canadian public libraries to provide equitable public library services for Canadians with print disabilities. More information at www.celalibrary.ca.

Kids and Diabetes in Schools project in six languages
This new North American launch Kids and Diabetes in Schools project offers an information pack for teachers, children and parents, a KiDS app for iPad for school personnel to access information and new Canadian guidelines for the care of students living with diabetes at school. This program is available in six languages as part of a global project.  Visit www.idf.org/education/kids for more information.

New website to access mental health help for First Nations citizens and communities
Iskatewizaagegan Independent First Nation has created a new website designed to assist Kenora area First Nations citizens, communities, and organizations in accessing Mental Health and Addiction services in the Kenora area. http://maps.minweyaanigoziwin.ca/index.php/quick-search-directory

New network formed for cognitive impairment and dementia
The Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange (AKE) and the Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange (CDRAKE) have united to form a new network called the brainXchange (www.brainxchange.ca).

The brainXchange will leverage the individual networks and share their collective wisdom, knowledge and expertise. It will also expand their reach to include cognitive impairment and dementia; as well as, other neurological conditions related to aging.

Training Project for Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs
Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs: An Integrated Training Project is part of the MCYS Moving on Mental Health plan to strengthen the mental health system. The project aims to help direct service providers enhance skills in key areas including: Targeted Prevention, Brief Services, Family/Caregiver Skills Building and Support, and supporting the capacity to practice within a health equity lens. The project website, now available at www.complexneeds.ca, offers a number of free training resources for front line workers.

Free Conferences and Workshops for Non-Profits through Innoweave
For information on Innoweave’s workshops and webinar for the non-profit sector on Impact and Strategic Clarity, Social Enterprise, visit http://innoweave.ca/en/workshops.

Innoweave is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in collaboration with Social Innovation Generation (SiG), thought leaders, academics, and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Innoweave’s objective is to provide community sector leaders with new tools and processes to effect large-scale change.

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