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We recently carried out an assessment of our Building Economic Self-Sufficiency program (BESS), to find ways in which we could improve our clients' success in the program. Following the BESS assessment, we will be making the following improvements to our program:
One aspect of our improved program is to bring in guest workshop facilitators to conduct sessions with our clients on useful information that pertains to their job search as well as other aspects of their unique situations as survivors of intimate partner violence. We have found these workshops very useful for keeping the programming interesting and relevant, and we’ve been able to reconnect with clients that we hadn’t seen in a while because they were interested in the new workshop topics not strictly related to employment.
The most popular recent guest facilitator workshops have been an information session with Detective Jennifer Metzger, of the award-winning Victim Support Unit with Toronto Police Services; a workshop on Legal Aid Ontario; an information session and Q&A with a Peace Officer from the Ministry of Labour to talk about Employment Standards; a workshop on effective job searching with Indeed’s Job Squad; and a workshop on financial planning with the Credit Counselling Society of Ontario.
We are very excited about the changes to the BESS program and the positive implications we believe they will have for our clients, so please get in touch if you would like to learn more!
Tel: 416-924-1411 Ext. 279