KW Counselling Services and the KW Multicultural Centre collaborate to offer the Bridging Resources Program. This program is a response to the need for equal access to mental health services for all ethnic communities in Kitchener Waterloo and was established 1999. Bridging Resources reaches out to new and experienced ethnocultural leaders in the Kitchener Waterloo area. The members are committed to strengthening the emotional fabric of ethnic communities and promoting a sense of belonging to Waterloo Region.
The Bridging Resources members act as facilitators, who respect, support and meet the needs of their cultural communities by improving their knowledge and skills in a safe, culturally diverse setting. Networking and workshops for members are monthly from September to June.
Bridging Resources provides:
- Mutual Support
- Facilitator Training
- Advocacy skill development
- Intercultural partnerships
- Assertiveness Training
- Research Opportunities
- Informal leaders connecting their community members to formal Resources
Contact: Applications are not required however experience in social support within your community is an asset. Social Work students may also call ahead to make appointments.
Membership Fees: Joining the Bridging Resources Program is free of charge.
Bridging Resources Facilitators are a multicultural group of community leaders from diverse ethnic backgrounds. They also provide local agencies with:
- Culturally based information sharing
- Sensitivity screening for program materials
- Multicultural Parenting Outreach Workshops
- Links to translation services
- A voice for cultural inclusivity
For more information 519-884–0000 ext 212.
Rates for agency based workshops are available upon request.