Community Advocacy

The Peer Advocacy Office is located downstairs at The Table on the same floor as the Good Food Bank. The office is run by Peer Advocates - community members with their own experiences living on low-incomes and navigating government programs. They receive training from The Table, typically including our Community Action Training as well as other specialized training sessions.

Advocates are available to offer resources, referrals, and support on a wide array of issues from replacing lost identification, to helping fill out paperwork, to conducting a housing search. The office is open to all community members and no appointment is needed.

For more information on the services the Community Advocacy Office offers please check out the Community Advocacy Office page, called Perth Advocates on Facebook.

To speak to an advocate please call 613-267-6428 ext. 29 or email advocacy@thetablecfc.org

Office hours are: Monday 2pm – 5pm, Tuesday 12pm – 3pm, Wednesday 4pm – 6pm, Thursday CLOSED, and Friday 2pm – 5pm

Advocacy Initiatives

Have Questions About the New Changes to OW & ODSP?  Come join us on Janaury 16th at 6:30 to get answers.    

 
You must PRE-REGISTER to attend.Call 1-800-263-1139 x6.
 
A workshop to gather information and share resources with people living on low income who have environmental sensitivities/illness that has been impacted by rental housing (current rental or rental in the past).

The documentary film Beyond Crisis, a call to action on the world's greatest social and ecological crisis being faced, and an exploration of how a just response to the climate crisis could create INCREDIBLE society-wide opportunities. Diving into some of the main causes and much-needed remedies to this global crisis, this film also explores our shared human response to large-scale change, along with the incredible potential of climate solutions to safeguard life on earth, create good work, protect human rights, promote justice and generally improve our shared world beyond our wildest imagination. Beyond Crisis is a grassroots, highly personal montage of voices from dozens of leaders for climate and clean energy action, to be used to create momentum for change around the world. As a 1-hour film, we do not claim to present all sides of this complex story, but are aiming to be a spark that helps facilitate deeper dialogue and meaningful action everywhere.
 
For more information visit: www.BeyondCrisisFilm.com #SafeClimateFuture @BeyondCrisisPCM fb.com/beyond-crisis-movie
 
 
Trailer credits and attribution: www.beyondcrisisfilm.com/trailer
 
 

"Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself."


"Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. In less than a century of industrial agriculture, our once abundant seed diversity—painstakingly created by ancient farmers and gardeners over countless millennia—has been drastically winnowed down to a handful of mass-produced varieties. Under the spell of industrial “progress” and a lust for profit, our quaint family farmsteads have given way to mechanized agribusinesses sowing genetically identical crops on a monstrous scale. Recent news headlines suggest that Irish history may already be repeating in our globalized food system. Articles in the New York Times and other mainstream sources report the impending collapse of the world’s supplies of bananas, oranges, coffee and coconuts—all due to a shortsighted over-reliance on a single, fragile variety. Without seed diversity, crop diseases rise and empires fall.


More than a cautionary tale of “man against nature,” the remarkable story of seeds is an epic “good-versus-evil” saga playing out in our modern lives. For eons, cultures around the world have believed seeds to be our birthright: a covenant with the earth shared by all and passed down across generations. But today, our seeds are increasingly private property held in corporate hands. A cadre of ten agrichemical companies (including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto) now controls more than two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Genetically modified crops (GMOs) engineered in their sterile laboratories dominate farmers’ fields and dinner tables in the United States and countries around the world. Farmers from Minnesota to Madhya Pradesh, India toil in economic thrall to the “Gene Giants,” paying hefty licensing fees to plant their patented crops. If they attempt to save their own seed at the end of a season, following a tradition practiced by humans for over 12,000 years, they face ruthless prosecution. (Suffering under this indentured servitude, over 250,000 farmers in India have committed suicide in the last 20 years.)


People everywhere are waking up to the vital importance of seeds for our future. In recent months, March Against Monsanto protests have rallied millions in more than 400 cities and 50 countries to the cause of seed freedom. Ballot initiatives to label genetically modified foods have been proposed in U.S. cities from California to Connecticut—a direct threat to the profits of the Gene Giants and their Big Food cronies. Seed libraries, community gardens, and a new generation of passionate young farmers are cropping up to shift the balance toward a more sustainable and sovereign seed paradigm. A David and Goliath battle is underway, and the stakes couldn’t be higher." https://www.seedthemovie.com/about/

 Check out the trailer here: https://www.seedthemovie.com/trailer

 

 

 

 

The Table to Host Second “Sleep A Night Under My Roof” Training Day for Social Service Workers

On November 22nd, the Table Community Food Centre will be hosting a freen all-day workshop for frontline workers and service providers called “Sleep A Night Under My Roof”.  The event takes place from 8:30-3:30 at Lion’s Hall and will include yummy healthy snacks and a delicious luncheon with gluten free vegan and nut free options prepared by the Twisted Fork. We held a similar event back in May of this year, and received such positive feedback that we have decided to run it again, so that those who missed it the first time might have a chance to participate. This time, in addition to service organizations from Lanark County, we are also opening up admission to those in Leeds and Grenville and Ottawa. We are also inviting our local members of parliament and town councils.

 

This initiative is funded through the Law Foundation of Ontario, and is a Connecting Communities program designed to help raise awareness of and educate frontline workers on tenant and housing rights under the law. The training is based in an experiential learning activity that gives participants firsthand knowledge of the kinds of issues that lower income community members face related to housing.  Event coordinators Vicki MacMillan and Tracey Parker have developed the program based on the popular Homelessness Maze, first created by the Canadian Mental Health Association and further adapted by local Health Units and Algonquin College Perth for use across Ontario. To ensure the relevance and accuracy of the training, the Table is working with people with lived experience to get their input on the scenarios.  Event partners - the Legal Clinic, Lanark County Interval House, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit and YAK - will also be providing input. Armed with this input, participants will know that all the stories and information shared are based on real lived experiences that could happen here in Lanark County. Participants will receive a local resource booklet that they can take back to their agencies after the workshop. The booklet will be formatted in a way that is easy to share with co-workers and is easy to replicate so the resource can be widely shared.

 

The morning portion of the workshop will give participants the opportunity to not only learn but experience directly the kinds of housing issues that many low-income community members face.  The frontline workers participating in the training will be put into small groups and each group will be assigned a character and given ahis/ her background story.  The participants will then proceed to  work their way through ‘the system’ by visiting relevant agencies, set up in kiosks around the room, as they try to try find assistance and support in order to meet their needs. After this experience in trying to get information and help, the group is brought back together to discuss and reflect on the experience by exploring how their character felt and identifying the issues, obstacles and challenges that they confronted during the morning exercise. The afternoon portion of the workshop will provide important, basic information about housing law and the Residential Tenancies Act including such topics as: evictions, maintenance and repairs, harassment and discrimination, rent increases, moving out, tenant belongings and more. The framework for learning about the law will be the issues and challenges that were identified in the morning activity and will respond to resolving the housing problems that the various characters tried to work through in the morning.  The workshop session will end with participants having a chance to debrief both about the full experience of the day, as well as providing feedback about how they think they can best use the training materials and the resource booklet. Participants will have the chance to get to know about the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Legal Clinic throughout the day and there will be some opportunity for open discussion with the clinic staff where participants can ask questions and discuss future collaboration and partnership opportunities with the clinic.

 

To make the day as authentic as possible we would love to have as many services represented as we can. The service representative would need to bring any pamphlets or handouts explaining what their service does, along with your intake forms and so on. People will come to their table and they are to give the referrals that you would on a normal day. 

 

The Sleep a Night initiative will also bring participants of the first event in May back to a second half-day session on November 23rd, at the Perth library, to talk about the successes that they have had in using the new legal information that they gained through the training.  This meeting will be a unique opportunity to get feedback on the impact of the training, input as to the usefulness of the training materials and to find out about any other related issues that can be addressed by local resources.  Reconvening the group will also provide an opportunity for participants to further network and collaborate in relation to a range of issues including housing related community action initiatives, further training opportunities and building professional supports.

 

If you are a frontline worker and service provider who is interested in attending please register at Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sleep-a-night-under-my-roof-tickets-38298405562?aff=es2

If you are interested, please contact us at housing@thetablecfc.org, and we will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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