We offer an opportunity for private refugee sponsors to connect, learn and share. We have found that sharing our experience, challenges and success goes a long way to ensure effective and efficient settlement practice. Newcomers benefit from sponsors connecting.
Our goal is to be the “go-to” organization, a trusted resource, where sponsors can learn from each other through collaboration with settlement agencies and experts in a variety of fields. We want to make a difference in the lives of newcomers.
Sponsors want resources and supports that work and have been tested by other sponsors. They want to improve their settlement practice based on sponsor experience.
Our track record of responding to sponsor post-arrival need by developing services that equip them with skills and knowledge has demonstrated the Network’s role of connection, learning and sharing.
Whether it is through our skills development workshops focussed on challenging post-arrival issues, or problem-solving through Lunch & Learns, or access to information-sharing, participants acknowledge the important role the Network plays in providing supports..
Participants have appreciated the practical tips, expert advice and counsel, and input from individuals with lived experience. Sponsors came to events with questions and went home with answers. They avoided pitfalls, accessed new ideas and new resources – all to ensure best practice in settlement.
Knowledgeable and well-trained sponsors are key to successful settlement. Newcomers who are sponsored benefit from the personal relationships established and the lived experience of those who sponsor them. Research demonstrates that sponsored newcomers integrate much faster into Canadian life.
We have a proven five-year record of achievement with federal incorporation in 2021. We have over 450 sponsors in our database who participate in Network communication and activities.
We offer online workshops addressing private sponsor issues identified by private sponsors. Since 2016, The Network has met the needs of sponsors through skills development with two-hour online workshops. Topics have included addressing issues such as understanding cultural impact, challenges in finding accommodation, dealing with health issues, accessing education certification, creating employment strategies, what ESL works best, how to address needs in smaller communities, opening a conversation around financial planning and child protection, among others. To register, watch for our flyers on Eventbrite, or send an email to email@example.com.
Our current series of workshops from 10:00 am to 12 noon includes:
Addressing Cultural Differences in Parenting Styles
Accessing the Skilled Trades for Employment
Learning a New Language: What does it take?
Sponsors possess considerable knowledge from work and lived experience. They know how to problem-solve and share information. Together, in discussion, they address issues and problems sponsor groups face in working toward best practice. With the help of a resource person and a moderator, they get to the heart of the challenge and offer each other practical solutions in an online, one-hour discussion where they quickly gain new knowledge or confirm they are on the right track in their decision-making. For information on any Lunch & Learn participation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch & Learn launch is planned for Fall 2022 with events offered between our quarterly workshops.
Upcoming discussions, from 12 noon – 1:00 pm include:
We are working on the development of a mentorship program, to be launched in Winter 2023 , to serve the needs of new sponsors. Sponsors have identified a need for this kind of service to assist in their effective settlement of newcomers.
Mentoring involves a special kind of caring, supportive relationship or partnership between two people, or two organizations, that is based on trust and respect. Mentors share their knowledge and experience with those they mentor. They help them define their goals and address issues of immediate need or longer-range challenges.
A mentor is not expected to be a social worker, or settlement professional, but some one who has walked the walk, is a good problem-solver based on life experience. Being a mentor means finding the way to best practice without making too many wrong turns. It is providing insight learned through experience.
We will be announcing the program soon. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Sponsors have identified a need for an online resource directory tailored to their needs that would zero-in on what they are looking for. In collaboration with the refugee sector, this offering is planned for launch in 2023.
We share specific information with Network participants through regular emails. When you have something that might benefit others, you are encouraged to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will pass the information along to Network participants.
If you are trying to solve a particular problem or challenge, or someone who has direct experience with a specific challenge you are facing, let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. We will do our best to connect you with a member who can help.