LINKWORKERS’ NETWORK (RÉSEAU D’ÉCLAIREURS) IN NDG
The Linkworkers’ Network (Scouting Network for Psychological Health )(Réseau d’Éclaireurs), a mental health project initiated by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, aims to increase the ability of individuals and communities to adapt and become more resilient during and after a pandemic. This initiative to promote psychological health identifies and supports people whose psychological state is fragile, while facilitating access to resources and services.
The Linkworkers are significant people or interveners who are already present in their environment and trained in psychological first aid. Their mandate is to:
- Propose ways to take care of themselves and others
- Share the resources that are available in their area
- Help develop and disseminate activities that promote wellness
- Identify and share strategies to deal with stress signals or refer to a resource for help, if needed
- Be the eyes and ears of their community
The establishment of the Éclaireurs network on the territory of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal , who will go out into the field to meet the clienteles and put forward actions for the promotion, prevention, detection and early intervention of psychosocial problems, will contribute, among other things, to formalizing and better structuring the following actions:
- La réalisation d’activités de résilience communautaire par le développement de trajectoires de services, d’outils et d’ateliers et le partage de bons coups en résilience communautaire ;
- L’élaboration d’une cartographie des communautés et des ressources existantes en regard des clientèles et milieux desservis ;
- Un repérage de personnes ou de communautés ayant besoin de soutien relié aux déterminants de la santé. Ce repérage permettra d’informer ceux-ci sur des ressources existantes dans la communauté et de les orienter, au besoin, vers des ressources d’aide en utilisant l’outil de la Prescription sociale.
These community partners participate in CIUSSS West-Central Montreal’s mental health Linkworkers’ network:
- Agence Ometz
- Association de soccer Outremont/Ville Mont-Royal
- Bienvenue NDG
- Centre d’action bénévole Montréal
- Centre Espoir Nouveau
- Centre Eva Marsden
- Centre Green
- Conseil Communautaire De Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
- Dépôt alimentaire
- Dispensaire alimentaire
- Groupe Harmonie
- Innovation Jeunes
- Jeunesse unie
- Maison des jeunes d’Outremont
- Prévention CDN/NDG
- Projet Cumulus
- Relais CDN
- Table de quartier d’Outremont
- Table Inter-action Peter McGill
- Walkley Centre
- Westhaven Community Centre
- Yellow door
- YMCA Centre-ville
- YMCA du Parc
LAST YEAR STATISTIC
After the impact of COVID-19, in 2021, our outreach team focused on bringing the community back together through different kiosks and outdoor festive events such as neighborhood barbecue, the wheel game and community gardening.
Wheel game: Having spent all of last summer surveying residents the team felt that general outreach needed some new tools. We created the wheel game as a result!
In total 303 residents were surveyed
we had approximately 35 winners of gift cards or electronic Tablets
Vision for future outreach in NDG
Partnership with other organizations
Partnership is a critical component of successful outreach efforts in the NDG neighborhood. The NDG Community Council actively seeks partnerships with other community organizations to maximize outreach opportunities and better serve the needs of residents. For instance, the council provides kiosks during other organizations' events, and community workers from other organizations can join together for outreach initiatives. By working collaboratively, the Council can promote resources not only from its own organization but also from other organizations in NDG. This is made possible through effective communication and trust-building efforts among community organizations. By sharing information about available resources and collaborating on outreach initiatives, community organizations can help to ensure that residents are aware of and have access to the services they need. Partnership is a crucial aspect of building a connected and supportive community in NDG.
Partnership with residents
Partnership with residents is another essential aspect of successful outreach efforts in the NDG neighborhood. The NDG Community Council works to involve residents in outreach activities, such as kiosks and door-to-door campaigns, by recruiting volunteers from the community. This approach not only enables the council to expand its outreach efforts but also empowers residents to actively participate in the community and learn more about the services offered by the council. By involving residents in outreach initiatives, the council can build trust, establish relationships, and gain valuable insights into the needs of the community. This partnership approach fosters a sense of ownership and pride among residents and promotes a more connected and engaged community in NDG.