The family program at Access Alliance focuses on families with children aged 0 – 6 and is based on a Peer Intervention Model whereby immigrant/refugee women are recruited and hired to participate in a comprehensive training and skills building program. These Peer Outreach workers are placed in partner agencies located in under-serviced areas across the city including Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, and downtown Toronto.
Peer Outreach Workers link with immigrant/refugee women and children who speak the same language and support them to access resources in the community, create social support networks & reduce social isolation, participate more actively in the community and improve their health and well-being.
In our Family Program, services provided include:
- Outreach to isolated newcomer women in under- resourced neighbourhoods
- Information/referrals to health and social services
- Accompaniment & Interpretation
- Parenting workshops and Fitness programs
We have developed a Newcomer Women Early Years Peer Outreach Training Curriculum which outlines the core competencies required of an effective Peer Outreach Worker. This manual is rooted in adult education principles and is available to organizations working with newcomer women who are engaged in peer outreach.
Download the Peer Outreach Curriculum (Adobe Acrobat PDF format, 690 KB, 95 pgs)