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There's a lot going on at TDIN!

TDIN is a member-driven network, so there's lots happening toward our sector stronger, supporting people who use drop-ins.

New Manager Announcement!

We are pleased to announce Susan Bender will be stepping into the role of TDIN Manager, full time effective May 14. Susan hails from Ottawa where she got her MSW at Carleton University and first started her work as an activist and organizer with women living on low income. since moving to toronto many years ago, she has worked in supportive housing, community health and community legal settings across the city. She has also done program development, strategic planning and advocacy and policy development overseas with children and youth and community based organizations. susan has had many opportunities to work with members of the toronto drop in network - doing outreach, supporting service delivery, facilitating workshops; organizing events and doing advocacy and community organizing with drop in members and staff. she is very excited to connect with all the members of the network and to support new, as well as the on-going, vital work of drop ins across the city. 

 Susan and Elis will be job sharing from April 26 to make sure the transition is smooth. Susan will be at the May General Members' Meeting to start to get to know you. It will be Elis' last time with TDIN on that day.

Membership Renewal time is over! Thank you to all the members who renewed during the January to March period. TDIN will be letting members know of their training and participant allocation amounts shortly!

Promoting Our Social Enterprises: Did you know TDIN has seven social enterprises connected to its members? We want to help promote them, and provide support and networking you ask for! Our Student, Wajiha Syed, developed a brochure, and report on our Social Enterprises. This website will have a dedicated page to promote the social enterprises soon!

Current Projects: 

Supporting People On The Streets (SPOTS) Project: TDIN has launched its collaborative project the City of Toronto,  Downtown Yonge BIA, Ryerson University and Meta Strategies to  work with the City to help people who are on the streets to increase access to services through a mobile phone app, and working with the private sector to reduce criminalization, as well as develop and grow relationships with the private sector downtown. The app is in development, so make sure your drop-in information is correct! Look here for more news as we move forward and make this project successful as we develop training for store front staff. We are currently working on the training courses to be offered to downtown retail staff.

Participant Engagement Framework: For a second time, the Public Good Initiative of the University of Toronto has agreed to help us develop a sector-wide best-practice framework for involving people who go to drop-ins in program design and delivery, conflict resolution, and more. What does it look like when it goes well? What are strategies we can put into practice regardless of our diversity? The consultants for this project will be at our January General Members Meeting to talk to members, and will be launching a completed Framework Documentat the May GMM.

Training: 

Regular Training: TDIN is delivering its four courses (through the Toronto Hostels Training Centre) as part of the Drop-In Foundations Certificate and the Drop-In Skills Certificate. To register, either sign up directly through your drop-in, or contact Melissa at support@tdin.ca if your drop-in wants to use its training support allocation to cover the costs.

Updated Certificates: The Training Committee is working to update our THTC Certificates for next year. Thanks to all who completed the training review survey! 

Capacity Building:

ICE Tool: The new ICE Tool is now being used my members!  Additional support and training is always available through Lauren, Training and Engagement Coordinator, who at be reached at engage@tdin.ca.

TDIN has four committees made up of members and community partners that each work to meet the needs of our members. Any staff or participant from a TDIN member organization is welcome to participate. Tokens are available to participants who would like to attend and an honorarium is given to regularly attending participants. 

If you are interested in coming to any of the following committee meetings, please email Melissa at support@tdin.ca.

Training Committee: The committee's current goal is to make sure the training needs of TDIN members are reflected in TDIN courses. It recently made recommendations to update the training offerred to TDIN members to meet their needs. Look here for updates in the Spring!

Advocacy Committee: Working for social justice is an important part of our work. This group of drop-in participants and staff work toward making it easier for drop-ins to advocate for the people who use their services and to work together on common goals (like adequate housing and income). The Committee has  released its Advocacy Toolkit for member drop-ins and  was involved in the National Housing Rally last fall, and its currently planning ways to increase advocacy work at drop-ins.

Harm Reduction Committee: This group of participants and community allies meets to discuss how harm reduction can be promoted in drop-ins.  Since a  pilot of peer mentored participants conducted workshops and promoted harm reduction last year, it is looking at ways to increase opioid overdose prevention.

Steering Committee: Providing oversight for TDIN activities, this group of participants and staff of member organizations works with TDIN Trustee, St. Stephen's Community House, to ensure TDIN planning and ongoing activity is effective and accountable to TDIN members. It has updated the Terms of Reference to be more inclusive of its members and will be be presenting an update to the 2014 to 2017 Strategic Priorities to the membership. In September we welcomed Joanne Clark, Peer Mentor from The Stop, and Meaghan Gillard from Sanctuary as new members, and welcome Tina Shapiro from Sistering in April!

 

There's a lot going on at TDIN!

TDIN is a member-driven network, so there's lots happening toward our sector stronger, supporting people who use drop-ins.

New Manager Announcement!

We are pleased to announce Susan Bender will be stepping into the role of TDIN Manager, full time effective May 14. Susan hails from Ottawa where she got her MSW at Carleton University and first started her work as an activist and organizer with women living on low income. since moving to toronto many years ago, she has worked in supportive housing, community health and community legal settings across the city. She has also done program development, strategic planning and advocacy and policy development overseas with children and youth and community based organizations. susan has had many opportunities to work with members of the toronto drop in network - doing outreach, supporting service delivery, facilitating workshops; organizing events and doing advocacy and community organizing with drop in members and staff. she is very excited to connect with all the members of the network and to support new, as well as the on-going, vital work of drop ins across the city. 

 Susan and Elis will be job sharing from April 26 to make sure the transition is smooth. Susan will be at the May General Members' Meeting to start to get to know you. It will be Elis' last time with TDIN on that day.

Membership Renewal time is over! Thank you to all the members who renewed during the January to March period. TDIN will be letting members know of their training and participant allocation amounts shortly!

Promoting Our Social Enterprises: Did you know TDIN has seven social enterprises connected to its members? We want to help promote them, and provide support and networking you ask for! Our Student, Wajiha Syed, developed a brochure, and report on our Social Enterprises. This website will have a dedicated page to promote the social enterprises soon!

Current Projects: 

Supporting People On The Streets (SPOTS) Project: TDIN has launched its collaborative project the City of Toronto,  Downtown Yonge BIA, Ryerson University and Meta Strategies to  work with the City to help people who are on the streets to increase access to services through a mobile phone app, and working with the private sector to reduce criminalization, as well as develop and grow relationships with the private sector downtown. The app is in development, so make sure your drop-in information is correct! Look here for more news as we move forward and make this project successful as we develop training for store front staff. We are currently working on the training courses to be offered to downtown retail staff.

Participant Engagement Framework: For a second time, the Public Good Initiative of the University of Toronto has agreed to help us develop a sector-wide best-practice framework for involving people who go to drop-ins in program design and delivery, conflict resolution, and more. What does it look like when it goes well? What are strategies we can put into practice regardless of our diversity? The consultants for this project will be at our January General Members Meeting to talk to members, and will be launching a completed Framework Documentat the May GMM.

Training: 

Regular Training: TDIN is delivering its four courses (through the Toronto Hostels Training Centre) as part of the Drop-In Foundations Certificate and the Drop-In Skills Certificate. To register, either sign up directly through your drop-in, or contact Melissa at support@tdin.ca if your drop-in wants to use its training support allocation to cover the costs.

Updated Certificates: The Training Committee is working to update our THTC Certificates for next year. Thanks to all who completed the training review survey! 

Capacity Building:

ICE Tool: The new ICE Tool is now being used my members!  Additional support and training is always available through Lauren, Training and Engagement Coordinator, who at be reached at engage@tdin.ca.

TDIN has four committees made up of members and community partners that each work to meet the needs of our members. Any staff or participant from a TDIN member organization is welcome to participate. Tokens are available to participants who would like to attend and an honorarium is given to regularly attending participants. 

If you are interested in coming to any of the following committee meetings, please email Melissa at support@tdin.ca.

Training Committee: The committee's current goal is to make sure the training needs of TDIN members are reflected in TDIN courses. It recently made recommendations to update the training offerred to TDIN members to meet their needs. Look here for updates in the Spring!

Advocacy Committee: Working for social justice is an important part of our work. This group of drop-in participants and staff work toward making it easier for drop-ins to advocate for the people who use their services and to work together on common goals (like adequate housing and income). The Committee has  released its Advocacy Toolkit for member drop-ins and  was involved in the National Housing Rally last fall, and its currently planning ways to increase advocacy work at drop-ins.

Harm Reduction Committee: This group of participants and community allies meets to discuss how harm reduction can be promoted in drop-ins.  Since a  pilot of peer mentored participants conducted workshops and promoted harm reduction last year, it is looking at ways to increase opioid overdose prevention.

Steering Committee: Providing oversight for TDIN activities, this group of participants and staff of member organizations works with TDIN Trustee, St. Stephen's Community House, to ensure TDIN planning and ongoing activity is effective and accountable to TDIN members. It has updated the Terms of Reference to be more inclusive of its members and will be be presenting an update to the 2014 to 2017 Strategic Priorities to the membership. In September we welcomed Joanne Clark, Peer Mentor from The Stop, and Meaghan Gillard from Sanctuary as new members, and welcome Tina Shapiro from Sistering in April!