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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: 

  • TDIN Coalition and Campaign Endorsement Policy

TDIN supports the work of drop ins and drop in participants who are engaged in community collaborations and campaigns that benefti drop ins and the communities who use them. Members can access the updated policy on how TDIN responds to requests from organizations and groups to endorse and/or provide financial support for an activity or a campaign in the resources section.

  • TDIN perspective on role of 24 hour respite drop ins

Available in resource section

Current Projects: 

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!

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 by increasing 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 uses TDIN information, so make sure your drop-in information is correct! The first training for store front staff was well received by participants and a second training is planned for the fall. The first phase of the app is rolling out and TDIN will help the City to test it before it becomes live. Check in here for updates over the summer and fall.

 

Providing drop in perspectives - Supporting Campaigns:

TDIN staff are active participants at several tables providing input on issues such as the City of Toronto Harm Reduction Framework for shelters, drop ins and housing providers; Coroner's inquest into the deaths of Brad Chapman and Grant Faulkner; City of Toronto Elections Outreach; the phasing in of Presto and the importance of single use media (currently tokens and tickets). TDIN is a member of the Transit Equity Working Group with TAEH and the Fair Fare Coalition that advocates for affordable fares, especially for people living on low income. See www.ttcriders.ca/fairfarecoalition Fair Fare Coalition encourages community member participation.

 

 

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 Member Support Coodinator at support@tdin.ca if your drop-in wants to use its training support allocation to cover the costs.

Updated Certificates: The Training Committee has updated the THTC Certificates, which will start effective September 2017. Thanks to all who completed the training review survey! 

 

Capacity Building:

ICE Tool: The new ICE Tool is now being used by members!  Additional support and training is always available through Lauren, Training and Engagement Coordinator, who can 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 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. The committee is now working on developing a training policy and hiring new workshop facilitators within drop-ins. 

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 reviewing and updating TDIN's 2014 to 2017 Strategic Priorities to direct our work in 2017 and 2018. We welcomed Monica Sarty, from Dixon Hall, to the Committee in June. TDIN is always looking for new member staff and participants who want to actively contribute to the Steering Committee.

 

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: 

  • TDIN Coalition and Campaign Endorsement Policy

TDIN supports the work of drop ins and drop in participants who are engaged in community collaborations and campaigns that benefti drop ins and the communities who use them. Members can access the updated policy on how TDIN responds to requests from organizations and groups to endorse and/or provide financial support for an activity or a campaign in the resources section.

  • TDIN perspective on role of 24 hour respite drop ins

Available in resource section

Current Projects: 

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!

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 by increasing 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 uses TDIN information, so make sure your drop-in information is correct! The first training for store front staff was well received by participants and a second training is planned for the fall. The first phase of the app is rolling out and TDIN will help the City to test it before it becomes live. Check in here for updates over the summer and fall.

 

Providing drop in perspectives - Supporting Campaigns:

TDIN staff are active participants at several tables providing input on issues such as the City of Toronto Harm Reduction Framework for shelters, drop ins and housing providers; Coroner's inquest into the deaths of Brad Chapman and Grant Faulkner; City of Toronto Elections Outreach; the phasing in of Presto and the importance of single use media (currently tokens and tickets). TDIN is a member of the Transit Equity Working Group with TAEH and the Fair Fare Coalition that advocates for affordable fares, especially for people living on low income. See www.ttcriders.ca/fairfarecoalition Fair Fare Coalition encourages community member participation.

 

 

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 Member Support Coodinator at support@tdin.ca if your drop-in wants to use its training support allocation to cover the costs.

Updated Certificates: The Training Committee has updated the THTC Certificates, which will start effective September 2017. Thanks to all who completed the training review survey! 

 

Capacity Building:

ICE Tool: The new ICE Tool is now being used by members!  Additional support and training is always available through Lauren, Training and Engagement Coordinator, who can 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 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. The committee is now working on developing a training policy and hiring new workshop facilitators within drop-ins. 

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 reviewing and updating TDIN's 2014 to 2017 Strategic Priorities to direct our work in 2017 and 2018. We welcomed Monica Sarty, from Dixon Hall, to the Committee in June. TDIN is always looking for new member staff and participants who want to actively contribute to the Steering Committee.