Expression of Interest: Self Advocates Leading Connection During COVID-19

Community Living BC (CLBC) is working with partners to find ways to support people to stay safe and connected through the COVID-19 pandemic. The BC Self Advocacy community has an important role to play to help lead this effort.

We understand that during this time of COVID many of the people we serve are feeling lonely and disconnected from other people.

CLBC wants to pay an independent self advocacy group(s) to organize and offer safe ways for people with diverse abilities to connect with other people during COVID.

We will be awarding grants for the period of January 2021 – August 2021.

The grant for the successful applicant(s) will be to hire self advocates to do this leadership work and pay for administrative and technical supports as needed. For example, payroll or technology assistance.

This is an opportunity for self advocates to:

  • Take on a leadership role and get paid for it (great if you have experience, but not required).
  • Create a plan and choose who you want to hire to make your ideas happen.
  • Become an independent self advocacy group/organization led by and for people who live with the label of a developmental or intellectual disability (if you aren’t one already).

The selected group(s) would need to:

  • organize ways for people in the same areas of the province to connect.
  • organize ways for people across the province to connect.
  • organize ways to get the word out about ways to connect that are already happening.
  • organize ways to learn from and share ideas and information with other self advocacy groups in BC.

The ways this might happen are:

  • video calls (ex- zoom) and telephone or conference calls where people meet each other and talk about how they are doing and what is important to them right now.
  • on-line events – like fun social events, games, workshops or classes about things people want or need to learn about.
  • other safe kinds of activities that would help people stay safe and connected with other people.
  • connecting with and sharing information and ideas with other self advocacy groups and leaders around BC.

What CLBC Would Expect from Groups that Apply:

  • You are an independent self advocacy group or organization led by and for people who live with the label of a developmental or intellectual disability (you don’t have to be an official organization when you apply, but we would expect you to become one as part of this work).
  • You have ideas and a plan of how to organize ways for people in the same areas to connect.
  • You have ideas and a plan of how to organize ways for people across the province to connect.
  • You have ideas and a plan of how to let as many people as possible know about what you’re doing.
  • You have a plan of different ways for people to connect that are safe, fun, exciting and educational.
  • You have a plan of how to learn from and share with other self advocacy groups and people with diverse abilities around B.C.
  • You know what you would need to make your ideas work. For example, you know what you will need to:
    • organize things
    • use technology
    • run the events and calls
    • make the events and calls fun, safe and interesting
    • keep people connected
  • You have thought about how much money your plan will cost, including paying self advocates who will lead this work and paying other support staff you may need to help you with technical support (e.g. payroll or help with technology).
  • You can clearly explain how the work will be led by people with the lived experience of having an intellectual or developmental disability.
  • You can clearly explain what role allies and/or supporters will play, if needed.

Do you have questions about this? Want to learn more? Come to one of these information sessions – allies and supporters of independent self advocacy groups are welcome to join information sessions too!

How to apply to this Expression of Interest:

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