Taking advantage of Central's unique role and mandate to coordinate activities of community development in the area and support others, the Well-being project espouses the need of both systems and individuals to respond to crisis in a compassionate and safe way. We acknowledge high burnout for front line staff and volunteers at local community organizations or grassroots groups, who, often unprepared, are called to respond to individuals in crisis.
Central Neighbourhoods is creating opportunities for collective capacity building in West Central Winnipeg around crisis management, training and best practices sharing.
- CO.PE. Training:
Central Neighbourhoods Winnipeg, Manitoba Harm Reduction Network, and BarNone are proud to present "Community Peacebuilding", a training on destigmatizing substance use, capacity building around violence prevention, and addressing crisis within the community.
A process that facilitates the establishment of durable peace and tries to prevent the recurrence of violence by addressing root causes and effects of conflict through reconciliation, institution building, and political as well as economic transformation.
Why Peacebuilding and not De-escalation Training? Peacebuilding goes beyond deescalation. Escalation often begins because we ourselves are in a state of discomfort or stress from feeling uncomfortable or feel unsure of how (or if!) to approach a situation.
COPE aims to increase community capacity, brainstorming community resources, workshopping situations to prevent escalation, and reducing reliance on police involvement. Attendees are required to bring one written scenario that they have personally struggled with to workshop.
- Alternatives to Calling Police:
In response to reliance on calling police in escalating situations, Central Neighbourhoods collaborates with Bar None Winnipeg, and borrows their expertise in facilitating a community workshop on brainstorming, working through situations as a group, and mapping out networks of resources.
- Youth Naloxone Training:
Central is supporting youth who are interested in preventing overdoses in the community. Youth are offered free training from experts from WRHA Street Connections on: harm reduction, administering Naloxone, overdose prevention, and take home their very own Naloxone kit at no cost. Snacks and bus tokens will be provided upon request.
- Harm Reduction 101:
The video below is the recording of the online training with Project Safe Audience, recorded live on Facebook (March 2020).
- CO.PE. Training: