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Community United Conversation Series

Understanding Homelessness in Oxford

Built for Zero Canada, along with other local panelists, discuss the unignorable issue of homelessness to better understand why this is happening, the complexities, the systemic issues, and how United Way and others are working to create change to ensure that everyone in our community can have a safe place to call home. Built for Zero Canada believes that we can eliminate homelessness across our Country, and so do we. This is also a great time to learn from the Social Planning Council Oxford about the information and data collected during Oxford’s first Registry Week in November 2020. Insightful interviews with 93 individuals across Oxford helped all of the members of the Oxford Housing Action Collaborative to learn our local truth and to gain insight into the reasons and struggles impacting Oxford citizens facing homelessness.

Human Trafficking

We were excited to welcome Kelly Tallon Franklin, from Courage for Freedom, to speak on human and sex trafficking, specifically youth exploitation. With her lived experience, she worked with police and others to develop ProjectOnRoute geared to raise awareness of the issue up and down the 401 Highway; now she has launched Project Maple Leaf to stop the exploitation of children. It is a disturbing topic, and a more disturbing reality – and it is one that Oxford County is not immune to. Learn more about it, what to watch for, who to call should you see something suspicious, and what resources and supports are available. Additional panelists include, Woodstock Police Services, OPP and DASO

Children & Youth

Managing children’s mental health needs can be challenging, especially during COVID-19 with the worry, stress, anxiety and concern for the here and now as well as the future. Our panelists from TVDSB, LDCSB, Early On, Woodstock Hospital and Wellkin will provide insight, suggestions and tips as we cope with kids of all ages that have been socially isolated, learning virtually, feeling anxious about the pandemic, trying to accept loss and grief for how things were, and so much more.

Mapping Mental Health

Our panelists from CMHA Oxford, Oxford County Community Health Centre, Woodstock Hospital and the Ingersoll Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic will help us better understand the issues we are all trying to cope with, learn about what trends they are seeing, and help us gain insight and direction on mapping mental health support and services.

Mental Health is something that impacts us all and we must always be thinking of the importance of wellbeing and how important it is to reduce stigma.

Us & Them

This panel discussion was a follow-up conversation to put a local lens on the issues and challenges featured in the US & THEM documentary, as well as to highlight existing programs and services across Oxford to help those in need as well as recent investments designed to create lasting positive change.

Panelists include: CMHA Oxford, Oxford County Community Health Centre, Woodstock Police, Social Planning Council Oxford