As the Refugee Response Team assessed the needs and gaps within each region, resources were created to help fill in those gaps and provide a comprehensive source for community stakeholders. We hope the resources below will assist you as you support newcomers and provide services.
Coordinated in collaboration with the Red Cross, this summer camp was a successful event wherein Syrian newcomer families met teachers, Syrian children took basic ESL and math courses, and community integration was coordinated for newcomer families.
In response to the needs of our education working group table, this resource was created to provide additional support for teachers and educator staff in their work with and for Syrian newcomer children.
In Greater Victoria and in some parts up island, housing vacancy was very low while the market price for homes remained staggeringly high for newcomer families. This template was created in order provide a backdrop to potential landlords, property managers, and housing developers for housing Syrian newcomer families. It addresses the concerns, details and reasons for housing a Syrian family while highlighting the positive experiences that other housing providers have had.
Employment for newcomer refugees often faces a large amount of barriers. This template was created, in similar response to the Housing Template (above), to dispel some stigmas that employers may have while addressing the support systems that are in place for newcomer employees.