We’re delighted to share that Potluck has received a Community and Employer Partnerships grant from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. In collaboration with a steering committee of ten other organizations practicing, Potluck will create a guidebook for supportive employment, which publishes in January 2020.
This project is in line with our mission to create jobs for people who live in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES). Our hope is that we can share policy, strategy, and success stories with other organizations who want to hire people who face barriers to traditional employment.
What is a Supportive Employer?
A supportive employer creates a safe and nurturing environment where workers with persistent barriers like experience of mental illness and addiction can successfully integrate into the workforce.
What is the Supportive Employment Guidebook?
The guidebook will take the mystery out of how to implement the right strategy for supportive employment. It will outline specific policies and share best practices, addressing the employment needs of people who reside in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.
This is an invaluable human resource tool for workplaces that want to create an inclusive environment that welcomes employees and gives them the support they need to thrive in their careers.
How Can the Guidebook Can Help Your Organization?
Whether your organization already follows supportive employment practices or wants to create new jobs under the model, the guidebook has practical information to make the process more efficient. The supportive employment model can open up the pool of possible candidates for jobs, helping employers address labour shortages in entry-level positions.
The guidebook can help employers who want to hire people who have been excluded from the workforce follow best practices to create good workplace environments. These practices benefit the community, allowing people to get above the poverty line and gain economic independence.
We’re very excited to publish the supportive employment guidebook! We’ll be posting more on the process we are using to create this valuable resource as well as what you can do to help.