CIF Past Projects

Some Consumer Initiative Fund past projects include:

  • A+ COMPUTER TECHNICIAN PROGRAM: An extensive program that prepared people who have only basic computer skills in becoming skilled and knowledgeable enough to write the Comptia A+ certification exam in order to work in the field or for education purposes only.
  • Breathe/WRITE: A 12-week workshop series by and for mental health peers held at Gallery Gachet from Oct 2012-Feb 2013. Combined breathing and relaxation techniques with activities, ideas and prompts on creative self-expression through journaling, writing and spoken word.
  • B.R.I.D.G.E.S.: Building Recovery of Individual Dreams through Education and Support was a ten-session course designed to teach participants about the stages of recovery, medications, problem management and other topics in a safe, confidential atmosphere.
  • CAPACITY BUILDING (LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR CONSUMERS)
  • COMMUNITY KITCHEN
  • CONSUMER ARTISTS’ WORKSHOPS
  • CONSUMER ACTIVITIES: CIF funded this project through SMART monies and it was hosted by the Coast Resource Centre. This program consisted of four Games Days, a dinner outing, and a movie outing every month. It continued for over ten years.
  • HEALING JOURNAL WRITING
  • HOSPITAL HAIR CARE: A hairdresser, who also had lived experience of mental illness, regularly performed hair services at VGH mental health wards on a weekly basis.
  • INTRODUCTION TO ALTERNATIVE HEALING
  • JOURNEY OF RECOVERY
  • LOCOMOTION: LocoMotion, an entertainment performance company conceived and performed “BUG LIGHTS,” a play that explored psychiatric challenges and recovery based on the lived experiences of LocoMotion members. There were three performances held at the HEC Paetzold Centre at Vancouver General Hospital in March 2012.
  • MENTAL HEALTH ACTION: This peer group met monthly at the Carnegie Community Centre to offer support in navigating the mental health system.
  • PARENT RESOURCE PROGRAM: This group was the first of its kind in the Vancouver region that offered support to parents coping with a mental illness. Some parents attended their meetings for the life span of the project which was about eight years. The project manager organized recreation outings for parents as well.
  • RECOVERY THEATRE
  • SAFE
  • SEWING NOTIONS
  • SPARK: Creative ideas for everyday life: Through creative workshops including scavenger hunts, walking tours and natural food dyeing, this project produced a booklet. Link HERE to view.
  • SPARK: 1 idea, 100 ways: This project’s aim was to engage one hundred people in creating 100 art images with a common theme to be displayed in an online gallery.
  • SUICIDE SURVIVORS COALITION SUPPORT GROUP
  • THE DRIVE POOL
  • WRITE FROM THE HEART: This 8-week writing program was taught at 2 levels each year to stimulate growth and interest in writing.
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