Community Engagement

Three volunteers in front of DPNCHC

Community Development and Health Promotion

Community Development and Health Promotion activities at DPNCHC use advocacy, health education, and personals skill development to increase the ability of vulnerable populations to positively affect their own health outcomes.

By engaging and organizing community members, we work to address barriers to health and wellbeing such as low income, unemployment, lack of adequate and affordable housing, social isolation, limited access to medical care and healthy food, and discrimination.

To get involved, contact Gabrielle Langlois, Community Development and Health Promoter at glanglois@dpnchc.ca or 416-656-8025 ext. 204

To volunteer, contact Sanchia Frank, Volunteer Coordinator at sfrank@dpnchc.ca or 416-656-8025 ext. 377

 

Davenport Community Ramp Project

Volunteers posing with ramps

A small gap can be a major barrier.

The short step in front of many buildings can prevent residents with mobility issues from fully accessing their own neighbourhood. Determined to build a more inclusive Davenport, our Community Advisory Group launched the Davenport Community Ramp Project in late 2015.

Dozens of volunteers canvassed the area, drawing attention to physical barriers and offering free removable ramps to local shops and nonprofits. These ramps were custom-built by our volunteers, and brightly painted to spread feelings of positivity and raise awareness about the importance of accessibility.

By the end of the project, our 40 volunteers partnered with local shops and services agencies to install 18 new ramps, creating 18 more spaces where all members of our community can feel welcomed and supported.

People painting and installing ramps

“I want to thank you for letting me be part of this project that I believe has made a huge difference in people’s lives…This is the first time that I’ve volunteered. It’s a very rewarding experience with new awareness that I have never experienced before. Meeting new people with the same goal in mind without any compensation and expectations, just being yourself and contributing the best way you can” – Anton, Painting and Delivery Volunteer

 

Latin Men United – Kick the Ball, Kick the Habit!

Latin Men United is a health promotion program that uses soccer to develop community leadership and reduce alcohol use among vulnerable men in Central West Toronto. Using a harm reduction approach, LMU provides recreational and social opportunities for Latin American men facing social and economic challenges, which help strengthen participants’ physical fitness and mental health, minimize social isolation, and reduces substance use. Soccer builds camaraderie, and strengthens participant’s desire to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The adult soccer practices are held twice a week, and we always welcome new participants and volunteers!

Currently, LMU is accepting in-kind donations for new soccer shoes (sizes 8 and 9) as well as financial donations for uniforms, shoes, equipment, refreshments and program outings.

This year the LMU team participated in the Street Soccer Toronto League. LMU played in weekly games against other community-based organizations in the city, and got the opportunity to play on Toronto’s BMO field.

LMU at BMO

Please call Gabrielle at 416-656-8025 ext. 204 for more information

 

Voter Engagement

Want to have your voice heard? Want to have a role in the decision-making that affects your community?

DNPCHC engages community members in important conversations about voting, democracy, political participation, and public leadership. Through our democracy talks, Voting Matters information, and candidate debates, DPNCHC provides community members the opportunity to discuss the issues they care about, and then connect these issues to the political institutions that influence their community. Stay tuned for information regarding future municipal candidates’ debates.

For more information, contact Gabrielle Langlois, glanglois@dpnchc.ca
For information on how to vote, check out:

 

Our Community Advisory Group Wants Your Input!

Need leadership or teamwork experience? Want to connect with your neighbours? Want to make changes in your community? If you live in the Davenpory- Perth area, join the DPNCHC Community Advisory Group!

As part of DPNCHC’s current strategic plan, the Community Development and Health Promotion Coordinator is establishing a Community Advisory Group. We’re looking for people that are interested in contributing ideas about emerging issues regarding the health and well-being of their community to help influence future DPNCHC strategies. The group meets 6-8 times per year.

If you would like to join the Community Advisory Group, or would like more information, please contact Gabrielle Langlois, Community Development and Health Promotion Coordinator, at glanglois@dpnchc.ca or call 416-656-8025 x204

 

 

Bike Repair and Information Clinics – Davenport West Bike Project

In 2011, the Davenport West Bike Project initiative was created as a Community Development and Health Promotion initiative. DPNCHC partnered with several community agencies, including Bike Pirates, The Stop and CultureLink to address the rate of occurrence of chronic health issues in our community by encouraging safe physical activity among children and adults.

To learn more about the Bike Project, watch the video below!

 

What’s so great about cycling?

Cycling is a great way to get physically active and keep your body healthy, thereby reducing the risk of serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stress, depression and obesity. Bikes are a quick, affordable and pollution-free way to get around Toronto. Cycling is a fun and easy way to get active outdoors with family and friends. They say you never forget how to ride a bike!