New report explores promising strategies for improving newcomer access to services
April 10, 2015
Update: Check out the July 7, 2015 CFRU 93.3 FM radio interview with the GWLIP’s project manager, Alex Goss, about the report. It starts at about the 20-minute point.
The GWLIP’s Access to Services Committee has released its much-anticipated report, A Review of Promising Practices for Enhanced Access to Services for Newcomers in Guelph-Wellington.
The report will assist committee members to build on the great work already being done in Guelph and Wellington County by various agencies that welcome newcomers. They plan to develop a community-wide approach that will enhance newcomers’ access to services in Guelph and Wellington County.
The report reviews many evidence-based practices including service delivery models, programs, resources, and tools that have successfully reduced barriers to access elsewhere in Canada. It also offers twenty recommendations for service providers and policy-makers in Guelph Wellington to consider. These include, among others, suggestions on how to improve outreach strategies and enhance access to services for immigrants without full status and rural newcomers.
“The report is meant to stimulate a conversation about what is possible and needed in Guelph and Wellington County,” says Alex Goss, Project Manager of the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership. “The twenty recommendations, many of which are innovative and inspiring, offer both broad and specific suggestions for improving access to services that require varying amounts of planning,” he said.
Although the report is focused on newcomers, many of the suggestions are relevant to and can be adopted by any organization looking to improve access to its services, regardless of client group.