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Going Forward Draft Plan for Social Services

May 15, 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

As we prepare for the phase 2 of Premier Horgan's Restart BC plan announced on May 6, ASPECT has been working with the Social Services Sector Roundtable (SSSR) reference group to inform next steps for our sector. The government has submitted a draft plan with input from the SSSR. WorkBC has been tasked with creating a more specific plan for our sector, which is great if you are a WorkBC contractor but not great if you are not. We still have work to do there.

Although I do not have permission to share the SSSR plan, I can share some general information:
  • The Social Sector plan covers K-12 Education, public libraries, child care services, non-residential community-based social services, housing and shelter services, and residential services.
  • The assumptions on which the plan is based recognizes the current challenges as well as acknowledging challenges to the sector had before the crisis.
  • Like the premier's plan, this plan has four stages of recovery and three priority levels, with the safety of those offering essential services being a foundational focus.
  • The plan acknowledges that recovery is a highly complex challenge with an interdependence between client service populations, overlapping services, and funder demands. The intention of the plan is to put the needs of the clients being served before all others.
Our weekly ASPECT member discussions have been helpful in informing me, and through ASPECT's work, informing government. If you are not able to make it to the weekly meetings, please email me with your thoughts and concerns. The more we know, the more we can help and advocate on your behalf.

Understanding the Information Available

At our last member discussion, many on the call shared their plans for expanding in-person services. I am in the process of lining up a WorkSafe BC expert and a virologist to help answer questions for our next meeting on Wednesday at 1pm. In my discussions so far, all questions have been referred to WCB, however, from the conversations I have had so far, they are challenged with the demands. Go to their website for available information.

Developing a Plan & Checklist

I love a good checklist and I found this one from the Canadian Association of Independent Businesses. I share it with you here with the warning that sector start ups will differ from each other. The link goes to a Word document that you can open and adjust for your organization:

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