Membership in the Co-op provides valuable opportunities to participate in and help shape the direction of regional projects. Regional projects the Co-op currently coordinates include the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting series and the Safe Kids & Youth (SKY) Coordinated Response.
Nobody’s Perfect Parenting
Nobody’s Perfect is a parenting education and support program for parents of children from birth to age five. It is designed to meet the needs of parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated or who have low income or limited formal education. It informs parents about the “whens,” “whats” and “whys” of the first five years of childhood. Participation is voluntary and free of charge to parents.
The Co-op holds the contract with the Interior Health Authority and sub-contracts service delivery in Kootenay and Boundary communities in partnership with Co-op member agencies including:
Safe Kids & Youth (SKY) Coordinated Response
The SKY Coordinated Response is a “made in the West Kootenay Boundary” rural adaptation of a Child & Youth Advocacy Centre model. It was created over a number of years by people collaborating across systems – police, child protection, crown counsel, victim services, schools, health-care, and community services that support children, youth and families – to develop and implement local cooperation agreements.
The goal is a more seamless response to child/youth abuse that reduces the potential for re-traumatization.
SKY aims to ensure that children and youth in the West Kootenay Boundary region who come forward about their experiences of abuse, violence or neglect receive the best possible response from the range of services they connect with.
The Co-op holds contracts with Federal Department of Justice, the Provincial Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and with the Columbia Basin Trust and sub-contracts SKY Coordination in Kootenay and Boundary communities in partnership with Co-op member agencies including: