Tag Archives: reintegration

More Building Blocks for a Community-based Working Place

Let’s co-create a Working Place in Peterborough — part 2

In my first blog, I wrote about the Community Tools Projects at the Working Centre in Kitchener which allow people to become involved in building community. These ‘Community Enterprise Projects’ help support the activities of the Centre, combining social enterprise and community service. They seek to make daily living more affordable and have the added benefit of a co-operative and neighbourhood-like structure so that individuals do not have to work in isolation. They invite people away from isolation to become involved in serving others, to use tools productively and to become part of a group that serves a public need.
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Working Centre an Enduring Social Structure that Builds Community

Let’s co-create a Working Place in Peterborough — part 1

A social venture that has endured and grown exponentially, the Working Centre, was established in the spring of 1982 as a response to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. The Centre models a way of building community by focusing on providing work and learning opportunities through inviting people’s gifts and talents. Plans are underway to provide our community with the opportunity to learn about this model and to explore the possibility of creating our own Working Place in Peterborough.
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Cooperative Model Instrumental in Supporting Reintegration

Blog highlights why cooperatives are such a valuable component of the reintegration process

In preparing for the upcoming Summit on establishing Worker Coop for former inmates, I came across this blog, “Social co-operatives and prison systems” which reports on the panel discussion on point at the 2015 International Labour Organization’s Co-operatives and the World of Work Research Conference in Antalya, Turkey. Drs. Beth Weaver and Isobel M. Findlay, whose findings are discussed in my blog series were joined by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, who organised and moderated the panel.
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