BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Status of Women Canada has recently funded a three year project in support of the topic “Economic Security for Women in Rural Areas”
The Community Training and Development Centre is the lead organization on this project, which involves the participation of employment service agencies in Northumberland County (CERP- Northumberland), the Social Services department of the County of Northumberland, Economic Development, The County of Northumberland and Agriculture and Creative Economy, The County of Northumberland.

FORMAT OF THE 3 YEAR PROJECT:

The project will involve women from the following groups:

  • Women who live/work on and off farms

  • Women in receipt of financial Assistance

  • Women looking for employment

  • Women who are currently employed

  • Young women graduating form High school or College/University


Women representing these groups will be asked to register to participate in a women’s forum located in one of the following towns/areas:

  • Port Hope

  • Cobourg

  • Brighton

  • Alderville

  • Campbellford


Minimum attendance is projected at 30 women per forum. Forums will take place from September 2012 to January 2013 (actual dates to be announced).


DURING THE FORUMS:

The group will participate in a process, focused on their experiences and expectations re: economic security, job search, and leadership experiences and expectations.

The forum will include information on Social Capital Development, the creation of Social Income, creative job search strategies, leadership training and will provide opportunities to engage in discussions about the participants’ expectations and their experiences ensuring their own economic security while living in a rural area.

The forums will provide opportunities to learn about job search strategies and potential training opportunities which may be identified during the forums and the community action plan.. Discussion and data will be recorded for consideration in developing a Community Action Plan.

The forum should take approximately 2 hours.

AFTER THE FORUMS ARE ALL COMPLETED:

Once the forums are complete and the analysis of the data is complete, members of the supporting agencies, municipalities, and forum participants will be asked to attend community meetings to provide input to a community action plan based on the results of the forums.

THE COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN:

This plan will reflect the outcomes of the forum and may include training opportunities.