FRP-BC Survey Results
What we heard and what we're doing:
We learned that you would like FRP-BC to focus on: Funding, training, and communication.
We knew funding was an issue for many of our members, but some of the budget statistics are surprising. We’re going to focus on getting funding for members by:
1. Increasing the number of programs receiving Charitable Gaming grants from 46% to 75%. Our strategy is to: increase member awareness of these grants by encouraging agencies that are not receiving gaming grants to apply; give training on the application (we’ve already had two free webinars this past year!); and support applications by offering to helping to write or edit applications as requested.
2. Supporting the CAPC Society campaign to increase CAPC funding. Our strategy is to encourage community members to endorse their local CAPC projects and emphasize the efficacy of CAPC programs to the public through our publications.
3. Working with MCFD to increase funding. Our strategy is to: hold meetings with MCFD about FRP funding (we’ve had two already in the past year!); make the vulnerable funding position of BC FRPs clear through effective publications and statistics.
We heard a desire for training options that were affordable, so we’re going to:
1. Continue to provide accessible training like the gaming webinars.
2. Make existing training available at a reasonable cost. See the last page of this newsletter for the 15 week Infant Mental Health training program we’ve arranged for our members to at a significantly reduced rate.
3. Work to bring back the FRP-BC certificate. We’ve stopped offering it because of funding but we’re currently in talks with various educational institutions to bring it back.
We heard that you want us to continue to advocate for our family resource programs, so that your programs are sustainably funded and you are given credit for the important work you do. Our strategy is to:
1. Effectively communicate the contribution of FRPs to BC through our “Telling the Story of Family Resource Programs in British Columbia” report.
2. Emphasize that FRPs lead to improved health outcomes in families in addition to education and other outcomes. We’re working with Fraser Health to coordinate some pilot projects with public health nurses that will increase the link between FRPs and health.
3. Develop a comprehensive case for FRPs based on high quality research, and make it available on our website.