Free Independent Living Workshop. January 29Friday, January 25, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
VPR to host Independent Living Workshop
Chance to win a $100 Visa gift card
The Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) is hosting an Independent Living Workshop at the Senior Citizens’ Drop-In Centre on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
This free workshop is open to the public and will showcase local services, products and emergency preparedness information that can assist with safe, comfortable and independent living.
From 1 to 4 p.m., the VPR and community partners will be at the Bay St. location where snacks and refreshments will be available.
Meet with and gather information from local emergency service groups, including fire, police, paramedics, Red Cross, Sault Search and Rescue and the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator. Representatives from Alzheimer’s Society, Bayshore Home Health, Canadian Mental Health Association, CNIB, Motion Specialties, Premier Homecare Services, Senior Citizens’ Drop-In Centre and Shoppers HomeHealthCare will also be available.
This unique opportunity allows attendees to meet and learn from participating agencies under one roof.
“We’re excited to be hosting this free event with many of our community partners. This is a great opportunity to learn about the VPR program and many of the services available in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Katie Paquette, VPR coordinator. “We will be making a short presentation on the VPR at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m., and we invite everyone to stop by and visit booths, ask questions and gather information.”
The VPR is also looking for community feedback.
Since completing the one-year pilot in October, 2012, the program is performing a comprehensive evaluation to guide its progress moving forward.
All Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District residents are encouraged to complete a short survey for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
“Ongoing feedback was received throughout the pilot, but surveys have been and will continue to be provided to partners and registrants as part of the evaluation to learn how we can further improve the program. We want to ensure the program continues to meet the needs of our community, so providing your feedback will be invaluable to the VPR,” says Kimberley LeClair, VPR community outreach officer.
Community members can complete the short survey at the free workshop on January 29, or online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VPR2013.
Surveys are also available at www.soovpr.com www.soovpr.com or by contacting the VPR office at 705.942.6938 ext. 3041, or via email at email@example.com.
Surveys must be submitted by Friday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m. to be eligible for the draw.
Created and launched in Sault Ste. Marie, the VPR is an internationally recognized, award-winning service that is free, voluntary and confidential.
Registering allows local emergency service groups the ability to understand an individual’s unique circumstances.
Knowing key information such as difficulty with mobility, vision, hearing etc. helps those responding to an emergency prepare accordingly and can subsequently save time and possibly a life.
Whether it is a power outage, call to 9-1-1, or a small or large-scale emergency, the VPR can provide an additional safeguard for Sault Ste. Marie residents.
The VPR has the ability to assist persons with disabilities, seniors, and those who may rely on electricity for life-sustaining equipment.
If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more about the Vulnerable Persons Registry, please contact Katie Paquette, VPR coordinator, at 705.942.6938 ext. 3041, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.soovpr.com.