The British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN) grew out of the need to create an on-going, permanent provincial funding and support structure for the benefit of local CRNs and adults in their communities experiencing abuse, neglect and self-neglect. The Association provides small project funding, materials, training, support people and maintains a website to assist Community Response Networks in their work. As well, provincial teleconferences are held on a monthly basis with all CRN members and interested parties invited to join the conversation.
At the local level, CRNs facilitate prevention and education activities with local stakeholders toward an end to abuse, neglect and self-neglect of adults in British Columbia. In liaising at the provincial level through their Regional Mentors and the Executive Director, CRNs assist in identifying common themes, barriers and issues which require work at the regional, provincial and sometimes national level.
What is a Community Response Network, or CRN?
A CRN is a diverse group of concerned community members who come together to create a coordinated community response to adult abuse, neglect and self-neglect.
It is recognized that offering support to adults who may be abused or neglected, and having access to some new legal tools, is only part of what will make a difference in peoples' lives. As well there is a need for increased coordination at the community level, not only of responses to individuals who are abused or neglected, but also coordination in terms of working towards prevention over time. Community Response Networks are the vehicles for achieving increased coordination of community responses to abuse and neglect. Today, there are CRNs established or under development all over British Columbia.
CRNs provide a foundation for the community, as a whole, to work together as a team on an equal playing field, sharing power and responsibility, to:
develop ways to coordinate and support their activities,
facilitate and promote an interdisciplinary approach to services and support,
keep track of how response is working,
work on related activities such as community development, education, prevention and advocacy,
develop community protocols,
and support designated agencies in carrying out their responsibilities.
Cranbrook Age Friendly and BCCRN have worked together to celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and present "It's Not Right" Elder Abuse Prevention workshops in the community.
To learn more, go to http://www.bccrns.ca/generated/aboutusoverview.php