Foundry is expanding!
As part of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ “A Pathway to Hope,” Foundry is looking to partner with communities across BC to open and operate a minimum of six new Foundry centres. On October 21, Foundry issued a call for expressions of interest (EOI) from communities across BC. Non-profit organizations and health and social system agencies serving youth, (including First Nations, Métis, and Urban Indigenous organizations) were eligible to submit an EOI until November 26, 2019.
Thank you to all the communities who have submitted an EOI
In total, Foundry received 40 EOI submissions from communities across the province – a moving demonstration of not only the need, but also the resiliency and strengths that exist in British Columbia.
Two independent panels consisting of young people, family members/caregivers and subject matter experts reviewed those submissions to determine the following shortlist of 19 communities moving forward to Phase 2 – Convening.
- Burnaby – Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families
- Burns Lake – Carrier Sekani Family Services
- Comox Valley – The John Howard Society of North Island
- Cowichan Valley – Cowichan Valley Youth Services Society
- Cranbrook & Kimberley – Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child and Family Service Society
- Fort St. James – Nak’azdli Whut’en
- Fort St. John – Fort St. John Friendship Society
- Hope – Hope and Area Transition Society
- Kamloops – Interior Community Services
- Langley – Encompass Support Services Society
- Okanagan North – Vernon – Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon & District Branch; North Okanagan Youth and Family Services; Okanagan Indian Band
- North Surrey – Pacific Community Resources Society
- Port Hardy – North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre Society
- Powell River – Powell River Child Youth & Family Services Society
- Squamish – Sea to Sky Community Services Society
- Surrey: Cloverdale – Sources Community Resources Society; Options Community Services; Pacific Community Resources Society; Alexander Neighbourhood House
- Sunshine Coast – Sunshine Coast Community Services Society (SCCSS); shíshálh Nation; Sunshine Coast Division of Family Practice (SCDFP)
- Tri-Cities – SHARE Family and Community Services Society
- Williams Lake – Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association
The convening phase will take place between early January and March 2020. By March 2020, Foundry will identify a minimum of six communities and lead agencies to open and operate new Foundry centres. Foundry’s vision is to eventually build a network of 50 or more centres across the province. As such, are committed to staying in touch with all communities who expressed interest in Foundry.
Please continue to check this page and our social channels for updates on our expansion process.
Download the Information Guide for Youth and Families
A document that will provide youth and families information on Foundry and the expansion process to support your engagement.
What is Foundry?add
Foundry is a network of community-based centres and online tools & resources, enabling young people 12-24 to access mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services from a single place.
Foundry’s vision is to transform access to services for young people aged 12-24 in BC.
Foundry’s mission is to improve care pathways for young people through individualized, integrated health and social services. Guided by shared values and through an evidence-informed approach, we work with communities to improve access to quality care by establishing partnerships to create one-stop health and social service centres across BC. Foundry offers a consistent yet tailored experience for every young person and family member who enters our network of care, empowering them to optimize their health and well-being.
Foundry is creating an experience of care that embraces, empowers and supports youth. It’s a place where young people and their families are welcomed without judgment. At Foundry, our care providers are looking for opportunities to make connections. Our aim is to provide same-day support instead of waitlists. Our integrated model puts youth at the centre of their own journey – our Foundry team works with each young person to determine what services and supports would best help their wellness journey.
Currently, eight centres are open in Vancouver, Campbell River, Kelowna, Vancouver North Shore (North and West Vancouver), Prince George, Victoria, Penticton and Abbotsford, with three more in development, resulting in a total of 11 Foundry centres across BC.
As part of “A Pathway to Hope: B.C.’s mental health roadmap”, Foundry received funding to open an additional eight centres, which will bring the total number of Foundry centres to 19.
CAN I TOUR A FOUNDRY CENTRE?add
We encourage you to watch this 360° video tour of Foundry Abbotsford. Additionally, please read through our Submission Guide, our Developmental Evaluation, our Community Q&A, and watch “Our Advice for Organizations Considering a Foundry Centre“.
While we understand you may wish to tour a Foundry centre during this expansion process, tours are not currently being offered in order to protect the privacy of young people and their families. Please do not contact an open centre to arrange a tour.
"A Pathway to Hope" announced eight new Foundry centres. Why is this EOI only for six?add
The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ “A Pathway to Hope,” announced eight new Foundry centres to be identified over the next three years. This EOI process will lead to the identification of a minimum of six. Plans for as many as two other sites will be announced on a future date.
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