Foundry is coming to Richmond
Foundry Richmond will be an approachable and youth friendly space for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, as well as social services and youth and family peer supports. Offering free and confidential services for young people ages 12 to 24 and their families Foundry Richmond will provide safe, non-judgmental care, information and resources, and work to reach young people when they need it.
As the search for a location for Richmond’s first Foundry site continues, we’re connecting with youth, parents, schools, community centres, and community members to get feedback on what Foundry Richmond will look like.
Get involved by connecting with us on social media, attending an engagement session, and staying tuned for updates. For more information, email email@example.com
“Having a space in which I don't have to keep my guard up all the time is liberating, and truly enhances and completes their intention of helping youth find independence and empowerment in their community.”
Why do you believe that youth in Richmond need their own space?
Hosted by the Richmond Addiction Services Society, Foundry Richmond will bring together partner organizations to address the health and wellness needs of young people aged 12 to 24 and their families.
Parent and Caregiver Engagement Event
On June 18, 2019, Parents and family members were invited to participate in a discussion about their hopes and concerns for Foundry Richmond. A focus group was held to gather input to inform the planning and eventual activation of Foundry Richmond. All attendees shared their hopes and concerns around the eventual space that will be built.
Some of the themes that were addressed regarding your hopes and concerns around Foundryadd
- Engaging for youth and inclusive
- Transparency in services; availability and accountability
- Options available for services ie. legal., group counselling
- Solid Partnerships that facilitate a range of services
- Support for families
- Safe space; LGTBQ2S friendly
- Low or no barriers; easy to access
If you have any questions about the summary please contact Vancouver Coastal Health Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.714.3779.
If you are interested in continuing to engage in support of Foundry or other projects within Vancouver Coastal Health please contact VCH CE at email@example.com or visit cean.vch.ca
Gabby's story was shared with attendees at the Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala on October 27, 2018.
Her story was the inspiration for our "Leadership Challenge" benefiting Foundry Richmond, a new centre providing services including primary care, public health, mental health and substance use services, as well as social services all under one roof for the first time in Richmond.Learn more about Gabby's story
South Arm Youth Forum
In April 2019 the South Arm Community Center's youth council invited us to join a youth forum. The theme of the forum was to inform as well as gather youth ideas and concerns regarding FOUNDRY coming to Richmond. We gathered some of the questions we asked and the responses we received below.
Thank you to everyone that came together to make the event possible!
See the questions and responses hereadd
What do you love?
the Community Centre Youth Workers!!!
small town feel
access to city services
the diversity and all that brings with it (including great food)
What makes it unique?
community centres beside schools
the diversity (including great food)
the Richmond Olympic oval
What will make Foundry Richmond unique?
make it feel homey
collaborate with community centres and schools
services that reflect the diversity of the community
make it a centre piece for all youth to access
We want youth involved at all levels of the development of Foundry. How can we get youth involved?
have purposeful outcomes
listen and be a safe place to be heard
Foundry to be used as a sounding board – a loud speaker for issues and improvement
go where there are already groups of youth (clubs, assemblies at schools)