On Thursday, January 19, over 30 community service agency staff, community leaders and Sources staff gathered to mark the launch of Phase 2 of the Sources Ask an Advocate project.
Funded by Fraser Health and Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, the AskAnAdvocate.ca (AAA) website is designed to support individuals and service providers throughout the province with a wide array of information and resources on income assistance, disability, tenancy and housing and other income supports. With over 30 short videos, answers to over 55 common questions, fact sheets, rate tables and more, the AAA website is a comprehensive site that gathers often difficult to find information in a "one-stop" resource.
Attendees were "hands-on" completing an online quiz and were given scenarios where they had to search for the relevant answers on the AAA website. Attendees reported the site was easy to use and is a site that they would use in the future.
Advocacy Program Manager Soraya VanBuskirk also announced that Phase 3 will continue to add more videos and resources to the website as well as future plans that would include an online chat function as well as more support in the form of online and group training for community agencies that assist low income individuals.