A variety of toolkits are available on a range of topics that support healthier and more inclusive communities. These toolkits provide useful resources, activities, information, and ideas to help with starting new programs, convening conversations, training, or other local efforts focused on healthy aging.
Some highlighted Toolkits available on Healthy Aging CORE:
Guidelines for Working Remotely - This toolkit was developed by the Tamarack Institute (a Canadian remote-based organization) to support organizations and workers that are transitioning to working remotely due to COVID-19. It provides tips and strategies that organizations can use to to overcome challenges associated with physical distancing.
COVID-19 Response Toolkit for Event Management and Fundraising - This toolkit helps organizations quickly set up a basic response to changes due to COVID-19 and offers ways to maintain fundraising efforts and change peer-to-peer activities to virtual events.
Postponing a Volunteer Program - How to communicate with your volunteers - It is important for organizations to communicate effectively with their volunteers to ensure continued engagement beyond COVID-19. This short toolkit offers some tips.
Age Friendly Communication – Facts, Tips and Ideas - How well you communicate with your senior audience contributes to how well you meet their needs. This guide offers practical and easy-to-follow advice, tips and additional sources of information to help you communicate clearly and effectively. Also available on CORE here.
Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide - While the majority of Canadians live in urban settings, a large proportion of seniors still live in rural or remote areas—hence the focus of this guide on rural and remote communities. Also available on CORE here.
Allies in Aging: Volunteer Training Modules - Training can help volunteers and service providers better identify seniors who are isolated, understand their needs, and connect them with appropriate services and resources. Topics include: Exploring Risk Factors; Anxiety and Stress; Understanding Dementia; Exploring Depression & Delirium; Exploring Diversity & Inclusion; Moving Through Grief & Loss; and Preparing for End of Life. Also available on CORE here.
Becoming an Age-friendly Community Local Community Guide - This is a practical guide to becoming an age-friendly community for local governments, community organizations, or local champions. It also describes the Age-friendly B.C. (AFBC) Recognition Program and outlines the criteria for achieving AFBC recognition. Also available on CORE here.
Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide - The purpose of this guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity. It describes the converging trends of rapid growth of the population over 60 years of age and of urbanization, outlines the challenge facing cities, and summarizes the research process that led to identifying the core features of an age-friendly city. Also available on CORE here.
Compassionate Community Toolkit - This 5 part Toolkit guides organizations and groups interested in building a caring, supportive network for people affected by serious illness, end of life, care-giving, and grieving. It was developed with inputs from compassionate communities champions from across British Columbia. Also available on CORE here.
The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit - The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit will equip you with essential information about the Compassionate Community framework and tools to rally people in your community. This Toolkit is also available on CORE here. It consists of the following:
- A facilitator guide that provides information on what a Compassionate Community is and shares examples
- Ready-to-use tools for holding stakeholder meetings
- Videos on why and how to start a Compassionate Community
- Ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation slides to share key information on Compassionate Communities
Gaining Momentum: A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit - This toolkit focuses on changing public thinking about aging, and provides a variety of helpful communications approaches and tools to use when talking about aging. Also available on CORE here.
Intercultural Toolkit - This Intercultural Toolkit and attached Checklist provide a step-by-step approach that CBSS agencies and other community organizations can use to enhance the level of cultural competency and relevancy of their organization and/ or their individual programs. These documents were developed by the Intercultural Working Group and are based on current best practices for cultural competency as found in the literature.
Men's Sheds: Shed Start-up Toolkit - This toolkit provides practical tips and information for individuals or groups who want to start a Men’s Shed. Whether you are starting a Men’s Shed through an existing organization or as an individual or group of friends, this toolkit will provide some of the basic how-to as you move toward getting your shed started. Access Toolkit here or on CORE here.
Resilient Streets Toolkit- The How-to Guide for Building Community: This toolkit is designed to help you and your neighbours start making your street, building or block more resilient through fun, hands-on projects, with a focus on activities that can be done by small groups of people with few resources. Also available on CORE here.
PEARLS: The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a national evidence-based program for late-life depression developed by the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center. PEARLS brings high quality mental health care into community-based settings that reach vulnerable older adults. During six to eight sessions that take place in the client’s home and focus on brief behavioral techniques, PEARLS counselors empower individuals to take action and make lasting changes so they can lead more active and rewarding lives. Also available on CORE here.
Social Isolation of Seniors - Volume II: Ideas exchange event toolkit - This toolkit is meant to help people and organizations host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors in their communities. It contains tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event. It is complemented by a background document, Social isolation of seniors - Volume 1: Understanding the issue and finding solutions
Ideas exchange events:
- help people and groups to share knowledge about the social isolation of seniors
- build and strengthen relationships in communities
- create opportunities for working together to address the social isolation of seniors in the community
- A Focus on Indigenous Seniors in Canada
- A Focus on LGBTQ Seniors in Canada
- A Focus on New Immigrant and Refugee Seniors in Canada