Project Overview

The SISSIP Network Project is one of the leading projects for Seniors 55+ in Surrey. It is one of PICS’ many New Horizons for Seniors program (NHSP) funded projects & the first Collective Impact Initiative it is leading as the Backbone Organization.

The Network

The 5 collaborating organizations are the City of Surrey, Seniors Come Share Society, SOURCES, Semiahmoo House Society and FRAFCA. Together, the six organizations bring very diverse skill sets and experiences to the project, from the Municipality to organizations serving seniors, immigrants, indigenous communities and differently abled seniors.

Community Members

The project involves community members through the Six Neighbourhood Action Committees. The members are honorary and from all fields and sectors of work, cultures and backgrounds. The members actively engage in identifying the needs of seniors from their neighbourhoods to help shape and make a difference in the lives of Seniors in their communities.

Funding and Objectives

Funded by New Horizons for Seniors program, the project will be receiving 4 million dollars over the course of 5 years to address social isolation among seniors and create greater awareness and acceptance of different cultures, to make Surrey an intercultural and engaged community for its seniors.

The project will be implemented from September 2019 to August 2024 and aims to:

  1. Build the collective capacity of Collaborating Organizations to recognize and address barriers to social inclusion faced by seniors
  2. Collaborate with other Community Organizations to leverage each other’s service strengths and expertise
  3. Improve access to information, programs and services to enhance social inclusion within the community
  4. Increase awareness and acceptance of different cultures and strengthen relationships with other population groups
  5. Support action research to understand and implement effective approaches to increasing the level of social inclusion of seniors in their communities
  6. Develop innovative approaches to engage seniors through ongoing, sustainable systems.

Social Research and Demonstration Corporation – the Evaluating Organization

The project has engaged a professional Evaluating Organization to monitor and evaluate its progress, impact and deliverables.

Since it started in September 2019, the project has performed an environmental scan and needs assessment of the services available to seniors in Surrey. Through focus groups, interviews and engaging community partners at all levels, it has successfully identified the gaps and barriers to social inclusion. These are – Communication, Awareness, Addictions and homelessness, Racism & Discrimination, Recreation, Transportation and Technology (CAARRTT Model).

Based on the gaps and barriers identified, the 6 organizations have worked on sub-project initiatives that aim to address these systemic barriers and engage seniors in Surrey. The themes are intergenerational, transportation, technology, empowering seniors with leadership through community engagement programs, physical literacy, language training and story telling.

The sub-project initiatives will be selected through an evaluation process based on a selection criteria.

In Phase 2 the project will focus on delivering the sub-project initiatives and the process will involve a continuous process of reviewing, evaluating, recommending and implementing changes through the Network, Evaluating Organization, Community Members and participants. The project will remain flexible to adapt to changing needs and barriers and have an open invitation to Calls for Proposals.

  1. These sub-projects initiatives will address 1 or more barriers
  2. The sub project initiatives will be neighbourhood focused. This will allow us to ensure we are reaching out to the people and the initiatives are accessible to everyone.
  3. The project is building collective capacity in the city to leverage the strengths of partners and reduce duplication. This will allow for greater impact.
  4. Adopt best practices and learnings from previously funded projects to reach out to isolated seniors to ensure maximum impact.

In the last phase of the project, a detailed collective impact report and sustainability plan will be submitted to the Funder & uploaded for all stakeholders.