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 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.
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:
- Build the collective capacity of Collaborating Organizations to recognize and address barriers to social inclusion faced by seniors
- Collaborate with other Community Organizations to leverage each other’s service strengths and expertise
- Improve access to information, programs and services to enhance social inclusion within the community
- Increase awareness and acceptance of different cultures and strengthen relationships with other population groups
- Support action research to understand and implement effective approaches to increasing the level of social inclusion of seniors in their communities
- 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.