At Sagesse, we see ourselves as community mobilizers and believe that our role is to support organizations and communities to build capacity. We use the term capacity building because it honors the knowledge, experiences and support that are present within communities and organizations, while acknowledging that we all have room to grow and learn as we work towards our goal of ending domestic violence across Alberta. All capacity building programs are available in Calgary and across Alberta.
LGBTQ* Domestic Violence Capacity Building Program
This capacity building program is aimed at providing service providers and community agencies the knowledge and skills to provide safe, inclusive service to LGBTQ* individuals experiencing domestic violence. The program includes an organizational audit, with examination of agency space, promotional documentation and guiding policies and procedures. It also includes a 1 day, specialized training workshop, designed to meet each agencies unique needs. The workshop is recognized by the Alberta College of Social Workers as a Category A workshop.
LGBTQ* is a term that is used throughout this program to describe LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. These terms include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, 2-spirited, asexual/allies. The asterisk denotes the diverse and ever evolving terminology utilized to define or describe LGBTQ* populations.
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The Informal Supports program engages community members as informal supports, supporting them to recognizing their role in prevention and intervention of domestic violence. The 2 hour workshop is available to communities in wherever their community regularly congregates. These presentations focus on teaching community members how to recognize domestic violence, understand its impact on an individual and the community and develop comfort in responding to domestic violence disclosures, including providing appropriate support and referrals to services.