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A Foundry for Westshore/Sooke/Port Renfrew region! A 2-year journey to official opening begins!

On March 4, 2024, the Province of BC announced the region of the Westshore/Sooke/Port Renfrew was selected as one of the ten new Foundry centre locations to join the Foundry network! THRIVE and its partners are so pleased to now be working together through a series of steps to officially open the Centre – anticipated for the Spring/Summer of 2026. For more information about Foundry and FoundryBC please visit https://foundrybc.ca/tennewfoundrycentres/

What is a Foundry?

Foundry centres provide a welcoming, stigma-free place where young people can connect to health and wellness supports so they can address mental-health and addiction challenges before they become roadblocks. This Foundry expansion is part of the 2023/2024 Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions (MMHA) budget announcement. All young people and their caregivers across BC should have equitable access to integrated health and social services, and this expansion brings us closer to that goal.

“This expansion is part of our ongoing commitment to creating wellness spaces across the province that youth can readily access without being limited by where they live”, said Steve Mathias, Co-Executive Director, Foundry.

When can we expect a Foundry for the Westshore/Sooke/Port Renfrew region?

The Foundry centre will take approximately 2 years to become operational. This means we would be opening in the Spring of 2026. This feels like a long way away, but creating an integrative service involves a bunch of partners, so careful planning has to take place. We also need to secure and prepare a suitable location for the Centre, and we have to secure program sites in Sooke and Port Renfrew. Of course, all this planning includes the advice and guidance of youth, young adults with lived experience and those that support them.

We will continue to provide updates on our planning and the progress we are making. Stay with us!

How can I help?

You can make an immediate impact on this work by staying informed. You can donate directly to help support the programs. If you are a young person or you supporting a young person, you can get involved by joining our advisory group.

Contact us directly at Foundry@thrivevictoria.org

Come celebrate with us on June 5th.

The purpose for the event on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, is to provide an opportunity for community members to gather and celebrate the success in securing a Foundry to serve the growing numbers of youth in the West Shore/Sooke/Port Renfrew region.  The event will also serve as a launch to the project’s 2-year preparation phase as we work towards a Spring 2026 grand opening. We will discuss next steps, what to expect over the next two years and who will be involved.

We welcome:

  • Youth in our communities
  • Families and caregivers
  • Members of the public
  • Indigenous government and community representatives
  • Agency partners and allied community service organizations
  • Local and provincial government representatives
  • Members of the media

The event will feature a pizza party, social time and some dazzling words of encouragement.

Location: Veterans Park (still tentative)
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Please RSVP Cindy Moyer at moyercreativegroup@gmail.com

Our Thrive team acknowledges that our agency stands and works on the unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We also acknowledge the five W̱SÁNEĆ communities: W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱,(Tsawout) W̱SIKEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), as well as the Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, and Pacheedaht Nations and the Spune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) tribe where our work extends. We are committed to acknowledging our relationship with these unceded lands and communities, at staff and Board meetings, and during our hosted events. We encourage the evolving learning and awareness of our staff, Board, and the Thrive community, discovering and striving for meaning and personal connection within each acknowledgement.

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