This week the Face-to-Face with Stigma team, a group of facilitators, storytellers and speakers led their second workshop with the Victoria Police Department.

These workshops bring together individuals with lived experience from our community trained in storytelling with The Existence Project to share their own stories through engagement and work sessions. These sessions hold a variety of goals such as ending stigma, building individual capacity and encouraging #compassion in our communities.

These workshops mark the beginning of a series of anti-stigma workshops this year targeting a variety of audiences in our region. The team is sharing the voices of youth, Indigenous and lived-experience, and are creating safe and compassionate spaces of learning, sharing and expanding.

To learn more about this exciting project email team lead and Peer Support Worker, Kay Martin at:

kmartin@victoriahomelessness.ca

Check out photos from this special day below:

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Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.

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