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A Community Response Network (CRN) brings people together to discuss the issue of adult abuse, neglect, and self-neglect to:

  • Raise awareness and educate the public through workshops, presentations, and conferences.
  • Work toward prevention.
  • Build relationships leading to protocol development so everyone will know who can help.
  • Assess how the community’s response is working to continuously make it better.

Tucked beside the school on Passchendaele Road, Sorrento Centre is known to many as a welcoming place where weavers weave and quilters quilt, where musicians jam and yoga teachers practice, where children play and learners learn, where dogs and cyclists gather, and where the weary rest as meditators find peace and the spiritual nourish their souls. We host lots of events and activities throughout the year – and, like the rest of the Shuswap, we will be looking forward to the return of the salmon in September and October.

One of our core values is to be an inclusive place for all. That means, in addition to welcoming thousands of guests to our main campus, we work hard to be a good neighbour in the South Shuswap as well as the wider Shuswap region.

This summer, amongst our vibrant summer programming which filled our centre to brimming and filled our hearts to overflowing, we reached out to the community around us. We welcomed the LGBTQ2S+ community to a BBQ on our beachfront, distributed nourishing meals and friendship to our vulnerable neighbours every day and just last week established the South Shuswap Community Response Network.

As part of the BC Association of Community Response Networks, Sorrento Centre will serve as a community hub in the South Shuswap for vulnerable seniors and others who are the focus of CRN work. There is a Community Response Network for the entire Shuswap region (hosted by the SAFE Society in Salmon Arm) and, with their support and other South Shuswap service agencies, a parallel network in the South Shuswap will serve our population.

In our community, the new CRN will act as a first point of contact for people with a variety of needs and concerns. Our front office staff – who already monitor our phones seven days a week – will take on a referral role to ensure people are connected to local, provincial, and national resources to meet their needs. We will also host prevention and education activities with local stakeholders to build a coordinated response to abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults

The South Shuswap Community Response Network was launched in partnership with the local food bank, home-care services, and health unit. The network will continue to grow to include other interested member agencies and organizations with Sorrento Centre as the local hub.

If you want more information or would like to join this network please contact [email protected] or click here.