Beyond The Conversation exists to engage, empower, and inspire seniors, new immigrants, refugees, and youth. We are a volunteer-led initiative who are driven to use the English language as a vehicle to foster a sense of belonging, self-confidence, and connection to the community.
Our goal is to offer all people a place where they can feel welcome, make friends, learn from each other, appreciate each other’s cultures, and foster support networks. We hope to build new bridges of integration throughout the communities of Greater Vancouver.
- To strengthen our existing small groups in the Greater Vancouver area where members create a connection to the community and practice their English skills if needed.
- To open 100 new locations for small group meet-ups by 2020 through our partnerships with Business Improvement Associations (BIAs), the faith community, neighborhood houses, local libraries, community agencies, community centres and building managers for high-rise apartments.
- To end the stigma of social isolation and mental health issues.
- To deliver 10 awareness presentations to high schools, colleges and universities in 2018.
We offer these services
- Non-medical mental health peer support
- Grieving support and chaplaincy
- Cultural education training through local tours and field trips
- Inter-generational mentorships
- Volunteer facilitation training and leadership development workshops
- Listen and learn through podcasts
- We are available for public speaking engagements and presentations
- Be a “GOOD NEIGHBOUR”; faith based training
Beyond the Conversation is a non profit association with the goal of ending social isolation by building strong community through conversation.
People are experiencing loneliness and isolation, a reality that most of our Canadian-born, immigrant seniors, and refugee claimants are facing in life. Surveys have shown that language barrier is the major cause of social isolation. Amie Peacock founded the Beyond The Conversation group in November of 2015 to help seniors in Metro Vancouver to learn basic conversational English.
To date, we have 400 plus people of all ages participating in the program, with 21 locations in the lower mainland. These locations are businesses, community centres, neighborhood houses, churches, and local public libraries.
If you, a friend, or a family member feel socially isolated please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help.