BC Association of Community Response Networks

The Results Are In! 2020 Evaluation Continues Showing CRNs Positively Impacting Communities

Thank you, to the Community Response Networks (CRNs), volunteers, and community-based agencies for participating in the 2020 Annual CRN survey! Your ongoing participation in this study helps measure the impact of local grassroots efforts to coordinate responses and prevent adult abuse, neglect, and self-neglect.

Here are some of our initial results so far:

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As part of this study, BC CRN’s Regional Mentors interviewed coordinators of their local CRNs to collect information and stories on how CRNs responded to the pandemic.

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BC CRN’s annual evaluation and assessment gather information on how local CRNs are developing and their impact on the communities they serve to prevent adult abuse, neglect, and self-neglect. It is part of a larger longitudinal study of the effectiveness of networks and measuring social change.

Look for our full report for 2020 in the upcoming months on BC CRN’s Facebook, Twitter, and website.

Why People Volunteer With BC CRN

“I am, now more than ever, grateful to be involved with the Sparwood Community Response Network. It helped prepare me for what I faced when I saw my elderly mom for the first time in over a year. COVID prevented my usual two or three visits per year. My mom, who lives in Flin Flon, MB, suffers from profound hearing loss for which her hearing aids have reached their maximum benefit. The loneliness resulting from hearing loss, combined with the loss of social gatherings since March has had an effect on her demeanour that it shocked me! She is definitely self-neglecting. I am focusing my two weeks here with her to help her remember how beautiful and special she is! I am giving her apartment a good cleaning but, more importantly, I gave her a haircut today, did her makeup, brought a nice outfit from her closet for her to wear and took her out and told her how beautiful she looked! She smiled, said ‘thank you’, and indicated she had a good time! It’s my time to ‘give thanks’ for all she has done for her family for over six decades.”

Sharon Strom (post to Sparwood CRN Facebook, October 2020. Reprinted with permission and edited for clarity.)

Written by: Debbie Chow, Links Communication Solutions. Follow Debbie on LinkedIn: @debbiechowabc.