Social Inclusion

Read Stories on Social Inclusion from Neighbourhood Houses in the Lower Mainland

Neighbourhood Houses are known as places to connect, volunteer, and become involved in the community. Many people do not realize the important work that neighbourhood houses do to help people feel a sense of belonging.  This is known as social inclusion, and is particularly important when community members are experiencing a challenge or barrier in their lives. When people feel socially isolated, they often experience negative impacts to their health and well-being. Our open doors and inclusive programs can make a tremendous difference and help people feel valued and motivated.

We are pleased to share some stories from people who have benefited from ANHBC neighbourhood houses through our collective work on social inclusion. Enjoy!

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Finding a Safe Place as a LGBTQ2S Youth

With a lack of all-ages, safe, sober spaces to meet other LGBTQ2S youth and express one’s identity, it's easy to feel like the only queer in your community. This is exactly what Kiko was facing in high school upon moving to a completely new community,...

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An Eighth Grader Trying to Connect

John came to the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (CCNH) as a quiet and timid eighth grader who struggled to connect with his peers and others within the community….

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Family New to the Community

Many immigrants and refugees whose first language is not English end up feeling isolated and very alone. Even though she is sometimes driven to isolation because of the language barrier, Masi reaches beyond this by using her…

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Seniors In Action

J.L. is a participant in Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Seniors in Action program, which promotes physical activity, social inclusion and independence for seniors who live in Vancouver’s West End.

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