“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Our vision at Moving Forward Family Services is to ensure no one is ever turned away from quality counselling services because of lack of funds or long waitlists.
Moving Forward Family Services uses a client-centered, anti-oppressive approach to provide safe, accessible, affordable counselling to all.
How we do it
We aim to bridge the gaps in services by eliminating counselling wait lists, deconstructing barriers in accessing affordable counselling and developing strong relationships within the community.
We provide accessible and affordable counselling; there is no ‘eligibility’ criteria – if you want counselling, we will provide it. The low cost counselling has no waits; free counselling services have up to a 12-week wait. Anyone requesting low cost or free services may be asked to provide proof of income to continue accessing such services.
We don’t rely on government funding. Instead, we turn to the community to support our programs through donations and low cost services.
The 9 to 5, weekday approach does not work for everyone. Inflexibility of providers contributes to the ineffectiveness of services. Moving Forward wants to be there for you and when you need support.
We don’t believe that seniority trumps skills. We are a collaborative group of like-minded professionals. We don’t believe in titles and labels; we just want to provide good services to the community through ease and timeliness. We value partnerships and collaborations – because that benefits clients.
The Team at Moving Forward Family Services is honoured to receive:
- CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Difference Makers Award recognizing 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
- The 2017 Roopchand Seebaran Legacy Social Work Award for Advocacy
- The 2017 DRISHTI Magazine Award for Community Engagement
- The 2017 Shakti Awards for programming for women
- The 2016 Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award (awarded by Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Branch)
- The 2016 Inspiring Social Worker of the Year Award by the BC Association of Social Workers
- The 2016 BC Public Health Association Award of Merit
- 2016 Honourable Mention for Community Builder from the Surrey Leader Newspaper