Because Partners help people with their individual needs and connect to local resources, they may be the most important element of the My Place CT effort. Even as it takes form, the My Place CT Partner network is starting to make a difference in communities throughout Connecticut.
Of course, it helps that every Partner brings important local expertise and knowledge of the My Place CT website. Here are some new tools and ideas to make your contribution even more valuable.
Partner Finder is live
The public can now locate Partners on MyPlaceCT.org. The Partner Finder just went live and can be found in the Quick Help menu on the website.
The page lists all current Partners, with a map to help individuals find the nearest one. In the future, the Partner Finder will become more dynamic, with the ability to filter by location and capability. As people discover this feature, more will be able to find and access you and other Partners when they have questions and needs.
Age Well CT – Connecting communities in Danbury region
Every town in Connecticut has its own way of connecting people to supports for successful, independent living. As a community where more than 30 percent of the population is foreign-born, and where more than 23 percent of the population speaks English “less than very well,” Danbury set the goal to meet the particular needs of its extraordinarily diverse and aging population.
One of the founding My Place CT Partners, Age Well CT is now connecting older adults with resources in the Danbury area. The community leaders of the Age Well Community Council used their local knowledge to launch the Age Well CT website, where people can find resources for older adults, help for caregivers and information for healthy living.
Using this model, Age Well CT has expanded beyond Danbury and has added the towns of Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, and Woodbury into the Age Well CT network. The website, and the collaboration it inspires, brings together the unique resources of each town and adds useful tips that help people live safely, independently and with dignity in the home of their choice. Connecting further with the My Place CT network, this western part of Connecticut is now supporting healthy aging with both local and state resources.
Recruiting new Partners, Expanding the network
My Place CT will be organizing informational sessions, both live and online, to introduce more Partners to the benefits of the network to our state and to local communities.
Meanwhile, there are several ways to bring new Partners into the network. To suggest prospects to be invited to these informational sessions, provide their name, organization name, type of organization and – most importantly – their email address to: Heather Gillette firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to recruit local Partners yourself, you can to tap into the recruitment resources on the Partner portal. There, you’ll find a presentation deck and a new sheet that outlines the steps to becoming a My Place CT Partner.
If you know people who are ready to join now, send them to www.MyPlaceCT.org/BecomeAPartner. We will contact them before providing access to the Partner training.
New Associate Partner role
It’s exciting to see interest in My Place CT from all types of organizations and individuals. Looking toward the future, the My Place CT leadership recommended that the network also include people who may not be public facing, but who want to support the overall effort.
The My Place CT Partner network will now include Associate Partners. Anyone who passes the training but and selects this role in the Partner agreement can become an Associate Partner. Associate Partners will not be listed in the Partner Finder, but can still recruit other members and enjoy the information and connections available in the online portal.