Focusing through the focus groups

Last week our local DTES teammates, Saara and Stacey, facilitated two focus groups at PACE and WISH Drop-in Centre with sex workers. Both of the groups had a lot to say and expressed very helpful insight, questions, and support for the mobile safety device. Overall, the tone of the sessions was positive, constructive and in some moments very grateful. This was reflected in a statement made by one woman after the group had completed: “You don’t know how much this means to me.”

Our team is going to re-group and mesh out some of the comments and questions from the focus groups in order to move forward.  We have one more focus group planned and will be scheduling that with another sex worker-led group in Vancouver after addressing some of the comments from these two groupsAs always, Keep Safe is driven by and for sex workers.

Additionally, we were awarded a grant from AMUSE based at McGill University, which we are incredibly grateful for. Their grant and all the other donations we’ve received thus far are making big strides towards fully funding our pilot.

Finally, as tradition, we leave you with this quote:

I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively. —Golda Meir

In Solidarity,

The Keep Safe Team

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