The Indigenous Perspectives Society has received a much-needed transformation to its building as part of a “radical renovation” offered by a local charity.
HeroWork — a charity that transforms other charities through much-needed renovations in a speedy and efficient manner — has turned the Indigenous Perspectives Society building into a culturally relevant and safe space with the capacity to train larger groups and foster deeper impacts within its community.
IPS was working out of a former die casting shop, training over 1300 people per year. Following the “radical renovation” from HeroWork, the capacity of people that IPS can train per year is estimated to grow by 300.
“This includes care workers and social workers who will be empowered to deepen the cultural immersion of Indigenous children in care, fostering the sense of belonging crucial to their empowerment,” reads a statement from HeroWork. “This also includes non-Indigenous groups and individuals working towards reconciliation, various governance boards for Indigenous organizations, supervisors of Indigenous child and family service agencies, family support workers, designated representatives, and more.”
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The facility will be a much-needed improvement for the 15 full-time staff and 30+ training contractors as well.
HeroWork says that the radical renovation will also allow for program expansion due to newly configured spaces that can accommodate up to 50 participants.
HeroWork adds that the redesigned interior layout is intended to improve operational efficiencies and sustainability, while also offering culturally relevant designs.
Other upgrades include skylights for increased natural light, soundproofing, additional washrooms, and improved air quality.
HeroWork has gone as far to say that this project is its “most unique aesthetic transformation to date.”
The newly renovated Indigenous Perspectives Society is located at 664 Granderson Rd. in Victoria.