Mentorship about the LIC Model
At the heart of the Living in Community model is the bringing together of different groups – current and former sex workers, support organizations, Indigenous groups, health organizations, businesses, government, and community organizations. As a group, we take stock of what is happening around sex work in the community. We discuss our needs and what we can do to make communities healthier and safer. We don’t always agree, but we are committed to listening and understanding the different voices around the table. And we commit to take action where there is agreement.
Living in Community mentors other communities about our model, and about how to adapt it to their contexts.
To learn more about how the LIC model could work in your community, contact us.
In 2017, Living in Community staff travelled to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, to meet with local organizations and provide training. Starting in the fall of 2017, the Living in Community St. John's committee began meeting about once a month to identify issues and solutions at the neighbourhood level. A lot of the conversation around sex work in St. John's (and at the Living in Community table) focuses on the street-based sex trade; this is the most visible part of the industry, and is also where many of the concerns emerge, both for the safety of vulnerable workers and people involved, and residents of neighbourhoods in which it is concentrated. That said, the goal of the Living in Community process is to make the whole city a safer place for all.