United Way British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) have developed an innovation hub to address issues in the community, called the XChange.
This hub houses a Collaboration Centre and a Change Lab to benefit our region and address the most pressing social issues and realities like poverty, hunger, addiction, mental health, isolation, and homelessness together with in partnership with all levels of government, the business sector, non-profit and community organizations, university research faculty and students, school districts, health authorities and the greater community.
The Xchange – Community Collaboration Centre
United Way BC is pleased to offer room rentals at no cost to non-profit organizations allowing for an accessible place of learning, development and collaboration among those working in the sector.
“The Xchange is an important resource on the North Shore because it provides access to meeting space and technology for diverse users. The space is welcoming for almost any event and has become especially important during COVID. Some of the people we work with don’t have access to online meeting technology, so providing the space and supports to attend virtual meetings is vital … Many groups can’t afford paid spaces, so continuing to provide the space for free or minimal charge is going to make important community work possible, and in a location is accessible to those who need it most.”Tangie Genshorek, Executive Director, A Way Home Kamloops
Xchange Booking Form
The Xchange Community Collaborative Centre is located at 286 Tranquille Rd 2nd Floor, Kamloops, BC V2B 3G3. For more information on Xchange please email KristiR@uwbc.ca.
United Way BC and TRU: a Growing Partnership at the Xchange
Thompson Rivers University and United Way British Columbia have embarked on a new, innovative partnership designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between community agencies and researchers at the University.
The long-term vision of this partnership is to increase and share community-based research.
There are three over-arching goals:
- To increase awareness and accessibility of research
- To increase participation by faculty and students in community research
- To increase the influence of research in community planning and decision-making
Watch this video to learn what knowledge mobilization means to us.