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October 1, 2009

logo-tyzeWhether you call them personal support networks, circles of friends, family, or family of choice – the people around you are important in good times and bad!   Having a network around you can keep you healthier and, if you do get sick, help you stay safe in the hospital and get better faster.    One new way to facilitate the development, expansion and inclusion of a network of friends and family members is with a tyze site.     Some of the best agencies in B.C. (and in other countries) are experimenting with this variation on a social networking site, which has as it’s focus the support of one’s personal network.   Our agency recently made the leap and is now partnering with tyze:

With a Spectrum.Tyze personal support network you can

  • … invite friends, family members, neighbours and caregivers to join your support network
  • … schedule everything from medical appointments to birthday parties
  • … plan tasks together and share progress
  • … tell stories about how you met the person at the centre of your network, and share their triumphs and challenges.

We’ll keep you informed as things move forward.    We have an initial contract to support the development of about 20 spectrum/tyze sites for individuals and will be conducting our first training session at the beginning of October.  

check out the Spectrum launch page here.      You can find out more about tyze and see an example of how a site works at

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2009 5:20 pm

    I’d be interested in hearing from families about their experiences with Tyze. Thanks

  2. Ernie Baatz permalink*
    October 2, 2009 5:17 am

    We did our first training today with individuals, families and staff all taking the training as “connectors” who will learn the skills required to develop TYZE networks, then head out on the internet with our support and begin to invite the folks in their networks to join the TYZE network. We’ll update you as we get further along. Right now, we are to spend a week practicing on a “sandbox” site, and then we’ll start building real sites. So check back next month… Of course there are many others using TYZE right now who could probably provide you with some feedback. Anyone?

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