Social Action

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If you’re stressed about money, groceries, relationships, parenting or you just need to talk, call us at 780-464-4044.

Family and Community Services staff will support you and connect you to free resources in the County. The call line is open seven days a week.

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Safe. Supported. Connected.

Let's stay connected

Connection is core to our humanity. The current public health crisis means that we are forced into isolation and all of us are adjusting to this new 'normal'. Isolation can have a negative impact on our emotional well-being and mental health and we want you to know you are not alone.

Who are your connections? Have you made plans with friends, family and/or neighbours, in the event you or your household is required to isolate and cannot venture out to pick up the necessities?

Strathcona County Social Action is here for you. We want to help you facilitate connection even when we must be apart. We can continue to connect to support our relationships, pick up and deliver items to friends, loved ones and neighbours - from an appropriate distance. 

We can also connect without the need for specific services and to simply show our neighbours and passersby that we are here and we care.

Resources for connecting

Social media

We encourage you to watch for the new hashtag #SafeSupportedConnected on our social media accounts which are linked below. Feel free to use this hashtag to promote your own actions to promote connection, support and inclusion in response to the new 'normal' of physical distancing, self-isolation and non-physical ways of getting together.

IRL - In real life

The Social Action team has created some simple resources you can print out and use at home. Below you will find a door hanger and sign to let your neighbours know you are isolating.

We have also created a postcard that you can use to let your neighbours know you're available to help them. 

  • Simply slide it into the door jamb or under the door, or drop it in their mailbox - just remember to practice proper precautionary hygiene as paper can transmit the novel coronavirus and other pathogens.

All Safe Supported Connected items are designed to be easily printed at home on standard letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 in.).

Other ways to connect

Check out our Well-being and mental health page for additional resources.

Social Action

Take a look at our latest social action stories:

  • Community-builders in COVID-19: Spirit Grad Wear:  Lifelong friends Quinton and Jessica were in the final months of high school when the pandemic hit. During a social distancing walk they thought of a fun way to bring people together through apparel. Check out the story of friendship, entrepreneurship and humour with Spirit Grad Wear. 

  • Community-builders in COVID-19: The Nottingham Art Walk story:  The Brunsdon family make community-building a family affair. From a neighbourhood socially distanced game of Easter I-Spy, to a growing public art exhibit on their back fence - check out their story to learn about the Nottingham Art Walk and see how you can get involved.

  • Community-builders in COVID-19: Audrey's story:  Audrey and her friends weren't going to let social distancing get in the way of celebrating their neighbour's birthday - even if it meant singing in their driveways. 

  • Community-builders in COVID-19: Brianna and Olive's story:  When social distancing measures forced most of us into our homes a couple of weeks ago, Brianna Wozny's daughter, Olive, wanted to make sure her neighbours didn't feel lonely and would know that staying inside was a heroic choice.
  • Community-builders in COVID-19: Paul's story:  Paul Jew has lived in as well as operated his business, Smilie's Restaurant, in Sherwood Park for over 24 years. He loves his community and when the current COVID19 crisis meant hardship for many in the 'Park, he decided to do something about it.

See people doing positive things in our community?

Let us know and we would be happy to reach out, interview and tell their story of connection and community.

Contact us: Social.Action@strathcona.ca

Stories will be posted on the Strathcona County Blog under “Social Action”, or if they relate specifically to actions in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, those stories will post under "Community-building in COVID-19". We will also highlight and promote these stories on our @scsocialaction social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

Our partners

  • A Safe Place
  • Addiction and Mental Health Services, Alberta Health Services
  • altView Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona County
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Children's Services (Government of Alberta)
  • Community Living Advisory Committee
  • Elk Island Catholic Schools
  • Elk Island Public Schools
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heartland Alliance Church
  • Heartland Housing Foundation
  • Linking Generations
  • Ministerial Association of Strathcona County
  • Northern Alberta Cooperative Housing Association
  • Parents Empowering Parents
  • Reforming Family Justice
  • Robin Hood Association
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • SAFFRON Centre
  • Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Sherwood Park Strathcona Primary Care Network
  • Strathcona County Food Bank
  • Strathcona County Health Centre and Fort Saskatchewan Health Unit
  • Strathcona County Library
  • Volunteer Strathcona
This page is created and maintained through partnership with Volunteer Strathcona
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Family and Community Services
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220
Email: social.action@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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