If you’re stressed about money, groceries, relationships, parenting or not sure where to start, call us at 780-464-4044.
Family and Community Service (FCS) call-in hours:
Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Our office is not accessible to the public at this time.
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
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.
Take a look at our latest social action stories:
- Community Builders during COVID-19: We’re all in this “jam” together: The Social Action team interviewed Cheyenne, a recipient for the COVID-19 Community Connection Microgrant. Cheyenne and her daughter assembled and dropped off over 20 jars of jams in her neighbourhood to spark a “sweet” connection.
- Social Action: Celebrating National Child Day: To celebrate National Child Day, Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition held a creative mask design competition as an opportunity for children and youth to express themselves through art, poetry, and creative writing.
- Community-builders in COVID-19: Follow up on the Country Convoy: Social Action caught up with Jessica Lutz, co-organizer and board member with the Ardrossan Recreation and Agricultural Society, to hear how things went with the innovative Country Convoy reverse-parade - discussed here just a few weeks back.
- Community-builders in COVID-19: Graham Heights and Scot Haven Walking Group: Jamie Imeson and neighbours from the Range Road 232 subdivision have taken a healthy approach to physically-distanced socializing by forming a weekly walking group for their community.
- Community-builders in COVID-19: Country Cottage and Silver Birch Place plantings: Kathy Gynane, daughter Haley and long-time friend Carol Parsons wanted to spark a little joy in seniors’ lives. Read about how they planted flowers and a lilac tree for residents of two local seniors' residences using funding from Community Connection Grants.
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.
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.
- 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|
Follow us on social media: