Strathcona County exploring feasibility of a community hub

April 11, 2018

Strathcona County exploring feasibility of a community hub

As part of ongoing efforts to further increase access to social programs and services, Council recently approved the exploration of the design, functionality and feasibility of a possible community hub model in Strathcona County. This feasibility study is an important milestone for continuing the Social Framework’s four outcomes of affordability, access to programs and services, safety, connectedness and inclusion.

The study involves exploring the possibility of creating a community hub in collaboration with the community and community partners, organizations and agencies. The community hub could serve as a central space for residents to access the social services and programs they need when they need them and create opportunities for community agencies and public services to work in new ways together.

Key considerations of the community hub concept include examining what an accessible community space could look like, what key social services are needed locally and which service providers would improve overall accessibility to social programs and services.

The community is invited to share initial ideas on the community hub concept via a short survey, open until April 30, 2018. The survey is available online. In addition, Strathcona County is hosting a stakeholder workshop to further explore ideas based on the unique perspectives of community and social services groups and agencies.

A report summarizing research, feasibility, recommendations and community feedback will be provided to Council in fall 2018. The study could form and guide the basis of a community hub action plan over the coming years.

In 2016, Strathcona County invited the community to share thoughts and ideas on how to best shape the community so everyone has the opportunity to feel supported, safe and connected. The resulting Community Talk was the largest public engagement campaign in the history of Strathcona County, with nearly 8,000 survey responses and over 600 in-person conversations.

More information or call 780-464-4044.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595