Community Wellness Hub

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Together with the community, Strathcona County is exploring the possibility of creating a community wellness hub

A community wellness hub could serve as a space for residents to access needed social services and programs in a timely manner while creating opportunities for community agencies and public services to work in new ways together.

In fall 2018, Council was presented with the Community hub study (9.3 MB) , which summarized community feedback on the possibility, look and feel of a community hub in Strathcona County. The report identified broader public engagement, potential partner exploration, business planning, and possible site exploration as the next steps for the project.

Strathcona County is now building upon the recommendations identified in the report by exploring the concept of wellness. Wellness is defined as a holistic concept that empowers citizens at every age and stage to build and maintain their wellbeing. This exploration will include reviewing the learnings and feedback from recent public engagement for the development and implementation of the upcoming Recreation and Culture Strategy. 

The Community Hub study will also engage residents through a community hub survey and in-person dialogues at community gathering sites across Strathcona County (i.e., community leagues, seniors’ centres, parents’ groups, community events, and programs, etc.). For more information and engagement dates please visit our public engagement page.

Engagement activities will explore the concepts of wellness and how community partners and service providers can work together in a hub setting to better support individual and family wellness.

Participate today!

Are you interested in sharing your ideas? We’re inviting people who live and/or work in Strathcona County to fill out a short community hub survey. The survey will be open until July 3, 2019.

All findings from community engagement activities will be summarized and reported to Council in fall 2019.

Background

In spring 2018, Council approved a feasibility study and invited public feedback on the possibility, look, and feel of a community hub in Strathcona County. On October 23, 2018, Strathcona County, together with its consultant Intelligent Futures, presented a report to Council that summarized community feedback during the exploration of the design, functionality, and feasibility of a community hub model to help meet rural and urban resident needs.

The report identified broader public engagement, potential partner exploration, business planning, and possible site exploration as the next steps for the project.

The  Strathcona County Community Hub Study Report (9.3 MB)  is an important milestone for continuing the Social Framework’s four outcomes of affordability, access to programs and services, safety, connectedness and inclusion, as well as meeting goals listed in Strathcona County’s strategic plan.

Community hubs

Community hubs across Canada are tailored to meet their city and resident needs. Listen to the podcast about how these community hubs are serving their citizens.

Increased access to programs and services in Strathcona County emerged as a common theme during Community Talk public engagement, and is one of four outcomes of the Social Framework.

Themes: affordability, access to programs and service, safety, connectedness and inclusion.

Family and Community Services
Address: 200, 501 Festival Avenue
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220
Email: FamilyandCommunity@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Friday, May 31, 2019
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