Ryley has embarked on the journey to develop its own FCSS program. A program designed especially for our unique community. So, what exactly is FCSS and what does that mean for us?
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation. The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that when individuals, families and communities help themselves, it contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth, and independence. Local municipalities design, deliver and provide referral to social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among the residents in their community.
Programs developed are intended to help improve the quality of life and build strength and capacity to prevent and/or deal with difficult situations should they arise. One of the key principles of the FCSS Program is local responsibility for priority setting and resource allocation with a focus on preventative services.
The municipality of Ryley is developing a local FCSS program to address the unique needs of its residents and those in the surrounding area. The program will support the well-being and resiliency of the community providing information, education and programs that provide preventative services. By coordinating, networking, and partnering with local service agencies, businesses, community members, together with regional FCSS organizations and partners, Ryley FCSS will endeavor to help strengthen our community while providing tools and resources to address social needs.
But if you need us now, we are available (1.780.663.3653 or FCSS@Ryley.ca )
Looking ahead, some of the areas of focus will be:
- Preventative social programs, where people gain new skills and knowledge that will create a community that is resilient to crisis.
- Resilient communities work together to prevent social problems and provide opportunities for children, youth, families, adults and seniors to fully participate in the community.
- Strong partnerships that will bring people and agencies together, working in collaboration, to meet the needs of our communities.
- Volunteers make social programs and resilient communities possible by giving their time and expertise to others while developing strong relationships and learning new skills.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) provides programming that is mandated to deliver social programs that “…are preventive in nature and are provided at the earliest opportunity in order to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities.” These programs depend on community resources and often involve volunteers working closely with staff members to support the delivery of programs. They work in partnership with other service providers in the local community and the surrounding region to try to prevent the need for intervention and rehabilitation services, by offering social supports that help to strengthen Albertans in their everyday lives. FCSS also provides links to other organizations that might provide further prevention-based opportunities to the public.
FCSS encourages and appreciates all our volunteers in every community. There are many proven health benefits of volunteering and being involved in one’s community. If you are interested in volunteering with Ryley FCSS, please contact us via phone or email. We will find out what kind of volunteering you would enjoy and contact you when opportunities arise!
For current Ryley volunteer opportunities, you may also contact:
Ryley Community Together Program at 780-663-3653, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ryley.ca/community-together
Beaver County at 780-663-3730 or see their website at http://www.beaver.ab.ca/departments/adult-learning/volunteer-opportunities
Check back with us soon for upcoming programs – details to be announced!
The Village of Ryley supports the Kids Help Phone and encourages any youth that just need to talk to someone to contact the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. You’re not alone. 24/7/365. We’re here to help you with anything. Free professional counselling. Anonymous and confidential. Non-judgmental. Available online or on the phone
Be sure to check out our website! www.kidshelpphone.ca
Beaver County Victim Services http://www.beavercountyvictimservices.ca/