Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 30/10/2017 (232 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Do you know the names of your neighbours?
Have you ever felt like you needed support and did not know where to find it?
According to Winnipeg’s Vital Signs Report 2017 (a project of the Winnipeg Foundation, released in early October):
• 60 per cent of Winnipeggers know their neighbour well enough to ask for help; and
• 37 per cent of respondents reported feeling lonely at some point in the past week.
Last week I attended a community consultation at South Winnipeg Family Information Centre (SWFIC) known as Cake and Conversation. The consultation was held to gather input for the new drop-in centre.
The new drop-in hours are an opportunity to address the challenges faced by people who may feel disconnected from their community.
SWFIC is a partner of the United Way of Winnipeg agency. Together they offer a number of programs to support families, children, and young adults. Programs vary from babysitter training and students study skills workshops to discussions on Truth and Reconciliation. SWFIC also manages the Clothes Closet program which collects donations of women’s business attire and provides women needing support with an interview outfit.
The new drop in hours are funded by United Way’s "For Every Family Initiative" including the United Way of Winnipeg, private donors, The Winnipeg Foundation, and the Province of Manitoba. The goal of the new program is to enhance access to services through increased hours of operation and additional staff at 24 family resource centres across the city.
There were many themes that came out of the community consultation.
• Seeking connection and engagement in the community;
• Support for opportunities to improve physical health such as community based food programs;
• Supports for mental health and wellness;
• Reducing isolation in our aging population;
• Interest in intergenerational opportunities. i.e. community dance; parents, tots and seniors, or young families and seniors connecting;
• Supports for families of children with special needs /developmental differences; and
• People want deeper connections and reciprocal friendships.
The key goal is to increase community connections.
So drop in and join the conversation at SWFIC Monday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays/Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.. You can also call SWFIC for more information at 204-284-9311.
As always feel free to reach out to me at James.Allum@yourmanitoba.ca or call my office at 204-475-2270.
Fort Garry-Riverview constituency report
James Allum is the NDP MLA for Fort Garry-Riverview.