FCSS - Family and Community Support Services
The Town of Black Diamond Family and Community Support Services strives to build a better community by providing support that strengthens, enriches, and enhances the quality of life and encourages the efforts of volunteers.
WHAT IS FCSS?
FCSS is a partnership between local municipal governments and the provincial Children & Youth Services Ministry. The partnership provides provincial funding that is matched with local tax dollars on an 80/20 share basis. The funding is then used to support and develop locally driven preventative social services initiatives. It cannot, however, provide any direct financial assistance to individuals or families. Such assistance must be obtained through specifc government channels and organizations.
One of our major functions is to refer people to appropriate agencies, as the need requires. We have an extensive listing of agencies and resources available. Community Services can assist groups, families, or individuals in their search for the best possible services. Example: Counselling services, government service information, referral to existing support groups, etc. If we are not aware of any agency providing a service required by our residents, we will do our utmost to research the alternatives and bring options back. The Alberta website www.informalberta.ca as well as www.programs.alberta.ca are excellent resource sites that anyone can access. On a more local level, the High Country Wellness Coalition has comprised a Resource Guide availalbe in hard copy or here online. If you would like to have a hard copy please contact Suzan Nagel at 403 933-4348.
A large variety of government forms can be picked up through Family and Community Support Services at the town office, and we've also provided links to access the forms right from our website, wherever possible. Click here for a list of available forms
GRIEF AND LOSS COUNCELLING - available through Life Works. Coucelling sessions may be covered through your employer's EFAP - Employee and Family Assistance Program -ask your employer about this program. To book a private appointment or to request an on-site workshop in your community call Elaine Woodward at 403-931-1094 or email email@example.com
Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2013
All volunteers serving the towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond are invited to attend the VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION starting at 6:00 pm on April 25, 2013. The event is being held at the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley. Please join us for food and refreshment at this open house celebration.
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Chelsea Durling is looking for two volunteers for the Block Parent program. If you are interested please contact her at 403-466-4436 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about volunteering please click here.
FCSS Grant Funding Applications - Family and Community Support Services - Applications for Funding through FCSS are now being accepted from community groups for 2013. Please refer to the Organizational Supports section for application or contact Suzan Nagel at 403 933-4348 for more information.