FCSS gives first glimpse at sur­vey re­sults

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

The Drumheller Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Ser­vices (FCSS) re­cently re­vealed some of the raw data ac­quired through the eco­nomic needs as­sess­ment sur­vey.

This sur­vey was con­ducted a cou­ple months ago to gain in­sight into what res­i­dents of Drumheller want to see within their com­mu­nity.

11 short videos were made for pro­mo­tional pur­poses as well as 10 stake­holder dis­cus­sions. Those dis­cus­sions fo­cused on ed­u­ca­tion, health, dis­abil­i­ties, food se­cu­rity, se­niors, trans­porta­tion, etc.

The ques­tions of the on­line sur­vey fo­cused on four ini­tial ques­tions; age, chil­dren un­der 18 in the par­tic­i­pant’s care, where they pay mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty tax, and how long they have lived in Drumheller.

Ques­tions also re­lated to men­tal health, ad­dic­tions, fam­ily vi­o­lence, sex­ual abuse, and spe­cific iden­ti­fied pri­or­i­ties like ed­u­ca­tion.

Over­all, the is­sues they dis­cov­ered were of most im­por­tance was ac­ces­si­ble men­tal health/coun­selling sup­port ser­vices, af­ford­abil­ity of liv­ing in Drumheller, ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and youth, and wel­com­ing new­com­ers. FCSS co­or­di­na­tor April Har­ri­son ex­plained that high pri­or­i­ties out­side of the FCSS scope in­cluded hous­ing and trans­porta­tion.

Har­ri­son brought forth five po­ten­tial res­o­lu­tions to these high­lighted pri­or­i­ties.

The first fo­cused on funds to sup­port a slid­ing fee scale for coun­selling in Drumheller.

This scale al­lows peo­ple with lim­ited in­comes to pay what is af­ford­able and within their means.

The hourly fee for ser­vice is de­ter­mined at the be­gin­ning of the ini­tial treat­ment ses­sion be­tween the client and ther­a­pist, and is based on the client’s an­nual in­come and num­ber of de­pen­dents in the home.

The sec­ond was a Drumheller ac­cess card which could en­com­pass ser­vices or goods like recre­ation, trans­porta­tion, den­tal and health ser­vices, child­care, and/or gro­ceries.

The third item talked about a third space for youth like a youth cen­tre or hub. This cen­tre could have a youth coun­cil/com­mit­tee, an af­ter school drop-in pro­gram, home­work club, food, men­tor­ship pro­grams or in­ter­gen­er­a­tional pro­grams, a safe space to be with friends, a space for art, mu­sic and drama, gam­ing com­pe­ti­tions, and/or a silent disco.

A wel­com­ing pro­gram was the fourth pro­posal. They are con­sid­er­ing look­ing at a Drumheller am­bas­sador pro­gram which would in­clude ed­u­ca­tional events, build­ing a nur­tur­ing sense of com­mu­nity, buddy sys­tems, and block party pro­grams.

Num­ber five was an events co­or­di­na­tor ded­i­cated to spe­cific events like the Fes­ti­val of Lights, the Pic­nic in the Park, and other events put on by FCSS to fully com­mit to wanted pro­grams in the com­mu­nity.

FCSS’s next steps fo­cus on com­plet­ing group ses­sions, con­tin­u­ing to an­a­lyze data and fo­cus group re­sults, com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sions and feed­back.

They plan on pre­sent­ing the fi­nal draft of the re­port to Town of Drumheller coun­cil in April.

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