Children Youth

Community Responds to Prince Edward County Vital Signs Report

On Tuesday, January 21st, a large crowd of service providers and community members assembled upstairs at  Books and Company in Picton to respond to results of The County Community Foundation Vital Signs report which was released on October 1, 2013.

Using a wonderful mind tool called the Six Thinking Hats, participants brainstormed on three red flag areas.  Key ideas for action were:

Food Insecurity

• gain a solid understand of what food security programs are available and help support the coordination of these programs;

• create a community drop-in where people of all ages can learn how to cook, can, etc.;

• look at food reclamation.

Getting Around

• greater municipal involvement with transportation;

• collaborate on solutions with current providers;

• develop one consolidated booking system.

Learning

• create more extra-curricular activities that are accessible and affordable;

• support a variety of unconventional learning opportunities for children and youth;

• develop youth drop-in centres.

At the conclusion of the morning, participants were invited to sign up for working groups.  The suggestion was made for the food insecurity group to collaborate with the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Food Security Network and the Children and Youth Services Network on food reclamation and other initiatives.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (African proverb)

Anyone wishing to get involved in these working groups, please contact:

“Food Insecurity” – Joan Pennefather:  info@countycommunityfoundation.ca (613-476-7901 x218)

“Getting Around” – Debbie MacDonald Moynes: debbie.moynes@communitycareforseniors.org (613-476-1555)

“Learning” – Ann McIntosh: ecotb@focusontraining.com (613-969-0720)

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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