We work with government, business and community leaders to raise awareness of current local social issues and trends, develop plans to address issues and assist with the implementation of action plans aimed at strengthening our community and optimizing the potential of our residents. Some of the initiatives we are actively involved in are:
Niagara Region Community Services is looking for ball hockey players for a tournament on Feb. 11, 2012 in support of local agencies working to prevent homelessness in Niagara.
Niagara's Community Human Services Plan provides a framework for identifying the current and future human services and supports that Niagara residents need.
The plan also provides an opportunity for social services providers in Niagara to look at new, creative ways to deliver those services and address concerns such as service access complexity, service overlaps, gaps or lack of flexibility.
The Niagara Immigration Portal is an online gateway, created to help attract prospective immigrants, provide seamless access to relevant information and services from all three levels of government and assist prospective and landed immigrants in settlement and integration.
There are many children, individuals and families living in poverty in Niagara.
When we look at poverty from a community perspective, we see the impact on:
We are facing a significant challenge to address this issue but have taken several important first steps toward reducing poverty and making Niagara stronger through prosperity initiatives.
The Niagara Research and Planning Council was formed in 2005 by community members including leaders in Niagara's "For Social Profit" agencies to discuss concerns about the social future of Niagara's citizens. The primary concern was the absence of integrated social planning and its missed opportunities and the need for a mechanism in Niagara for integrated social and community planning.
The Niagara Workforce Planning Board is the expert on our local labour market. They are a not-for-profit, community-based organization that brings local community stakeholders together to identify labour force issues and develop possible solutions for labour force development across all parts of Niagara.