We are focused on supporting people in all walks of life by providing information and services for all your needs.  FCSS partners with other community agencies to deliver programs efficiently in a cost effective manner and to draw on experience from shared knowledge.

Note: Remember the importance of maintaining physical distancing in these times of COVID-19. Be innovative with your connecting.  Check out latest Provincial guidelines here 

 Project of the Heart for National Truth and Reconciliation Day

The Town of Stony Plain is committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten. September 30th has been declared the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity for each citizen in Canada to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event.

The Town of Stony Plain would like to invite residents to participate in the Project of Heart.

The Project of Heart is a hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Everyone is invited to join the Project of Heart and create their own piece of art. Bring your art as a gesture of reconciliation to display at the Stony Plain Youth Centre on September 30.   

  • Residents are encouraged to participate in the Project of Heart at the Stony Plain Library with facilitated discussion led by Native Counselling Services of Alberta staff. For information visit: Stony Plain Library
  • Youth and their families are encouraged to participate in the Project of Heart at the Stony Plain Youth Centre with facilitated discussion led by local Elders Charlene & Wilson Bearhead. For information visit: Stony Plain Youth Centre
  • Residents can also participate independently by following along on the Project of Heart website. 

All are welcome to wear orange shirts and bring your completed art (can be an orange paper heart) as an act of reconciliation to the Stony Plain Youth Centre on September 30 for a ceremony in honour of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. 

 Memory Cafe - September 21

Building on our Dementia Connections Project, Stony Plain Community & Social Development in partnership with the Stony Plain United Church and the Alzheimer's Society of AB & NWT is launching the Memory Cafe. The goal is to create and maintain inclusive and welcoming dementia-friendly environments within the Tri Region by bringing together passionate volunteers with people living with dementia and their care partners for social engagement opportunities. This project will address issues of dementia, isolation, and social activity. Memory Cafe will meet the first and third Tuesday every month with the first one on September 21  at 10:30 AM. Participants are asked to attend with their care partner as our volunteers lead the group through facilitated memory cafe activities, singing and care partner support group. The support group will be facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Society of AB & NWT. Care partners can attend the support group while their loved ones participate in a facilitated singing program.  

 

Residents of Stony Plain, Parkland County and Spruce Grove who are living with dementia and looking for positive connections in a dementia-friendly setting are asked to call Stony Plain, Community & Social Development Office at 780-963-8583 for information. 

For more information visit our website ​www.stonyplainfcss.com

Cultural Campfires

Cultural Campfires is back for our third season!

Since the beginning of time, gathering around campfires has provided people with a space for reflection, conversation, and community. It is a place where culture can be shared, understanding can be built, and connections can be nourished. Campfires are magical. Songs, stories and relationships flourish around campfires.

This summer, the Town of Stony Plain is bringing eight cultural campfires to our community virtually. The series runs on Thursday evenings for July and August at 7pm on our facebook page and will host diverse cultural storytelling from an array of cultural backgrounds including: Cree, Ukrainian, English, and few surprises. All are welcome to attend. The first campfire will be July 8, 2021.

The campfires are designed not just to entertain community but to build community understanding, acceptance and compassion.

Caring Hearts Connection

Caring Hearts Connectors is a safety net for residents of Stony Plain and Parkland County to connect to supports during times of crisis.

Services will include: fielding calls from residents in need, providing registration of residents at risk of needing support, follow up on isolated residents, general inquiries about local resources.

Working with community supports and local organization, we can ensure that all residents are supported.

Caring Hearts Connectors poster

Connect to Stony Plain FCSS at 780-963-8583 or pfcss@stonyplain.com 

 Dementia Connections Project

Dementia Connections Project's goal is to ensure all residents in the Tri Region living with dementia are supported.

Persons living with dementia and their care partners will be matched with a trained volunteer who can assist with resource navigation and individual friendly visiting on a regular basis.

Our trained volunteers are here to connect, support and share! If you are a person living with dementia and would like to participate in our project, connect with our office for an intake consult.

If you have a caring heart, a passion for connecting with others and an interest in dementia - Register to be a Dementia Connector!

Dementia Connections poster

Call for People

News Release

Up-to-date Dementia related information here

Connect to Stony Plain FCSS at 780-963-8583 or pfcss@stonyplain.com 

Trail Explorers Dementia-Friendly Walking Group

This week, building on our Dementia Connections Project, Stony Plain Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is launching the Trail Explorers Dementia-Friendly Walking Group

The goal is to create and maintain inclusive and welcoming dementia-friendly environments within the Tri Region by bringing together passionate volunteers with people living with dementia and their care partners for social engagement opportunities. This project will address issues of dementia, isolation and physical activity. 

The walking group will meet every second Thursday at 10:15 AM for a 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM walk starting May 6. Participants are asked to register in advance to ensure adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and location of walking group. Participants are asked to attend with their care partner as our volunteer leads the group through the trail system on an engaging walk and talk.  

Residents of Stony Plain, Parkland County and Spruce Grove who are living with dementia and looking for positive connections in a dementia-friendly setting are asking to call Stony Plain FCSS at 780-963-8583 to register.  

Neighbourhood Connect

Neighbourhood Connect is all about neighbours helping neighbours. 

Everyone is valuable and has something to offer neighbourhood life. The discovery of your neighbours skills, abilities and needs will lead to a stronger, more engaged, and supportive neighbourhood. 

Our neighbours are our greatest assets!

Register to be a Neighbourhood Connector in your neighbourhood. Build community, strengthen Stony Plain community spirit, and ensure all your neighbours are connected. Use #SPNeighbours to share stories and ideas with other Neighbourhood Connectors.

Note: Remember the importance of maintaining physical distancing in these times of COVID-19. Be innovative with your neighbouring and connecting.

Resources: 

Together we can ensure our neighbourhoods are strong, healthy and connected where neighbours care about neighbour and celebrate Stony Plain as a great place to call home.

SeniorConnect Tri-Region

SeniorConnect Tri-Region is a free, online training program that teaches residents how to recognize and respond to seniors in need. The program is open to all residents in the Tri-Municipal Region and is an excellent way for us to work together to help seniors in our community find local information, resources and support.

SeniorConnect Tri-Region is a partnership involving Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove FCSS, and is made up of six training modules focused on:

1. Why connecting with seniors is important
2. Caregiver burnout
3. Mental illness: dementia, delirium and depression
4. Elder abuse
5. Addictions
6. Diversity

Register for SeniorConnect Tri-Region
To register for the training and become a Senior Connector:

• Create an account with SeniorConnect Tri-Region.
• Complete the online training modules.
• Start connecting with seniors.

SeniorConnect Tri-Region FAQs
What is a Senior Connector?
Senior Connectors are people of all ages who have completed the online training program and who live or work in the community. They are caring, concerned residents who are trained to connect seniors with the supports they need to remain independent, healthy and safe.

Why should I become a Senior Connector?
Senior Connectors play an important role in our community by recognizing seniors in need of support and responding with the information and resources they need. As people age, they can become isolated and disconnected, which may affect their social, mental and physical well-being.

Meet Tom, for example. Tom is a widowed senior living on his own. His family has moved away and he doesn’t get out much anymore. A neighbour who has completed the training and is a Senior Connector notices that Tom’s car is no longer parked in front of his home and decides to call him to see how he is doing. The neighbour learns Tom is no longer able to drive and needs groceries. So, she picks up some supplies for Tom and provides information about the Accessible Transportation Service for him to use in the future.

What kind of local resources does the online training program focus on?
The training program teaches participants about a variety of local resources. 2-1-1 Alberta, for example, is a 24-hour information and referral line that helps connect people to a full range of essential social, health and government services in the community.

How long will it take to complete the program?
Each module will take between 15 and 40 minutes to complete. You should expect the entire program to take two hours.

How can I support seniors safely amid COVID-19?
During these challenging times it is important to find ways to be good neighbours to one another. Look for opportunities to provide assistance and support to seniors where you can and when it is safe to do so. You may consider the following services, or acts of kindness, that don't involve physical contact:

• Delivering groceries or medical supplies;
• Mowing the lawn or helping in the garden;
• A friendly phone call to touch in.

Learn more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

HelpSeeker

Having trouble finding local services? You can now download a new app called HelpSeeker to help you out! HelpSeeker is a free mobile app that lists local organizations offering programs and services in the area. 

This includes: 

  • Mental health supports

  • Social services

  • Crisis helplines

  • Recreation services

  • Food delivery services

  • Special search for COVID-19 resources

When using the app, residents can search for the support they need and be connected with local resources. You can also search available supports in neighbouring communities, including Edmonton.

HelpSeeker can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play store on any iOS or Android device. It can also be viewed online.

Information for Local Service Providers

Service providers in the Tri-Region are invited to join HelpSeeker today! It is free to participate and puts your programs and services at the fingertips of residents in our community. It also allows you to update your organization’s information online in real-time so you can better adapt to the changing world around us.

To join, visit helpseeker.org to create or claim your profile, and get started.

This pilot project is a partnership between Parkland County, the City of Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain FCSS.

 Neighbours Day

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood with the Return of Neighbours Day

Will you be my neighbour? Neighbours Day is returning to Stony Plain on September 18. Residents are encouraged to plan neighbourhood activities to get to know their neighbours, build community, and strengthen Stony Plain spirit. 

Neighbours Day was first introduced to Town in 2019 as a Mayor’s Task Force initiative. Residents participate in the event by registering as ‘Neighbourhood Connectors’ who are then tasked with organizing a community event. 

Neighbours Day will kick off in Shikaoi Park at 10AM with coffee, light snacks and live entertainment. This year’s theme is none other than everyone’s favourite neighbour, Mr. Rogers. Participants are encouraged to dawn their best neighbourly cardigan and get connected to their neighbourhood

 

How to get involved:

  1. Register to be a Neighbourhood Connector in your neighbourhood.

  2. Brainstorm and plan a Neighbourhood event to celebrate Neighbours Day, aim to connect with 3-6 neighbours. Check out our website for resources or contact us for assistance with planning your event, 780-963-8583 or pfcss@stonyplain.com

Resources: 

Neighbours Meeting Neighbours Community Event

Communities thrive when we care about each other and our neighbourhoods.

Hosting a neighbourhood event is a fun and easy way to get to know your neighbours! As friendships grow, so do safe and caring communities.

This program runs year round and encourages neighbourhoods to be creative in their get-togethers – Snowman competitions, treasure hunts, garden tours, Backyard Theater – the possibilities are as infinite as our community’s imaginations. Let’s get together!

Note: Remember the importance of maintaining physical distancing in these times of COVID-19. Be innovative with your neighbouring and connecting.

For additional resources and event planning guide please see our Neighbourhood Connector tab.

Connect me with COVID-19 Resources and Community Support

Stony Plain FCSS is currently responding to the COVID-19 reality. During this time, our top priority is keeping people connected, supported and safe. Together we shine as a community. We will use the power of community to take thoughtful, positive actions to support our residents.

We have launched a number of new community projects to help residents of Stony Plain and Parkland County. More information on projects that specifically support the COVID-19 response are listed above.

Please visit the Town COVID response page for centralized information and updates on the evolving situation.

Connect me with my Community

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Connect me with Workshops

Check out our Program Guide for more information

Connect me with Support

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