Vibrant Communities is a collective impact initiative led by The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area which at the core is a poverty reduction strategy. It uses the Tamarack model for Collective Impact. In early 2018 the SDC began engaging 100 policy makers, healthcare workers, non-profit professionals, business owners, people with lived experience and many more from across SDG, Akwesasne and Cornwall. The group is to assess the risks and find the biggest issues our communities are faced with. They will then take action collectively and address those largest societal issues with a strong focus on prevention. Their 4 pillars determined by the community are Mental Health, Health Services, Poverty and Community Safety.
What is a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan?
On January 1, 2019 The Government of Ontario mandated municipalities (single and upper tier) to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being plan (CSWB). As part of these legislative changes, municipalities are required to work in partnership with police services, health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services as they undertake the planning process. The goal of this plan is to achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, access to services and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression.