WHAT FCSS IS:
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a partnership between the Province / Municipal Governments and Metis Settlements to provide preventive and very early intervention services in communities. It has been offered in the province for over 50 years.
FCSS is found across the province and looks a bit different in each community.
FCSS is governed by a Provincial Act and Regulation on how the money can be used.
FCSS Act and Regulation states that the funding split must be at least 20% municipal funding to 80% provincial funding. Many municipalities contribute more than the 20% share. Municipalities report annually to the provincial government on how the money was used and what the community impact was.
WHAT FCSS DOES:
FCSS focuses on prevention and very early intervention social service programs. These programs are designed to support “People development for strong communities.”
- We work with other County departments and community agencies to offer a wide range of services across the ages.
- Whether you are parents for the first time with a brand-new babe or a senior wanting to try something new, we probably offer something for you.
LAC LA BICHE COUNTY FCSS:
Lac La Biche County has a mix of FCSS funded programs and services and some that are fully funded by the County (because they do not fit within the provincial FCSS mandate – see FCSS below).
These services complement each other, so we have created a team of dynamic people to serve you, the community. Services not funded by FCSS include the Community Access Service, Child Mind Service, and the Family Resource Network.
For a listing of FCSS programs available, just check out the most recent Program Activity Guide. You will find a listing for all the programs available in any given season. Whether it is Tumble Kids in winter, Super Kids or Tween Scene in Summer, Teen Chill Zone during school terms, or Seniors’ Aquafit, there is something for every age group.
Watch for our events that bring the community together from celebrating family at the Family Day Festival, bringing in a speaker on child and family development or a seniors’ spring tea. We also support volunteerism, including celebrating the fabulous army of volunteers that makes Lac La Biche County such a phenomenal place to live.
Please click on the link below if you want to learn more about:
General Inquiries: 780-623-6745
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FCSS Manager: 780-623-6819
Community Outreach Workers:
Children (7-12) 780-623-6365 Youth 780-623-6754
Seniors 780-623-6726 Community Development 780-623-6361
Young Family Connections / Child Mind Services: 780-623-6365
Community Access Services – both Paratransit and Community Access Service: 780-623-6763
Northern Lakes Family Resource Network: It Takes a Village - 780-623-6745
The FCSS office is located at the Bold Center (8702 – 91 Avenue)
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)
Lac La Biche County has chosen to use FCSS funding for both direct services and grants to non-profit organizations. If you have an idea for a program that might be good for the community or your organization wants to apply for funding, give us a call (see the contact information below).
- Lac La Biche County has a Bylaw governing our local FCSS operations, which includes having an FCSS Board.
- The bylaw states that the board will have 4 people from the community and 2 Councillors.
- The Board reviews program reports, helps identify if there are gaps in services, reviews applications and reports for funding.
- Their responsibility is to promote FCSS to the community and to help ensure the program and grants align with community needs.
Click here to read the Lac La Biche County FCSS Bylaw and Board.
The FCSS board typically meets the 2nd Monday of each month.
The FCSS Board’s mission statement is “People development for strong communities.”
NORTHERN LAKES FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK: IT TAKES A VILLAGE
The Northern Lakes Family Resource Network is administered through Athabasca FCSS and is a group of agencies providing supports to families with children aged 0-18 years.
- The spectrum of services is from prevention / education services to intervention, seeking to support healthy caregiver / parenting skills and family development.
- For further information on the full range of programs and how to access services through the NL FRN, please go to website link for details
Lac La Biche County hosts the It Takes a Village program providing parent / caregiver education and support. Watch our Facebook pages for regular workshops and programs such as Emotion Coaching, Baby Talk, and It Starts With Hope parent support group. Our staff provide Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Triple P programming and 1-on-1 conversations to encourage positive parenting skills development.
FCSS recognizes and supports the role that non-profit groups play in supporting prevention and very early intervention.
- Programs or events must be of a preventive / very early intervention social service nature, or support volunteers.
- Applications must align with the provincial strategic directions, which can be found here: FCSS Act and Regulation
Some previous recipients include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lac La Biche & Area, Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Plamondon & Wandering River youth program, Historical Chappelle Society of Plamondon.
- Applications must be received at least two weeks before a board meeting.
- Expenses incurred before an application has been reviewed will not be eligible for the grant funding.
- The current grant application form contains sections for both the application and report in one document.
- There is also a grant budget form that must accompany the application.
Assistance with the grant application for sections such as outcomes is available by calling 780-623-6819 or e-mailing email@example.com
Click the following links to download our application form and budget sheet:
Please contact 780-623-6819 if you have any questions about the application process.
Lac La Biche County Interagency
The Lac La Biche County Interagency is a group of service agencies and community members who meet to share information and ideas, and discuss current trends and issues that affect residents’ quality of life. All interested groups and individuals are invited to attend bi-monthly meetings. There is always an open seat at the table.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more, or if you would like to present at the Interagency’s next regular meeting. FCSS also maintains a list of agencies and residents who want to be kept informed about local programs and services between meetings.
Community Programming and Services
One of FCSS’s main responsibilities is observing what is happening in the community, identifying gaps in local social programs and services, and finding ways to fill them. The department’s activities change frequently, so up-to-date information is posted on Lac La Biche County FCSS’ Facebook page.
Child Minding Services
As part of Young Family Connections, this service provides high-quality child-minding services for people participating in activities or services offered at the Bold Center. For further service and fee information please go to the Child Mind page.
Community Access System
Lac La Biche County recognizes the importance of affordable transportation to essential services as part of a healthy community. For further service and fee information please go to the Community Access System page.