Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

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Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta

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In brief, Family and Community Support Services is:

  • a legal partnership between the Province of Alberta and municipalities or Metis Settlements;
  • an agreement under which locally-driven preventive initiatives can be developed, to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities;
  • a funding arrangement through which the province provides a pre-determined grant for locally-driven initiatives, and municipalities match that grant by providing at least 20 percent of the funding;
  • a philosophy under which:
    • local people can influence things that affect them;
    • communities can be innovative and creative;
    • citizen participation, self-help and volunteerism are encouraged;
      human growth and potential are enhanced;
  • continually evolving program that encourages communities to strengthen themselves.

At the local level, a municipality or MŽtis Settlement Council chooses whether to establish an FCSS Program and enters into an agreement with the Government of Alberta to jointly fund projects/services. These projects/services depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.

The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. Programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

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