Pincher Creek and Area Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) kicked off its project to assess social needs and bridge potential gaps for those needs within the community.
The goal of the assessment is to determine and prioritize the social needs of the residents of the Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, and the Village of Cowley, also referred to as the greater community.
FCSS took interest in doing the assessment after reading the results of a similar project that Crowsnest Pass had completed.
“We have never done (a community needs assessment), and my colleague at the Crowsnest Pass FCSS has sent a copy of their recently completed Social Needs Assessment,” said local FCSS coordinator David Green. “It’s an incredibly valuable document — about 40 pages long — and they really covered the ground,” said Green.
“We recognize that there are social needs in the community. We don’t know for sure, in many respects, how they’re structured, who’s involved, but most importantly, where the gaps are between social services in the community.