Community Development Services

Helping to get you connected to your community

Intake Services

Intake Services provides a comprehensive assessment and triage service to connect people with resources in our agency and the community. Intake services can be accessed over the phone or in person by visiting our North or Beiseker offices or one of our satellite locations (Crossfield and Irricana) during their regular business hours, on a first come, first served basis. Intake staff provide information, referrals and advocacy to help you connect to government programs, housing supports, basic needs supports, Parent Consultations, Domestic Violence supports, Counseling and Senior Services. Intake Services can also connect you to our partner agencies for additional supports, including but not limited to: Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Kids Up Front, Our Lady of Queen Peace Ranch and Best Beginnings.

 

Library Services

The Toy and Resource Library offers a wide selection of toys for children up to five years of age. Parents, grandparents and caregivers appreciate being able to borrow age-appropriate toys that will help children develop skills they use throughout their lives. The children enjoy the novelty of choosing toys that may be different from the ones they have at home. The library includes activity centres, building blocks, puzzles, prop boxes, games and toys that encourage gross motor activity. We also have a selection of toys for children with special needs. In addition, we offer a variety of resources (books and DVD’s) on topics such as parenting, discipline, seperation and divorce, bullying, self esteem and child development. A one time Toy and Resource Library registration fee of $10 will be collected from each individual/family. This fee will go directly towards maintaining and expanding our inventory which will allow us to offer a greater selection of toys, books and DVD’s. The fee may be waived for individuals or families with limited resources.

 

Prevention of Bullying Services

The Peace Coordinator works part time at Community Links and part time at a partner school within the community – Good Shepherd. The Peace Coordinator’s main role consists of working one on one or in groups with children and youth who might be experiencing bullying or friendship issues. The support can be provided for either the person being bullied or the individuals who may be bullying others. The Peace Coordinator also travels to different schools within the community to present to students and/or parents on topics such as bullying, cyber-bullying and healthy relationships. Cofacilitation of groups such as Girls Circle in local schools is also part of the role of the Peace Coordinator. On the topic of bullying, the Peace Coordinator is not only a resource for the schools, but to the entire community.

 

Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Program at Community Links offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for youth, adults, seniors and families. Current volunteer opportunities include: Donation program (volunteers assist with sorting donations of clothing and household goods); Child Care program (volunteers provide on-site child care for families); Toy Washing (volunteers wash and disinfect toys); Income Tax (trained volunteers prepare tax returns for low-income residents); Senior Transportation (volunteers provide transportation within Airdrie as well as to Calgary). Volunteer opportunities at Community Links are flexible and are designed to work within your schedule. Whether you have one hour a week or one hour a month to donate, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Bullying Prevention Initiative

This initiative is a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie and Community Links. Through this initiative, staff from Community Links deliver programs that create awareness and education of Healthy Relationships and help children and youth increase their confidence and problem solving skills. Programs include: Beyond the Hurt, Bullying Basics, Girls/Guys Circle and Roots of Empathy. At present time these programs are all school based.

 

Family Respite Program

This program provides short term child care to parents/caregivers living in North Rocky View (Airdrie, Balzac, Beiseker, Crossfield, Irricana, Kathryn and the surrounding areas in the County of Rocky View). This program is for families with children ages 0 – 12 years who are experiencing a stressful situation and/or experiencing barriers such as a lack of social support, depression or family crisis.

 

Supplies 4 Success Program

This program ensures students in need in Airdrie and Area have what they require to succeed in school. Backpacks are distributed at the Community Links North Office (#105, 104 1st Ave), one week prior to the beginning of the new school year. Families need to provide proof of residency as well as identification for their child(ren).

This program is offered in partnership with Staples (Airdrie)

 

Community Development Services

  • Community Collaboration
  • Community Use of Space
  • Connection to Basic Needs
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Education / Awareness
  • Special Events
  • Toy/Resource Library
  • Workshops

 

Community Development Programs

  • Donations
  • Income Tax
  • Jacket Racket
  • Senior Transportation
  • Volunteer Bank
  • Volunteer Training