Social roadmap rolls out

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December 11, 2014 9:00 AM

Lloydminster has a new roadmap to help current and new residents around the Border City.

Patrick Lancaster, general manager of cultural/social services in Lloydminster said that the new Social Services Roadmap will assist individuals in navigating through the social service resources available in the community.

“We are anticipating many people to use the booklet, primary people who are looking for resources and supports within the community,” said Lancaster.

“We know that a lot of the community partners and people who are using the programs will be using the document as well.”

A year in the making, Lancaster said the idea of the roadmap came after community groups and individuals came to him looking for certain resources in the community.

“It started in 2013, with conversations with our community partners, and we had input from community groups and members of the community looking for certain resources,” said Lancaster.

“After getting those questions again and again, we determined that the best course of action would be to produce a document ... that people could get those resources in the community.”

He added that there was no shortage of resources that went into the roadmap, even with some potential resources being left out.

“After securing funding through the family and community supports program, these funds paid for the distribution and printing of the guides.”

Input into the guide came from the advisory group and a special program group that was put together through different organizations around the community.

Lancaster said that with any print media, mistakes are bound to happen.

“As soon as something is printed, there will be items that will have to be corrected or updated,” he said.

“As the information comes into us, we will do our best to do some updates.”

While Lancaster admitted that the updates won’t mean a complete re-print, they will show up quickly on the website for the Social Services Roadmap.

The document is available online at www.lloydminster.ca/fcss.

Asked what a positive outcome for the booklet would be for him, Lancaster said it would be positive feedback from the booklet by those who use it.

“Already we are hearing from staff who have utilized the document,” he said, adding that even the day of the roll out the booklet has already helped out some within the community.

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