Children, Youth, Young Adult and Family
West Carleton Community Needs Assessment

Dear community resident,

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) is undertaking a Community Needs Assessment for the West Carleton area.  Our concentration will be on children and youth, young adults and families. Following the completion of an asset mapping process and a comprehensive community needs assessment, WOCRC will advocate for a coordinated effort with stakeholders and community champions to increase the number of social services (drop-in programs, support groups, mental health counselling, recreation programs, prevention and education programs etc.) in West Carleton.

Why are we doing this?  We believe that children, youth, young adults and families can benefit by a concerted effort to collaborate and coordinate services that will assist in helping children and youth to reach their optimal potential.  As you may know or have experienced, West Carleton has few services within its community and residents are expected to travel into the urban centre for these services, which could be limited or have lengthy waitlists. There is an assumption that families can easily access community services when they need them. However, given that there is no public transportation from West Carleton to the urban center, this creates great barriers, such as having a reliable vehicle, travel time after work, child care, gas costs and so on.

This is a huge undertaking and we need the support of the community to assist in this process.  You can help by completing this online questionnaire that should take no longer than 10-15 minutes.

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary.  There is an option to “Prefer Not to Answer”.  Your decision on whether or not to participate in the survey will not affect the nature of the services you receive from the WOCRC.

Your individual responses are confidential. At the end of the survey, you are welcome to voluntarily enter your e-mail into a draw for the chance to win a $50.00 PC Grocery Gift Card. The e-mails collected will only be used for the purpose of the draw and not for any marketing, fundraising or other purposes and will not be shared with any other organizations. 

Additionally, if you are interested in providing more insight into this community needs assessment, we welcome you to connect with Colleen Taylor via e-mail taylora@wocrc.ca or call 613.591.3686 ext. 228 to schedule an in-person interview.

Kind regards,
Collleen Taylor (RECE) and Katherine Morin (Youth Capacity Developer) 

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