The Connected Rural Communities Collaborative (CRCC) wants to help improve peoples’ sense of belonging. The CRCC is a group of people and organizations who are working together to improve social connections and reduce social isolation in our region. The region includes the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex, and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.

Local data collected in the “Be Well Survey” showed about one in four people experiences social isolation in this region.  Social isolation is linked to many negative health outcomes.

Community-member insights will help develop strategies that will build a sense of belonging and inclusion in our communities.  The CRCC wants to know more about activities and opportunities related to leisure, the natural environment, social connections, health, wellness, housing, transportation, work, and income.

Everyone matters! The CRCC wants to learn more about the following:

  • Do you feel a sense of belonging?
  • Do you feel included and connected in your community?
  • What activities, programs and services would be most useful to you and others?
  • What barriers prevent you from feeling included?
  • What gets in the way of your participation?

A survey is available, online and in print, to respond to these questions. Click Here to access the online survey. For a printed survey, please call Matthew at 519-262-3459 x213. All those who complete a survey can enter a draw for one of ten $25 grocery gift cards. Community members are also welcome to participate in a more in-depth interview, which includes payment for the respondent’s time.

The survey and the interviews are only the beginning – there are more ways participate in the project, which is funded through an Ontario Trillium Fund Seed Grant. Visit https://gbachc.ca/connected-rural-communities/ to join or learn more about the Connected Rural Communities Collective, take a survey or book an interview.

 The future is inclusive.  Are you in?

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