Connected Rural Communities
A connector and partner for people, families and communities to achieve health and well-being for all.
Be Well Community Assessment
Be Well Assessment used the Canadian Index of Well-being as a framework. Three partner agencies collected the Be Well data: Bluewater Community Family Health Team, Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre and North Lambton Community Health Centre. In addition to survey analysis, the agencies hosted 16 community conversations, which helped us to further understand the strengths, concerns and priorities of community members. These documents are summaries of the Be Well data. These documents include prompts to help community members and agencies reflect on the key findings and consider how we can work together to initiate community action related to well-being.
Priorities identified from Be Well Assessment include the following:
Access to resources for daily living:
• Affordable Housing
• Child Care
Access to health services
• Primary health care/health professionals
• Mental health and addictions
Access to groups and community activities for
• Health and well-being
• Social, leisure
• Youth, seniors
Connected Rural Communities Collaborative
Bringing people together from across sectors to improve sense of belonging and social inclusion among those living in the West Coast Shores area.
- A healthy, equitable, and inclusive community where every person has a positive sense of belonging, feels comfortable and has adequate connections
- Enhancements to local rural communities that improve connections, sense of belonging and inclusion, reduce social isolation, as well as improve mental health and happiness of community members
Social Inclusion is about…
- Access to basic needs, services and groups
- Active participation in the community and natural environment
- Being welcomed and embraced as a member who belongs
Collaborative members believe that the Connected Rural Communities vision can be achieved by ensuring:
- Connections among people through mentoring, volunteering and intergenerational contacts
- Connections to services, groups and activities such as health services, physical activities, as well as recreational, art, learning and leisure activities
- Connections by active and green transportation such as walking and cycling paths, healthy active design, car-pooling, rideshare, existing buses and new transit system
- Connections to safe, affordable housing
- Connections to the natural environment through trails, green space, gardens and stewardship opportunities
- GBACHC expansion
- Hensall Streetscape Committee
- Hubs: Grand Bend Wellness Hub, South Huron Hub/Recreation Centre, Grand Bend United Church Hub
- Huron Shores Transit Committee
- Lambton Shores Nature Trails and Bayfield River Valley Trails
- Poverty to Prosperity in Huron and Circles in Lambton
- New Outlook in Huron Park
- More to come…
Join the Well-being Movement
We are always looking to expand our partnerships. If your organization would like to join this effort, we want to connect with you.
Contact Miranda Burgess or Cindy Maxfield through Facebook.