Welcome Celebration

May 27 2016

Welcome Celebration 2016We are inviting the community to join us Wednesday June 1, 6:30 pm for a community and family drum circle. Sing along and join a round dance with aboriginal teachings to welcome everyone to our new location and to celebrate our partnership with Trinity United Church and to acknowledge the traditional lands we are on in much of Waterloo Region.

Heatwaves Project Seeking Participants

May 20 2016

'Reducing Social Vulnerability for Extreme-Heat Events in Older Adults' research project is looking for participants. Please share the information about the current survey in your network and help us recruit 300 participants who are 60 years of age or older. The study involves completing a brief questionnaire either online, in person, or over the phone. The questionnaire should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $10 gift card for Tim Hortons to compensate for time and any participation expenses.

May E-Neighbour is Here!

May 1 2016

Start planning for this summer's neighbourhood fun. Meet more neighbours for one of many Jane's Walk this weekend and begin making big and small plans for gatherings outdoors in the sun. Read more about the tips and tools we have for you and get in touch if you need some help setting up your first neighbourhood activity! 

We Are Moving Downtown

Apr 28 2016

Trinity United Church Our Centre reopened at 74 Frederick Street on Monday May 9th. During the transition you can still reach us by phone at community HelpLine 519-579-3800 and our administration line 519-579-1096. We will be responding to emails as well at info@waterlooregion.org. We look forward to continue to serve the community at our new location and our Walk-in hours will be posted as soon as the sidewalk construction work in front of the church is completed.

VisitAble Housing Forum Report

Apr 7 2016

The forum we hosted on VisitAble Housing was attended by planners, builders, realtors, elected officials, advocates and consumers. All supported the concept and agree that everyone would benefit from this thoughtful and inclusive design. Explore and learn more about this concept that holds a promise to improve lives of many - view the videos of the presentations and accompanying slides. We posted a brief report from the afternoon workshop and would like to hear from you as well. 

Income Support Programs that Truly Work

Mar 17 2016

On Wednesday March 16, 2016, I was interviewed by CBC K-W regarding the basic guaranteed income. Before and after the interview there have been brief news items that report I am not in support of basic guaranteed income. At no time did I say that a guaranteed income was a bad idea. I did say it was a good direction to go with much still to be worked out. People who have only heard these brief items have been understandably critical. I have written the summary below which presents the main points I made. Trudy Beaulne, Executive Director, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region

VisitAble Housing Forum March 23rd

Mar 8 2016

Visitable Housing Forum 2016VisitAble Housing: From Concept to Reality - Join the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region and the Kitchener-Waterloo VisitAble Housing Task Force in a panel presentation and/or breakaway group discussion on VisitAble housing as necessary to an inclusive community.

March E-Neighbour Tips and Tools

Mar 5 2016

FON Card 2016Kitchener's Festival of Neighbourhoods is getting into its Spring look and feel. March E-Neighbour brings you more tips and resources for the launch of the Spring season of FUN neighbourhood activities! Be a part of a fantastic community conversation during the Neighbourhood Strategy Kick-off Event on April 26th and replenish your pool of ideas and tools to bring the neighbours together.

Be a Peer Coach - Older Adults and Technology

Jan 22 2016

older adults and technologyDid you enjoy using technology in 2015? Have you been helping friends, family members, and others around you use computers or mobile devices? If you are 55+ and interested in helping others learn skills to access information, join us in a peer-coach training this February and March. You can help many older adults get more information and assistance. Get in touch with Aleksandra at 519-579-1096/*3009 or ConnectKW@waterlooregion.org.

Let's Have FUN! January E-Neighbour is Here!

Jan 20 2016

January 2016 E-Neighbour

This year’s Festival of Neighbourhood’s theme puts FUN at the centre of neighbourhood gatherings! Read our January E-Neighbour and learn more about organizing your activities so everyone has fun. Even you! The upcoming Early Bird Draw will be held at the end of January - we already have 22 registrations to draw from. Make sure you keep on registering your activities early and often!