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Family Resource Networks (FRNs) deliver prevention and early intervention services and supports for children aged 0 - 18, through a provincial network of community-based service providers. Through a 'hub and spoke' model of service delivery, FRN hubs organize and coordinate services in their geographic areas and in various cultural communities. These services are provided either directly by a hub, through spoke services, or collaboratively with informal and formal community partners.
The Town of Canmore is provincially funded to offer Hub coordination, and Child Development and Caregiver Capacity Building spoke services. The spoke services provided through the Town of Canmore will offer Universal (open to everyone) and Targeted programming (open to those who need some additional support) for families with children 0-18 years. In addition to provincial funding, the Town of Canmore municipality funds the Social Connection Service, which will provide social programming for young families and youth in Canmore.
In the Bow Valley region, FRN funding is also granted to the Town of Banff, which services a combination of Caregiver Capacity Building, Parent Education, and Social Connection; and to Closer to Home (based out of Calgary), which services Intensive Child Development and Caregiver Capacity Building.
How does the Town of Canmore's Family Resource Network Support You?
Family Support Worker
The family support worker provides support to families across the Bow Valley with complex needs through group facilitation and individual consultations, in an office setting and through in-home supports. The family support worker is available to meet with families individually to address child development and parenting challenges, difficult life transitions, and to provide advocacy/assistance to access a variety of community services. This position provides support to families with children aged 0-18; however, there is a strong focus on families with children under 6 years of age.
Caregiver Capacity Builder
The caregiver capacity builder is responsible for educating and supporting Bow Valley families with children 0-18 years of age with a strong focus on 0-5. The caregiver capacity builder designs, delivers and collaborates with other community agencies across the Bow Valley to provide education opportunities to families. Support by the caregiver capacity builder is offered in a variety of settings and locations across the Bow Valley.
Hub Community Coordinator
The hub community coordinator is responsible for coordinating education opportunities for parents and caregivers based on identified and changing community needs for families with children 0-18 years. This position builds, promotes, and strengthens positive relationships with community stakeholders across the Bow Valley to ensure that gaps are identified and community needs are met.
Social Connections Specialist
The social connections specialist provides opportunities for families and children ages 0-18 to connect in a fun and welcoming environment. The social connections specialist creates programming based on identified needs and gaps in the Canmore community, and collaborates with various agencies to provide services.