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Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan

Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan

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The Community Safety and Wellbeing (CSWB) Plan 

The Community Safety and Wellbeing (CSWB) Plan for York Region will help build strong, caring and safe communities for all residents. The CWSB Plan is being developed in consultation with residents, community organizations, local municipalities, York Regional Police and other stakeholders. 

Strategies are being developed to support residents and agencies to make positive changes in the Central Newmarket and South-Central Richmond Hill area that focuses on mental well-being and housing stability. The initiative is being led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) and funded by the Regional Municipality of York and the United Way Greater Toronto. 


By establishing a Plan for York Region, we can:

  • Enhance collaboration and partnership with local municipalities, community agencies and residents.
  • Support community development and resource mobilization in areas of highest opportunity in York Region.
Our goal is to achieve a community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.

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Learn more about York Region's Strategy
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Quick Action Grants

We provide grants to fund quick-action projects and improve the safety and wellbeing of the local community. Applications will be accepted for projects and events to improve mental wellbeing and housing stability.

We are awarding ten $1,000 grants for resident groups and two $10,000 grants for organizations to implement a project that supports safety and wellbeing, or housing stability in Central Newmarket or South Central Richmond Hill.

For any questions regarding the grants, application process or for support in completing the application, please contact:

Deadlines

  • Resident – Led Quick Action Grant: Ongoing
  • Agency – Led Quick Action Grant: CLOSED (Applicants will be informed by June 1st)
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Examples for resident led initiatives are:

  • a community BBQ
  • workshops about tenant issues or wellness
  • clothing swap event
  • local soccer tournament
  • social/buddy benches
  • a community mural

Examples for agency led initiatives are:

  • a buddy program for newcomers
  • community art activities
  • volunteer-based financial literacy program
  • a roommate connector program
  • outdoor seasonal skating rink
  • transportation routes to access essential needs (e.g. food bank)

Community Ambassadors Wanted

We are looking for community leaders in the Central Newmarket and South-Central Richmond Hill areas to support us in making positive changes in our community. Activities include leading committee meetings, creating opportunities for residents to come together and helping implement community led projects and initiatives. 

Community Ambassadors receive payment for their time and gain valuable work and leadership experience. Time commitment is approximately 3-5 hours per month from February 2022 to February 2023.

If you are 16+ years old, a resident of Central Newmarket or South-Central Richmond Hill, and are interested in this role, please email Shauna at sEisen@cmha-yr.on.ca.

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Community Action Table (CAT)

Community Action Table (CAT) is a collaborative planning table, created to address unique local issues and identify solutions for each targeted geographic locations. The CATs will be comprised of a broad spectrum of stakeholders and partners, including community agencies, service providers, local municipalities, residents, school boards, faith-based groups and York Regional Police.

For general inquiries or to learn more about getting involved with the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, please contact Shauna Eisen at seisen@cmha-yr.on.ca

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