FCSS provides many workshops, programs and events throughout the year. Many of these are on a one time basis and others are provided each year. We also partner with a variety of groups and agencies assisting with planning, coordinating and funding.
Vulcan and Regional FCSS has an external funding program that assists other non-profit groups, agencies and organizations that offer preventative social services within Vulcan County. Applications are available at the FCSS office. Completed applications should be returned to the FCSS office by Oct. 15.
- Reception/Food Bank: Brenda English at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director: Carrol Thomson at email@example.com
- Senior Supports: Claire Kuchel-Klassen firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community Liaison: Wendy Theodore @ email@example.com
- Youth & Community Program Coordinator: Roxanne Lambert @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Youth Centre Assistant: Sandy Heldt @ email@example.com
- Lori Branden: firstname.lastname@example.org
** Please note that the Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society is run separately from the Vulcan and Region FCSS Office**
FCSS is heavily involved in the community with ongoing special events, workshops, programs and participation in many community events.
The Good Morning Community Newsletter is published every Thursday. The newsletter provides information on various community activities and events.
For ages 10 – 18 ( if still in school )
HOURS Mondays and Wednesdays 4 – 8 pm Fridays 2 – 8 pm Closed on Holidays
This program provides light housekeeping to seniors in Vulcan County, with our goal being to help them stay in their home longer. We tailor our program to the individual as much as we can to meet the ever changing needs of our clients.
Claire Kuchel-Klassen is our Senior Support worker at the Vulcan and Region FCSS. She is available 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday, from 9 am to 3 pm. Assistance is available for filling out government forms such as Old Age Security, CPP, Alberta Seniors Benefits and other senior programs. As an advocate to seniors, the Senior Support Worker can help with letter writing, retirement questions and education.
What is FCSS?
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation.
The Regulation sets out the service requirements that a municipality or Métis Settlement must meet to be eligible for funding. Section 2.1(1)(a) of the FCSS Regulation states: “Services under a program must be of a preventive nature that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.” Section 2.1(2)(b) states: “Services under a program must do one or more of the following:
- help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;
- help people to develop an awareness of social needs;
- help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;
- help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them;
- provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.”
At the local level, a municipality or Métis Settlement Council chooses whether to establish an FCSS Program and enters into an agreement with the Government of Alberta to jointly fund projects/services. These projects/services depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.
The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. Programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.
One of the key principles of the FCSS Program is local responsibility for priority setting and resource allocation. Within the parameters of the FCSS Act and Regulation, each municipality or Métis Settlement determines how the FCSS funding they receive should be allocated to best meet the needs of their community. Local FCSS Programs are part of the larger provincial Program that collectively helps to ensure that Albertans have access to a strong network of prevention supports.
The Vulcan & Region FCSS is a partnership between the Province of Alberta, the Town of Vulcan, Vulcan County, the Village of Champion, the Village of Lomond, and the Village of Carmangay. FCSS encourages and focuses on the development of locally driven early prevention of programs to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and the community.
Communities in our region:
- County of Vulcan
- Town of Vulcan
The Vulcan and Region FCSS partners with our member villages of Carmangay, Champion and Lomond for programs, activities and events.
Other current partnerships include:
- Alberta Health Services
- Alberta Senior Assistance Program
- Carol Seaman Rise & Shine Services Ltd.
- County Municipal libraries
- County of Vulcan
- County Service clubs
- Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society
- Palliser School District
- Parent Link Centre
- Rainbow Literacy Society
- Rowan House Emergency Centre
- Service Alberta
- John Ambulance, Lethbridge
- Town of Vulcan
- Village of Carmangay
- Village of Champion
- Village of Lomond
- Vulcan Business Development Society
- Vulcan County Adult Learning
- Vulcan County Early Childhood Development Coalition
- Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation
- Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society
- Welcome Wagon
- Wheat Country Special Needs