Chair: Jamille Clarke-Darshanand
Co-Chair: John Stapleton
Social development is a key aspect of enhancing the well-being of Scarborough residents. Dedicated service providers and community agencies from all sectors provide valuable programming to Scarborough residents with different backgrounds and needs. However, there are still many challenges that face our community.
Eight Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) are located in Scarborough, designated by the City of Toronto as falling behind on several indicators of well-being. Inner suburbs, like Scarborough, are experiencing increased food bank usage and decreasing average incomes compared to the central parts of Toronto. There is still much to do to ensure that all Scarborough residents, especially those facing barriers, can build their social capital and achieve their full potential. SCRO believes that it can support the great work of existing social service providers and anchor institutions.
SCRO also recognizes that at the community level, organizations are increasingly involved in emphasizing the importance of community-based health care programming, and the importance of creating linkages between the community and the health care system, to ensure an integrated and holistic approach. Numerous organizations are involved in community-based health care initiatives, and intention and attention should be brought to the level of integration and collaboration between the large health care systems in place and health care programming at the community level. This could be achieved in part through increased awareness raising and information sharing campaigns.
The objectives of the SCRO Social Development and Health Committee are to:
- Create a forum to bring together social development and health agencies in Scarborough. By connecting Scarborough agencies, we can identify resources and learning opportunities, build new relationships and partnerships, develop a network of community support and promote poverty reduction programs.
- Promote the great agencies focused on equity, diversity and social well-being in Scarborough. In our newsletter, we feature stories about the great work being done by Scarborough agencies. We need to celebrate their successes!
- Improve awareness and education on community health care & advocate for renewal of Scarborough health infrastructure. The Scarborough Renewal Campaign identified the need to advocate for investment in Scarborough hospitals, and our committee will seek opportunities to do this. We also want to find ways to promote better collaboration between large health care systems and community-based health care programming.