In 2004, leaders from 25 organizations in Grey and Bruce signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Grey Bruce Children’s Alliance.
The creation of the Alliance was an important milestone in our continuing efforts to improve the physical health, nutrition, safety, emotional well-being, education and optimal development of all children and youth in Grey and Bruce Counties.
Our intent is to provide the glue to connect the variety of service provider organizations in our two Counties so that collectively we can offer a more seamless, integrated system of supports to young people and their families.
Advocating on behalf of our rural communities has meant seeking equity of services in communities with small numbers of people. Transportation, poverty and distance to services are key considerations that remain at the forefront of planning advocacy.
The Alliance has actively engaged the Ontario government to be part of the planning process of programs such as Preschool Speech and Language, Rural Child Care, Child Welfare Transformation, CWT Parenting Capacity Initiative, Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, Special Needs Strategy and Local Child & Youth Mental Health Community Planning.
In 2010, we completed a 2 year project on Child, Youth and Family Health and Wellbeing that surveyed agencies, parents and the community. The work laid the foundation for measuring and planning for children’s health in Grey Bruce with the release of Measuring and Planning for Child Health Report in 2008 and A Profile of Child, Youth and Family Health in Grey and Bruce Counties: A Technical Report 2010.
Link or button to featured directories – Grey Bruce Children & Youth Services & Resources Search for Grey Bruce Services & Resources for all children, youth and families in Grey Bruce, including Indigenous families. https://gbca.cioc.ca/
In 2014, the Alliance identified the need to access vital local rural data and information to better inform our work. The Alliance initiated the creation of the Bruce Grey Data and Information Sharing Collaborative (BGDISC.ca) BGDISC is a collective of not-for-profit, social service, government, health and education organizations which includes Alliance and Healthy Communities Partnership members.
Link or button to featured data portal – https://bgdisc.ca See the BGDISC Open Data Portal to access local rural data and information impacting our local communities.
Working together to improve the lives of children living in poverty, the Alliance has supported a “community of practice” in a ‘Bridges Out of Poverty’© approach. Since 2008, the Alliance has facilitated the certification of trainers across more than 25 agencies and held Annual Poverty Forums to engage all sectors – social services, education, business, health, policy makers and poverty advocates – to apply the Bridges approach in Grey Bruce.
We have supported people with lived experience to graduate from the Getting Ahead program and to be advocates in our community.
In partnership with the United Way of Bruce Grey the Alliance supports the Coordination of the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force. The Poverty Task
Force consists of over 52+ social agencies, research institutions and community members.
Link or button to Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force – povertytaskforce.ca
Link or button to Poverty Related Grey Bruce Resources https://povertytaskforce.com/publications/