United Way of Calgary and Area's 2012 research into helping lower income families achieve greater wellbeing.
In the spring of 2011, United Way of Calgary and Area released a research report highlighting the issues, challenges and opportunities that vulnerable youth in our city face as they transition to adulthood. One particularly important finding identified by the research was the importance of supportive family relationships in contributing to the
resiliency of youth during this transition period.
This finding, alongside the Signposts survey indicating the many concerns families in Calgary are experiencing, prompted the Poverty initiatives and Research team to focus their 2012 research efforts on better understanding how to achieve greater well being for families with lower incomes. The research question posed was around leveraging supports and strengths so that lower income families can achieve greater wellbeing.
The goals of the report are to:
- to identify strengths that can be leveraged so that families with lower incomes achieve greater wellbeing
- to identify specific actions that United Way and its partners in the community can take to leverage such strengths
Ways to get involved:
- Read the report- understand the issues and learn about ways we can help those living on lower incomes
- Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative – Calgary’s community engagement initiative www.enoughforall.ca
- 211 – free and full access directory service available to all Calgarians 24/7. Can help answer questions, locate potential resources/supports and even learn ways you can help etc. www.211alberta.ca/
- Calgary Social Voice – talk about the issues! Start some dialogue, join the conversation about the issue so people become aware that these issues do in fact exist and do affect our city www.calgarysocialvoice.ca
- Get involved in your community – often times you see families in communities not interact with one another – without this interaction how would anyone know what issues exist, let alone which families may need help and how as a community we can lend a helping hand
Read the Full Report
Read the Summary Report