IN NELSON EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE SUPPORT THEY NEED
How can we, as a community, make services accessible to every person?
HERE IS HOW NELSON’S SERVICES ADD UP
Visits to the women’s centre drop-in in 2013
Affordable housing beds in the city
Visits to the food bank in 2014
Of people have a strong or very strong sense of community belonging
ISSUES AROUND SERVICE
There are a lot of people and organisations in Nelson that are working hard to provide the necessary support and services in our community. From the Food Cupboard to the Women’s Centre, ANKORS to Community Acupuncture, this reflects the strong community in which we live. How ever, there is a lack of awareness and knowledge about what support is available, and this information gap is preventing people accessing the assistance they need.
Our challenge as a city is how to work together and cooperate as individuals and organizations to provide the best support network possible, and make these services accessible and available to those most in need.
Every year, the Nelson Committee on Homelessness organizes a Community Connect day. Aiming both to link people with ongoing support, as well as providing an abundance of free services and opportunities on the day, the Community Connect day offers over 20 booths including free haircuts, dental check-ups and hearing screening. Drawing on volunteers and resources across the community, the day also offers a free lunch, kids activities and services such as massage and acupuncture.
Providing a vital link to help people access services, this day shows a community approaching to helping those in need in our city.