Develop Your Vision
Creating a vision for a community hub involves bringing together the right mix of people to determine if there is a shared vision in your community for solving or supporting an identified community need.
Community visioning is the process of developing consensus about what future the community wants and needs, and then deciding what is necessary to achieve it. Often the visioning process begins with community members coming together to participate in a meeting at which the intent is to share information about the various visions for a community.
Many ideas are generated by community stakeholders when they are asked how their local service access, amenities and range of activities can be improved. So how do great ideas become a shared vision? Often led by a local champion or hero, a common vision for a community hub provides a focal point for diverse stakeholders to discuss common goals and outcomes.
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Supporting Collaboration and ‘Destiny Changing’ in Timiskaming
Community Hubs have been attracting political attention across the province as a way to improve access to a variety of “clustered” services. The South Temiskaming Community Hub Committee was formed to explore development of a model and strategy for a hub that would promote a vibrant and welcoming community and meet the needs of community and neighbouring residents regardless of age, cultural practices and backgrounds.
Templates & Tools
Developing Your Project Vision
Artscape’s online DIY Toolkit provides an introduction to the process of developing a project vision. It also includes templates and tools to evaluate the suitability of a potential undertaking for organizations to consider.
A Toolkit To Outline The Development Of The ‘Hub Model Of Integrated Services’ In Halton
Our Kids Network (2010)
The vision for Our Kids Network is ‘all children thrive’. The development of neighbourhood/school-based Hubs is one component of the work of the Our Kids Network. This Toolkit is an attempt to outline the many aspects involved in bringing the Hubs from a concept to a reality.
Financing and Funding
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
The OTF has adopted an Investment Strategy that includes six different action areas as well four granting streams.
Seed Grants are grants that support projects at the idea or conceptual stage.
Community foundations contribute time, leadership and financial support to local initiatives, helping people give back where their communities need it most. With an intimate knowledge of local priorities, community foundations champion what matters most by directing grants, expertise, leadership, and other investments towards everything from shelter, education, and care for those in need, to the arts, environment and recreation.
HC Link works with community groups, organizations, and partnerships to build healthy, vibrant communities across Ontario.
They offers customized consulting services to community groups, organizations, to support their work building intersectoral partnerships. To meet specific needs, the consultants work with groups to provide valuable resources, tools, problem-solving, advice and mentorship in a variety of areas including developing strategic plans, supporting community visioning, plan and facilitate workshops and meetings, create policy and evaluation plans.
HC Link’s consulting services are available in both English and French, funded by the Government of Ontario and are provided free of charge when possible.
identify members from Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
How to Conduct a Visioning Exercise
Originally developed collaboratively by the Ontario Health Promotion Resource Centres and updated in 2016 by Public Health Ontario, these modules are part of an online course called Collaboration and Partnerships for Healthy Communities.
Community Hub Initiative Principles
United Way Toronto & York Region (2009)
The Community Hub Initiative is a component of UWT’s Neighbourhood Strategy, aimed at creating community hubs in neighbourhoods where none currently exist. The Neighbourhood Strategy identifies eight (8) such neighbourhoods and the goal of the Community Hub Initiative is to create a new community hub in each of these neighbourhoods.