DC MOVES - December 2016 Newsletter

DC MOVES Forum - January 23, 2017
Please join us for our first Forum of 2017, where we will continue to further enhance partnerships amongst the participating agencies of DC MOVES.  The County of Dufferin and Headwaters Communities in Action will be facilitating this gathering which will focus on the three pillars of DC MOVES, which include:
  1. Community Well-Being - The well-being of a community can look different to different people and organizations.  Together, DC MOVES members will define the common goals and needs regarding the well-being of the community within Dufferin County.
  2. Poverty Reduction - Finding the needs within the community to approach the reduction of poverty and formulating action plans moving forward.  This will be supported with information and findings from the Dufferin Poverty Task Force.
  3. Resource Sharing - The sharing of resources, back office supports, volunteers, etc. across organizations.  By coordinating the sharing of resources, training and professional development, agencies can enhance and support services. As a shared and well communicated priority Training and Professional Development has been identified as a key priority by many.  This subgroup will focus on developing and coordinating training and professional development relevant to topics that have been identified as important by our community organizations. Community Foundations - Organizing an infrastructure to collaborate on grants, pool donations (private and public), for the purpose of supporting social improvement in the community is work that is currently under way.  This too has been identified as a key priority and those interested in being involved with this work can share their interest as well.
Community Resources

As you may be aware, the Dufferin Family Directory website, a directory of services in Dufferin developed and maintained by Dufferin Coalition for Kids, has been redesigned and renamed My DUFFERIN (www.mydufferin.ca). The new website is more modern and user friendly, and includes search functionality and other new features to improve the ability to find services in the County. It is a great resource for the residents of Dufferin and a helpful tool for DC MOVES members.
The website launched on December 1, 2016. Please help to get the word out there through posting a link to the website on your agency website, if possible, and through advertising in any newsletters or networks you may have.  
If you see any changes required to the website, please contact Jane Hall at jahall@dufferincounty.ca .
Provincial Updates

The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) provides a bi-weekly newsletter that provides an update on many of the provinces initiative. The following link will take you to many of the provincial updates specific to human services in Ontario. 

Program Updates

2016 has provided human services agencies throughout Dufferin County the opportunity to come together and work collaboratively through the DC MOVES initiative.  We have started to cement the direction and focus of the collective, and are well on our way to creating a "Made in Dufferin" mindset surrounding the way we deliver services and/or supports to our community members.  Based on the achievements already made throughout this current year, the DC MOVES Leadership Table anticipates that this momentum will continue into 2017 and beyond. 
Wishing you and your families the very best during the holiday season,
DC MOVES Leadership Table