The Vital Signs team has been busy over the last couple of months holding preliminary conversations around the model and topic for our Community Conversation series. One of the biggest findings from the 2010 Vital Signs report is how a strong sense of belonging contributes to people’s quality of life. Building on this information, we are interested in exploring what communities are doing well to encourage and support social connections, and where there are opportunities for improvement.
Using small table discussion groups, residents will have the chance to contribute to conversations on Vital Signs issue areas as they relate to belonging. Where are the opportunities for seniors to pass along their skills and knowledge to younger generations? What is possible to further encourage children and youth to participate in sports and outdoor recreation? Where are the spaces for neighbours to gather at street parties, community gardens and cultural celebrations?
The Community Conversation Series will launch in the spring of 2011. We look forward to hearing from metro Vancouver residents and deepening our understanding of what contributes to healthy, happy communities.
Locations and dates will be announced shortly.
*Written by Trina Prior, Manager, Vital Signs Team