About Ryley FCSS

Ryley has embarked on the journey to develop its own FCSS program. A program designed especially for our unique community. So, what exactly is FCSS and what does that mean for us? 

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation. The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that when individuals, families and communities help themselves, it contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth, and independence. Local municipalities design, deliver and provide referral to social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among the residents in their community. 

Programs developed are intended to help improve the quality of life and build strength and capacity to prevent and/or deal with difficult situations should they arise. One of the key principles of the FCSS Program is local responsibility for priority setting and resource allocation with a focus on preventative services.  

The municipality of Ryley is developing a local FCSS program to address the unique needs of its residents and those in the surrounding area. The program will support the well-being and resiliency of the community providing information, education and programs that provide preventative services. By coordinating, networking, and partnering with local service agencies, businesses, community members, together with regional FCSS organizations and partners, Ryley FCSS will endeavor to help strengthen our community while providing tools and resources to address social needs.

Looking ahead, some of the areas of focus will be: 

  1. Preventative social programs, where people gain new skills and knowledge that will create a community that is resilient to crisis. 

  2. Resilient communities work together to prevent social problems and provide opportunities for children, youth, families, adults and seniors to fully participate in the community.  

  3. Strong partnerships that will bring people and agencies together, working in collaboration, to meet the needs of our communities. 

  4. Volunteers make social programs and resilient communities possible by giving their time and expertise to others while developing strong relationships and learning new skills.