Cities Deepening Community

 

 

Cities Deepening Community is a collective impact movement aimed at strengthening neighbourhoods and ending social isolation in Canada.

Cities Deepening Community has been working with communities and organizations across Canada and internationally since 2016. We are building a vibrant network of communities that are committed to strengthening neighbourhoods and fostering positive community change through resident-led action.

We support communities to increase a sense of belonging, citizenship, resilience, and well-being while also fostering community security and strengthening local economies.  We do this by hosting community of practices, webinars, and events, producing publications that share our learnings and supporting our members with specialized coaching.

The CDC team is here to support you, learn more about members of the team; Heather Keam, Elle Richards, and Dan Ritchie. Feel free to connect with any of them.

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Latest Community Building Webinar From Deepening Communities

We have had over 16 months of “social distancing” and shutting down the vital components of what is at the heart of the community such as parks, trails, cafes, community centres, events, and social gatherings. The Pandemic response in Canada was swift and given the severity of the situation unprecedented. Though on a technical level we were able to isolate to reduce the spread of the virus, we failed to effectively consider the ramifications of the pandemic response with regard to the social condition of people. People that were lonely became lonelier. Communities that were disconnected became more disconnected. How can we reconnect our communities?

In this webinar, you will learn how a simple act of talking to people can lead to change. De'Amon’s will share his experience and stories about bring neighbours and institutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbour.

 

 

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If you want support to develop a community plan or neighbourhood strategy, reach out to Heather or Dan. 

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Guide: Building Your Case for a Neighbourhood Strategy

Cities are now developing neighbourhood strategies that help guide municipal staff, organizations, and residents to work together to build healthy vibrant neighbourhoods. This guide is for municipal staff or community groups interested in building the case for the development of a neighbourhood strategy.

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Guide: Community Engagement for Developing a Neighbourhood Strategy

If you are looking to build a neighbourhood strategy, this guide will provide you with tools and resources to assist you in engaging the community and, ultimately, developing a meaningful, actionable strategy.

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Guide: Asset-Based Community Development at a Glance

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) starts with people’s gifts and strengths (assets). These assets equip people to respond to local needs and challenges in their neighbourhoods. ABCD also considers how individual and group assets can be harnessed and connected to create positive changes within a community.

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Guide: Five Steps for Building Strong and Sustainable Groups

Building a successful group takes time, resources, relationships and trust. In this guide, you will find five steps and associated resources to help build groups that will work together to make change in your community.

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Blogs:

Four Stories that Build Community Resilience Using Social Capital

As COVID-19 cases start to go down, mass vaccinations are happening and communities are starting to think about the future and open, up we find ourselves at a crossroad. COVID has affected our jobs and families, shut down...

Stonegate Community Centre’s Approach to Build Social Capital

There is a saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know”. This is what is known as social capital, or the value of our social networks and connections in a community. Without social capital, people often experience a...

Building the Case for Innovative Municipalities to Reconnect with Community

In this blog post, Dan Ritchie discusses the value of breaking out of silo thinking when it comes to municipalities partnering with communities.

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Publications:

FIELD NOTE | Innovative Approaches to Reconnecting Through Community Conversations: Fishbowl

In recent years, shifting to a virtual community engagement environment has moved from being a mere option to being a necessity.To address this change, the Cities Deepening Community team led a bi-weekly community of...

FIELD NOTE | Innovative Approaches to Reconnecting Through Community Conversations: Deliberative Dialogue

In recent years, shifting to a virtual community engagement environment has moved from being a mere option to being a necessity.To address this change, the Cities Deepening Community team led a bi-weekly community of...

FIELD NOTE | Innovative Approaches to Reconnecting Through Community Conversations: Conversation Café

In recent years, shifting to a virtual community engagement environment has moved from being a mere option to being a necessity.To address this change, the Cities Deepening Community team led a bi-weekly community of...

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Webinars:

WEBINAR | Socially Connected Communities

Social isolation rates were soaring across the world even before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the gathering places that brought us together. However, the rise of social isolation is not a personal choice or individual...

WEBINAR | Monitoring Happiness and Community Well-Being

On July 7th, Tamarack's Cities Deepening Community Team was joined by Oksana Kishchuk and Richard Jenkins to explore the concept of happiness in relation to how it affects community well-being, and the dimensions of...

WEBINAR | Democracy - A New Idea For Government to Do 'With' Not 'For'

In this webinar, John McKnight and David Mathews explored why there is a loss of faith in governing institutions, why doing 'with' not 'for' can work and examples of how it has worked and what can citizens do to be producers...

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