What is FCSS?
Westlock & District F.C.S.S. provides a wide range of services designed to promote individual, family and community wellness. F.C.S.S. is a partnership between the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and the Village of Clyde.
The F.C.S.S. office is open for questions about programs, in-person registration, and referrals to other social agencies and programs throughout the community on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Our community experiences an enhanced quality of life.
Westlock and District F.C.S.S. provides preventative services and supports initiatives; helping individuals, strengthen community resiliency while valuing personal uniqueness.
Home Alone & Babysitting Course
Westlock & District FCSS facilitates the Home Alone and Babysitting Course for youth residing in the Westlock Region (Town of Westlock, Westlock County, and Village of Clyde). If no courses are listed, call 780-349-5900 to inquire about upcoming course offerings.
Upcoming Babysitting Course
Westlock & District FCSS Youth Collective is a weekly youth group focused on community development, volunteerism, and leadership.
Junior High: Thursdays from 3:30- 5:00 p.m. Drop-in, free program
Senior High: Thursdays from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. This program is for youth who wish to attend on a consistent basis to earn high school credit through the Work Experience program.
Call Westlock & District FCSS for more information.
Youth Support Group
Westlock & District FCSS has partnered with NewLeaf Counselling Services to offer a five-session, youth support group focused on bullying, mental health, and self-care. This program will take place bi-weekly on Wednesday nights from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. from October 5, 2022 to November 30, 2022. This program is offered at no-cost and available to youth aged 11 to 16. Pre-registration is required.
Teen Nights at Westlock Aquatic Centre
Westlock & District FCSS partners with the Westlock Aquatic Centre to host a monthly teen night for youth between the ages of 12-18 years old residing in the Westlock Region (Town of Westlock, Westlock County, and Village of Clyde). These teen nights consist of an educational component, typically provided by a community agency, followed by an activity. Admission for teen night costs $2.
Online pre-registration required. Registration opens the Monday of the week before each teen night. Registration can be accessed on the Town of Westlock under "Register for Programs", then click "Aquatic Programming".
Upcoming Teen Night
Seniors Coffee Time
Coffee, light refreshment and great conversation starting September 7, 2021.
WHEN: every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Westlock & District FCSS office, Heritage Building, 10007-100 Avenue
We assist in completing Provincial and Federal Income Support Program forms.
For information on Alberta Seniors Benefits visit www.alberta.ca/alberta-seniors-benefit.aspx
Services are available to assist with routine housekeeping duties for clients with disabilities, elderly, chronically ill or suffering from short term illness.
Excursions are coordinated for residents to interact and enjoy nearby destinations.
Tools for School
Tools for School is a income-tested program that provides school supplies to families in need of assistance. This program is available for residents of the Town of Westlock, County of Westlock or Village of Clyde with school-aged children.
Caring for Kids
With generous community donations, F.C.S.S. coordinates the payment of emergent /extraordinary expenses for kids and families.
Coats for Kids/Families
Winter clothing donations for all ages are accepted and are available to community residents in need.
Family School Liaison
In partnership with Pembina Hills Regional Division, F.S.L. workers are in the schools to provide supportive counselling to children and their families experiencing difficulties either at home or in school.
Westlock & District F.C.S.S. partners with several agencies and groups on various projects and special events:
- Seniors Conference
- Women’s Conference
- Light-Up parade
- F.A.S.D. Committee
- Voices for Westlock & District Seniors
- Westlock & District Foodbank
- Family Day
- Seniors Week
Support for Non-Profits
Local nonprofit organizations can access supports for:
- Board Training
- Bylaw & Policy reviews
- Grant Writing
Interested individuals are always welcome to volunteer with a variety of our programs and services. Let us know if you are interested in getting involved!
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
Volunteers assist low income individuals, families and seniors with completing basic tax returns at no charge. This national program includes training for volunteers to provide this service.
Meals on Wheels
In partnership with Pembina Lodge, volunteers deliver nutritional meals to seniors/disabled residents who are unable to provide adequate meals for themselves.
Volunteers assist senior participants as the enjoy outings to nearby destinations.
Volunteer drivers provide transportation to others for medical appointments in the City of Edmonton, City of St. Albert and the Town of Barrhead.
Voices for Westlock & District Seniors
Join the Committee to collaborate and promote senior friendly communities.
Christmas Spirit (formerly Santa’s Anonymous)
Volunteers assist in gathering and selecting gifts for program participants.
Snow Angels is a volunteer-based program that assists seniors and individuals with limited mobility with snow clearing at their residences.
Local Emergency Response
Volunteers are needed to assist in the coordination of needs for evacuees using the services of a Reception Centre. Duties can include:
- registering evacuees
- arranging for clothing, food or accommodations
- assisting with medical needs
- helping with pet care
- acting as a greeter
- providing facility security
F.C.S.S. organizes or supports several community events. Volunteers can help in many ways:
- Light Up Parade – volunteers help to assemble and distribute treat bags
- Senior’s Conference
- Family Day
- Women’s Conference
WESTLOCK & DISTRICT F.C.S.S. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT PROGRAM APPLICATION
Westlock & District F.C.S.S. is coordinating the Christmas Spirit Program (formerly knowns as Santa's Anonymous Campaign) for local residents in the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and Village of Clyde. Families and individuals, with qualifying income levels will be considered for this program.
To be eligible for this program:
- The Christmas Spirit Program Application HAS NOW CLOSED!
- Prior Year Tax Notice Assessment must be provided, reflecting income status
- Families and individuals will be considered eligible by a referring agency using information including, but not limited to, financial need, family size, etc
Food vouchers and gifts are ONLY for permanent residents; visiting grandchildren/children or other guests do not apply.
Applicants providing false information or are receiving assistance from another agency will be permanently taken off the program list.
Applicants will be contacted by phone to advise if approved and when and where pick up will occur.
Christmas Spirit Program (formerly Santa's Anonymous)
Westlock & District F.C.S.S., in partnership with local business, agencies and residents, is again coordinating the Christmas Spirit Program for local residents in the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and Village of Clyde. Every year the goal is to run the campaign as a cost-recovery program.
Families and individuals, with qualifying income levels, will be considered to receive food vouchers and gifts.
Local community businesses, agencies and residents have been very supportive of this program in prior years and are invited to join in the program to support local families.
How can you participate?
- Collect financial donations
- Collect gift donations
- Sponsor a family through the Adopt-A-Family Program
- Volunteer, help collect and prepare items for distribution
For further information, please contact the Westlock & District F.C.S.S. Office at 780-349-5900.
This program matches sponsors with registered families in need. For more information, contact the Westlock & District F.C.S.S. Office at 780-349-5900.