New Name, Fresh Look and Same Commitment!

We are excited to announce our new name: Social Development Centre Waterloo Region. Having been known for so long by two names, the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo and the Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region, we have long wanted to make a change.

After many years of thoughtful discussion and much consultation, we have arrived at a name that says it all. First, the new name showcases our primary focus on the social development of our local community. Secondly the name reflects the integration of community information and social planning, something we have worked to achieve for many years.

Be a Peer Coach - Older Adults and Technology

Jan 22 2016

older adults and technologyDid you enjoy using technology in 2015? Have you been helping friends, family members, and others around you use computers or mobile devices? If you are 55+ and interested in helping others learn skills to access information, join us in a peer-coach training this February and March. You can help many older adults get more information and assistance. Get in touch with Aleksandra at 519-579-1096/*3009 or ConnectKW@waterlooregion.org.

Let's Have FUN! January E-Neighbour is Here!

Jan 20 2016

January 2016 E-Neighbour

This year’s Festival of Neighbourhood’s theme puts FUN at the centre of neighbourhood gatherings! Read our January E-Neighbour and learn more about organizing your activities so everyone has fun. Even you! The upcoming Early Bird Draw will be held at the end of January - we already have 22 registrations to draw from. Make sure you keep on registering your activities early and often!

We Can Help with Electricity Bill Relief

Jan 18 2016

Electricity Bill Relief We are a local agent to assist with applications to get help to cover the cost of electricity for low income families. Our intake workers can answer your questions, check your eligibility and help you fill out the application. To make an appointment call our community HelpLine 519-579-3800 or come to the 3rd floor at 151 Frederick St, Kitchener.

Disabilities & Human Rights Group Meeting Postponed

Jan 12 2016

The Disabilities and Human Rights Group meeting is postponed due to weather conditins slowing down the public transit. We wil be meeting on Wednesday, January 20th 1:30 - 3:30 pm 1st Floor Board Room 151 Frederick St., Kitchener

Agenda Topics: 2015 project next steps and how will we be affected if we lose Community Information Centre?

Kitchener De-Funds Local Community Information Services

Dec 17 2015

City of Kitchener Appeal Presentation 2015When we submitted our 2016 annual Tier 1 community grant application to the City of Kitchener we asked for the renewal of our community information services funding and additional support for the organization of community forums. The Community Infrastructure & Services Standing Committee accepted a City Staff recommendation to phase out of our grant for community information services. Funds would be maintained to support our involvement in the Festival of Neighbourhoods. Read more and review the appeal presentation submitted at the Council Meeting on December 14th 2015. The support letters were submitted as well and we are making available the transcript of the delegations at the Council meeting in favour of the unique value our community services bring to Kitchener. 

Support our Community Information Services

Dec 10 2015

We need your support to maintain the annual grant for the core community information services from the City of Kitchener. 

On Monday evening at 7 pm, December 14, Kitchener City Council will be meeting to decide City budget items for the coming year. As part of that meeting, they will be voting on a motion to cut our core grant for community information service support in 2016 and eliminate it entirely in 2017, based on the recommendation made by city staff stating that:

"The Corporation of the City of Kitchener (City staff) is able to satisfy our community information needs through a variety of avenues, including the Region's new database. ... Beyond the Corporation of the City of Kitchener, members of the community have a variety of ways they can access community information and that the accessibility of information has dramatically improved, including those who might be marginalized."

We appealed this recommendation at the Committee level last Monday, and lost, and have one last chance to have this motion defeated before the City Council on December 14th.

Social Development Award Winners 2015

Dec 9 2015

Social Development Award Winners 2015We present to you the winners of the Social Development Awards 2015, our precious partners and collaborators on a range of projects and deep-rooted community initiatives. By getting to know the people we work with, you will learn about important project in our community and about our continuous commitment to social development through education, information, engagement and research. Follow the links and learn about the good-doers among us.

Giving This 2015 Holiday Season

Dec 4 2015

Giving this Holiday SeasonWe offer you three end-of-the-year resources, much expected and appreciated by individuals, organizations and service providers in our community: Giving this Holiday Season - volunteer and donating opportunities in Waterloo Region (see the map); Free Holiday Meals - regular and festive meals in various locations until January 1st (see the map); and Holiday Emergency Information - crisis services and emergency shelters (the map is included in the document).  The information was updated through online scanning and will be updated as we learn about more opportunities. If you have updates, corrections or suggestions for us, please contact the HelpLine at 519-579-3800 or info@waterlooregion.org. May You enjoy a safe and joyful Holiday Season!

Celebrate With Us

Dec 3 2015

Open House of the Social Development Centre WREveryone is invited to join with us to celebrate the milestone of our name change and presentation of the 2015 Social Development Awards. We are holding an Open House on Tuesday December 8, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm (award presentations at 6:00 pm), 3rd floor, 151 Frederick St. Kitchener. Please RSVP by Friday December 4th to sdc@waterlooregion.org or, 519-579-3800