September E-Neighbour: See You at the Festival Finale on October 18th!

Sep 15 2015

September E-Neighbour is out! Get ready for the ever popular scrap booking activity to tell everyone about your activities this year. Read about the previous Finale Celebrations and expect even more excitement because you will be in the draw for prizes and awards! Registration deadline is October 5th at midnight. See what the last year's Neighbourhood Improvement Grant winners are doing, who won  the last Early Bird Prize this season, which ward is leading in the Challenge (not ward 10 at the moment), and what the winners of the Neighbourhod Connections award in Traynor-Vanier have been up to. Story from your neighbourhood can be in the next ENeighbour!

Party Platforms Analysis

Sep 9 2015

Party Platform AnalysisJoin the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group on September 18th in applying the local framework for Poverty Elimination to analyse the party platforms this federal election. We will be looking into proposals that ensure adequate income and a range of supports for all Canadians from affordable housing, public transportation, health care, child care to supports for seniors. Everyone in Canada deserves a decent life and you will be prepared to talk to your candidates about important social issues. Come when you can between 2 pm and 6 pm at YWCA KW 1st floor at 151 Frederick St. in Kitchener. 

Kitchen Table Talks Continue in September

Sep 2 2015

"A city is only as strong as its weakest neighbourhood". The Kitchen Table Talks are providing lively and wide ranging discussions on how our neighbourhoods can support everyone to live a decent life. We continue seeking voices less heard in public meetings and forums. One participant shared a write up she did on a kitchen table talk she attended. The initerested is still there and there is still time if you wish to host a Kitchen Table Talk in your neighbourhood this September. Contact us to find out how

August Community Update 2015

Aug 22 2015

Our August Community Update brings some important updates regarding our new initiative and renewed interest to create a resident led Community Social Planning Council. We continue learning from inspiring neighbourhood stories and are currently scheduling the Decent Lives Kitchen Table Talks. How do federal election issues resonate with our day to day lives? Take a good look at our Federal Election Gateway webpage, read about the issues worth voting for and call us to be a part of a conversation: a kitchen table talk or an all-candidates session!  

Directory of Community Services Waterloo Region 2015

Aug 21 2015

Blue Book 2015

The 33rd edition of the Blue Book Directory of Community Services for 2015 is available now! Order your copy today:  Download the order form.

The Blue Book Directory of Community Services in Waterloo Region is the trusted source of community information and has been for more than 40 years. The Blue Book is comprehensive, listing local human services provided by social agencies, community organizations and governments, and features cross-referenced Name and Subject Indexes for quick access to agency information.  

The Blue Book is produced by the Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region, operated by the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo.

VisitAble Housing Article in The Record

Jul 21 2015

Building a home anybody would be pleased to visit vh

The journey home can be stopped by a single set of stairs. Even just a few steps can amount to an insurmountable barrier for a new parent juggling groceries with a stroller, the athlete recovering from an ankle injury, or the grandparent wanting to visit family.

Enter: VisitAble Housing.

To read the article in full, see attached PDF or click here.

Neighbours Talk - July E-Neighbour

Jul 20 2015

Mension GardenNeighbourhood Activity Guide has come online! You can find a print copy of the guide at your community centre. Browse it and copy the pages you would need. It is a pilot project and we hope to work with your feedback, add more suggestions about how to organize neighbourhood activities and grow the collection. Read more about the 3rd Early Bird prize winner in the July E-Neighbour and join the Neighbours Talk online and off line! See the results of our first Neighbours Talk survey and find a 10 x 10 canopy in the Neighbourhood Activity Trunk

Host a Kitchen Table Talk this Summer

Jun 30 2015

Kitchen Table Talks 2015We are inviting people to host, record and facilitate kitchen table talks this July and August in Kitchener-Waterloo. We continue exploration of the ways in which we can support decent living for everyone right there where we live and work. Kitchen Table Talks are small groups of friends, family, peers and neighbours, brought together in a familiar location and taking part in an exciting conversation. For information about the kitchen table talks and how you can get involved contact Trudy Beaulne at Take a look at the Kitchen Table Talk Flyer and Hosts' Kit!

Welcoming Applications for the Community Social Planning Council

Jun 25 2015

48 AGM PresentationsOn June 22, we hosted our 48th Annual General Meeting. An exciting announcement was made at this year’s AGM. We are launching a new Community Council to help provide a citizen foundation to assist SPC achieve its social development mandate. The Board is seeking 10 members to join the Board on the Council by September 2015. For more information see Community Social Planning Council Membership and Purpose and Application Form

48th Annual General Meeting

Jun 8 2015

Join us to hear compelling stories of community action on June 22, 2015 during the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo. Continue the Decent Lives discussion to weave what is being done in the community into a deeper understanding of why community action and planning is important to our local landscape.

Stories will be shared by the Good Hearted Women Singers, an Indigenous and non-Indigenous women's drum circle, Crossing Borders, a youth group of refugees and Canadians who want to raise awareness and encourage social justice, Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo action group for poverty elimination, and Disabilities and Human Rights Group, a group for those who care about making our community more accessible to everyone