Types of Services - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Types of Services

Photograph of children climbingFCSS uses a “people helping people to help themselves” approach and offers a wide range of programs and services at the community level. Following are some examples of programs or services offered through FCSS:

  1. Services to assist communities to identify their social needs and develop responses to meet those needs, including:
    • raising public awareness around community issues,
    • developing strategies for community advocacy,
    • developing comprehensive social community plans and initiatives,
    • environmental scans, service reviews, strategic planning, program planning, or
    • in-kind support to community-based groups (until they are able to sustain themselves) such as provision of office space, printing, photocopying, help with preparing proposals, ect.;

  2. Services to promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community, including:
    • recruitment, training and placement services,
    • resources to support volunteers, or
    • coordination of volunteer services;

  3. Services to inform the public of available services, including:
    • information and referral services,
    • community information directories,
    • newcomer services, or
    • interagency coordination;

  4. Services that promote the social development of children and their families, including:
    • parent-child development activities,
    • temporary or occasional parent relief services, or
    • support services for young school age children;

  5. Services that enrich and strengthen family life by developing skills so people can function more effectively within their own environment, including:
    • parenting and family life education and development programs,
    • marriage enrichment,
    • retirement planning,
    • programs for single adults and single parents,
    • courses designed to enhance self-awareness and personal growth,
    • individual, family and group counselling services that are educational and not treatment oriented, or
    • youth development services

  6. Services that enhance the quality of life of the retired and semi-retired, including:
    • home support services,
    • education and information services,
    • outreach and coordination services, or
    • self-help socialization activities.

  7. Ineligible Services:

    Services provided under an FCSS Program must not provide primarily for the recreational needs or leisure time pursuits of individuals; offer direct assistance, including money, food, clothing or shelter, to sustain an individual or family; be primarily rehabilitative in nature; nor duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency.
Modified: 2012-11-26
PID: 15534