|IN COOPERATION WITH ITS MEMBERSHIP, THE COORDINATING COUNCIL WILL: |
DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A CURRENT STRATEGIC PLAN THAT ADDRESSES THE NEEDS OF SENIORS AND SENIOR-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS IN EDMONTON AND PROVIDES PLANNING AND SUPPORT FOR MEMBERS;
- The Council will review and research current issues pertaining to Edmonton seniors and senior-serving organizations in order to develop a strategic plan recommending an array of senior-serving services and programs designed to meet identified needs. The plan will be created by representatives of member organizations and approved by the Coordinating Council. Members can then utilize the plan to develop their own community strategies and array of services. The Coordinating Council’s strategic plan will be updated on a regular basis.
ADDRESS PRIORITY ISSUES FOR SENIOR-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS;
- The Coordinating Council will initially address the priority issues identified by the Edmonton Task Force on Community Services for Seniors. The Coordinating Council will work with members to problem solve and develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Members will be surveyed annually to ensure the Coordinating Council is addressing issues and challenges impeding the delivery of services to seniors.
ENCOURAGE AND FACILITATE THE SHARING OF RESOURCES AMONG SENIOR-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS;
- The Coordinating Council will provide a forum for member organizations to discuss sharing resources (i.e., personnel, personnel services [e.g., staff benefits], contract services, equipment, supplies) to provide more comprehensive citywide services.
REPRESENT SENIOR-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS ON ISSUES PERTAINING TO SERVICES FOR SENIORS;
- The Coordinating Council will use the collective voice of its membership to represent senior-serving organizations and the issues that affect them in meetings with the government, corporate, and public sectors.
DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ON BEHALF OF ITS MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS;
- The Coordinating Council will collect research information on seniors and senior-serving organizations to share with member organizations and seniors. A newsletter and/or website for seniors and/or senior-serving organizations to provide citywide program and service information will be considered.
IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE COST-EFFECTIVE SERVICES TO MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS; AND
- In many cases, individual member organizations lack the financial and/or human resources for developing the full array of services to benefit their communities. The Coordinating Council will work with member organizations to identify what they require to provide comprehensive services for their clients. Once the need is identified (i.e., research, fund development, workshops, staff training and development), the Council will assist in finding the resources to meet the need.
SUPPORT COLLABORATION AMONG SENIOR-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS IN THE DELIVERY AND EVALUATION OF SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
- The Coordinating Council will act as a catalyst to facilitate senior-serving organizations working together in the delivery and evaluation of services. For example, the Coordinating Council might hire an Outcomes Specialist to assist member agencies in reviewing their programs.