FCSS Programs & Events
FCSS offers various programs for all residents that assist with social connection, group support, personal development and learning.
The Town of Innisfail organizes a Volunteer Appreciation event each April in conjunction with National Volunteer Week.
There are draw prizes at each event such as family bowling passes, pool party rentals, family movie passes and volunteer gifts. A Volunteer Information Table is also available to learn more about the current volunteer opportunities in our community.
Details are provided in Town communications and on social media, so be on the lookout in April!
Mayor & Seniors Garden Party
The Mayor and Seniors Garden Party is held once every summer at the Historical Village and all ages are encouraged to attend.
Join the Mayor of Innisfail and our seniors for a sunny afternoon of snacks, light refreshments and music. Take the opportunity to share stories with each other, make connections and take in the history of the Innisfail community.
Watch Town communications and social media this Summer for details!
For more information on the following events and programs, contact FCSS Innisfail at 403-227-3376 (ext. 233) or email [email protected]
Support Groups & Programs
Courage to Care Mental Health Support Group
Are you a caregiver or support person to someone in your life?
Courage to Care is a peer support group for all caregivers. Caregivers can be:
- The family member of someone with a brain injury, mental illness or addiction.
- The spouse of someone with heart disease, MS, recovering from a stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS, arthritis or dementia etc.
- The parent of a child with high needs or a disability.
- The adult child of aging parents who need help with appointments, home maintenance and finances.
- The main person checking in on a neighbour or friend because “there is no one else”.
- As a caregiver or support person, their care and support can take a lot of time and energy. Your own needs are just as important too.
The Courage to Care group is led by caring volunteer facilitators who have received training through the Canadian Mental Health Association, Facilitator Training. This peer support group can help caregivers:
- Be part of a support group to learn more.
- Accept your own feelings and know that you are not alone.
- Focus on what you are able to provide.
- Get connected.
- Take time for yourself.
- Seek and accept help for yourself.
- Develop coping strategies for challenging behaviours.
- Set realistic goals.
- Link with supports, services and resources.
Supported by FCSS Innisfail in partnership with McMan, the group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. * REGISTRATION REQUIRED *
For session location, to register, and for more information please call FCSS Innisfail at 403-227-3376 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
Art from the Heart
Art from the Heart is a program designed for people living with early-stage dementia. It is a safe place and time to focus on the joy of creating, express one's feelings and emotions through art, explore memories, gain a sense of accomplishments, and a time to relax and socialize.
The Innisfail Public Library, FCSS Innisfail, and the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network have partnered to implement this program. Art instructor Mirjam Rand will guide participants through a series of simple and enjoyable art projects using a variety of mediums. Tea/coffee and snacks will follow, allowing participants some time to socialize together.
Caregivers will be able to take this time for themselves, as participants will be enjoying their art activities on their own with our facilitators. Caregivers may leave the premises or they can relax with a book or magazine at our beautiful library. A section will be set up specifically for them with tea and coffee.
Transportation is available by calling Innisfail Associated Cab at 403-227-229. Please ask the driver to bring an invoice to the front counter of the library upon your arrival to the program.
Registration is limited to 8 participants each week so be sure to book your spot early if you are interested in registering for the group. Each session is independent of the other and is FREE for participants.
SESSION DETAILS (Innisfail Public Library, 5300A 55 St. Close):
First Session: Mondays | October 1, 15, 22, & 29
Second Session: Mondays | December 3, 10, & 17
10:30 to 11:30 A.M. — Art Project
11:30 to 12:00 P.M. — Coffee/Tea and Snacks
TO REGISTER CALL OR EMAIL:
403-227-3376 Ext. 233
403-227-3376 Ext. 225
“… the arts can help diminish and prevent the progression of cognitive impairment. While creative arts are not a cure for dementia, it has the power to foster dignity and restore a sense of self. By unleashing the creativity in individuals, art encourages past memories to come to life and has the power to validate a person’s current situation. Mindfulness-Based Art Programming celebrates present tasks in a non-judgmental manner, focusing on the current capabilities of a person. Often this process brings joy and makes meaningful moments, enhancing relationships with those around participants.” — Anne Davis Basting, Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia.John Hopkins University Press. 2009: 124.
Dementia Friendly Support Group
The Dementia Friendly Support Group is for people with dementia and/or caregivers of those with dementia. The meetings may include an educational component, as well as, time for people to interact with others who are former caregivers or those who are currently on the dementia journey. There is also an opportunity to participate in advocacy for those living with dementia to ensure they and their caregivers are engaged and included in our community.
Meetings take place at Sunset Manor at 2 p.m.on the third Saturday of every month. Contact Jean Barclay at 403-396-0902 or email [email protected] for more information.
Kids Have Stress Too!®
"Learning to handle stress is an important life skill for everyone."
Developed by The Psychology Foundation of Canada, the Kids Have Stress Too! program helps parents, caregivers and educators understand childhood stress, and how to provide children with the tools to deal with stress effectively. It is a broad-based primary prevention program which provides parents, caregivers, and communities with the knowledge, awareness and skills to help young people become healthier and more resilient through learning how to manage their stress. The program includes a range of resources designed for parents, those who work with young children in early learning settings and for classrooms.
This program runs for 12 - 16 weeks for approximately 1-hour per week.
Family & Adult Programs
Movers & Groovers
"Everyone can benefit from improved physical health and the opportunity to create new social networks."
Movers & Groovers is a FREE activity group designed for adults and meet up at the Library Learning Centre (5300A 55 Street Cl.) every Wednesday & Friday from 10-11 a.m. The program runs between September (long weekend) & May (long weekend).
Activities focus on moving and participants can choose to take an outdoor walk or stay inside to take part in indoor activities. Indoor sessions are led by an Exercise Specialist from the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network. This program can be an asset for those seeking to maintain or improve health and functional independence (Don't forget to bring appropriate footwear and a water bottle).
Benefits to Attending:
- Focus on developing cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and balance.
- Safe and appropriate for people with a wide variety of fitness levels.
- Fun, social atmosphere.
- Free monthly draws.
- Social events for the group are encouraged throughout the season, and all suggestions will be seriously considered by the group. Please speak to one of the group facilitators if you have an idea for a social event.
For more information, call FCSS Innisfail at 403-227-3376 or email [email protected] or [email protected].
Community Volunteer Programs
The Innisfail Volunteer Connection aims to connect volunteers and the many community events, activities and organizations that require their services.
Neighbours Helping Neighbours
As a year-round program, Neighbours Helping Neighbours is a community-minded program that promotes volunteerism in our community and provides assistance to those in need. Whether a snow angel, garden angel or a strong hand, you can make a difference in your community!
Neighbourhood Block Party (seasonal)
Throw a block party in your neighbourhood! With the goal to create connections, unity, and support, block parties are a great way for neighbours to get to know each other in a fun and informal way. Block parties are available all year long.
Town of Innisfail Drop-in Programs Begin
September 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Innisfail Farmers Market
September 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Innisfail Art Council Show and Sale
September 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm