Reports & Announcements
Addressing Hunger in Oxford County
Published in November 2016 by the Social Planning Council Oxford, and funded partly by United Way Oxford, Addressing Hunger in Oxford County: Exploring Needs, Strengths, and Next Steps is a study of the food system in Oxford County, specifically focusing on how it supports individuals in our community who lack consistent access to adequate, safe, and nutritious food that meets people’s dietary and cultural needs, as well as their food preferences.
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Youth Voice Report: Mental Health & Suicide
Published in September 2016 by the Social Planning Council Oxford, and funded partly by the Time 2 Change Minds (T2CM) Fund through the Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford County Branch and Woodstock Hospital. The Youth Voice Report: Mental Health & Suicide thematically outlines the issues that have come to the surface in the ways suicide, mental health, and related topics are confronted by our youth. View the full report here:
A summary fact sheet of this report can be found below:
Challenging the myths: Refugees in Canada
Food for Change: From Charity to Dignity
How are Oxford County residents REALLY doing? A report on wellbeing in Oxford County
Released in June 2014 by the Social Planning Council Oxford, and funded by the Woodstock & Area Community Health Centre, How are Oxford County residents REALLY doing? A report on wellbeing in Oxford County explores the eight domains of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing with local data. Feedback from community discussions is included in the report.
Transportation in Tillsonburg: Getting There
Released in March 2014 by the Social Planning Council Oxford, Transportation in Tillsonburg: Getting There includes a community overview, existing transportation services, the financial and social costs related to a lack of transportation, examples of transportation solutions, and recommendations for the community.
Trends in Oxford County: Food Security
Published in May 2013 by the Social Planning Council Oxford. To view the publication, click the link below.
Age Friendly Housing, Norwich Township
Published in February 2013 by the Social Planning Council Oxford. A special thanks to the Township of Norwich Health Visioning Committee for their assistance with this publication. To view the publication, click the link below.
Suicide in Oxford County
Published in November 2012 by the Social Planning Council Oxford. A special thanks to Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services, Woodstock Hospital, Woodstock Police Services, and the Ontario Provincial Police for their assistance with this publication. To view the publication, click the link below.
Live a Day in my Shoes
On May 6th, 2014, more than 100 Oxford County community members gathered to weave their way through the maze of community services for those living in poverty, and experienced a glimpse of what it might be like to live just one day in their shoes. The day included guest speaker, Tracy Rhea, a local community member who has experienced poverty in Oxford County. Hear what participants had to say about the Live a Day in my Shoes event, or check out a video of the day!
Social Planning Network of Ontario statement on the National Household Survey
The voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) has produced lower quality data than the mandatory long-form Census it has replaced. The Social Planning Network of Ontario only uses NHS data when higher quality data is not available. Statistics Canada has said their evaluations of NHS data “support the general reliability of the data at the national, provincial and territorial levels” but they have not extended this confidence to using NHS data at the community level. They have noted that “risk of error in NHS estimates increases for lower levels of geography and smaller populations.” Due to the increase in error at the local level compared to previous Census data, Statistics Canada has released very few NHS data tables for smaller geographies like municipalities and neighbourhoods. Statistics Canada has also cautioned against doing historical comparisons between NHS and Census data because the data was collected differently. Good quality data about demographics, social and economic conditions at the local level is essential for social planning and research, including the design and delivery of public services. The cancellation of the mandatory long form Census has resulted in a significant loss of reliable data that will greatly reduce the ability of residents to understand their own communities. This critical data gap will also affect the quality and cost-effectiveness of the services residents use for years to come. The Social Planning Network of Ontario with its partners at the local, provincial and national levels will continue to bring attention to this major data gap and to call for the return of a full mandatory Census.
Achieving Community Wellbeing
On September 5th, 2013 a panel of leaders from the City of Guelph shared their experience and insights into how the Guelph community worked to develop and put into action a plan for wellbeing for all residents. Also, hear about the work of Social Planning Council Oxford, results from recent community forums and their link to wellbeing. Hear what participants had to say about the Achieving Community Wellbeing: A Panel and Community Dialogue event.
Social Planning Council Oxford
447 Hunter Street
Woodstock, ON Canada
phone: (519) 602-2421
The goal of the Social Planning Council Oxford is to bring people together to actively participate in social development to improve the quality of life of Oxford County residents.