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Ending Poverty

Ending poverty in our community by raising awareness, reducing the impact and breaking the cycle.

In 2008, the community identified Ending Poverty as a priority for London’s children, youth, and families. At that time, there were many impactful statistics that illustrated the impact of poverty in London, but there was one that crystallized the issue; 1 in 5 London children will experience poverty during their childhood. This was, and is, intolerable.

The Ending Poverty team is actively implementing strategies to meet basic needs in London neighbourhoods through our Basic Needs Beacon. With our community partners, we have developed London’s Food Charter, a document outlining the principles of a “food secure” London. We are creating policy papers that advocate for systems-level change to achieve income security, and we are providing small loans and business development training to London entrepreneurs who cannot access traditional forms of credit.

We are doing all this, and more, by utilizing the collective energy and talent of community partners to create opportunities that seek to reduce the impact and break the cycle of generational poverty in London.

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Making Literacy a Way of Life

Improving literacy in our community through home, school and community collaboration. Literacy development goes far beyond formal learning and education. Parents, schools and communities in London are working together to build literacy skills in our children and youth that will help them to be successful in school and in life.

Our Literacy Team’s awareness and advocacy initiatives support families and children of all ages, helping to make literacy a way of life. The Baby’s Book Bag and literacy-rich waiting rooms in medical offices, for example, promote literacy from birth. Other initiatives focus on helping youth pass the Grade 10 Literacy Test, and promoting family and community involvement in developing literacy.

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Healthy Eating & Healthy Physical Activity

Improving healthy eating and physical activity through engagement and influencing habits. Over 25% of London’s children and youth are overweight or obese. To prevent weight and health issues later in life, our children and youth need a healthy foundation built on nutrient-rich foods and physical activity.

Our Healthy Eating and Healthy Physical Activity Priority (HEHPA) Group takes a collaborative approach toward improving health by promoting awareness initiatives through Middlesex-London in motion™, supporting active neighbourhoods, developing educational and motivational tools for healthy habits, connecting people with healthy events and activities and measuring health improvements in our community.

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Creating a Family-Centred Service System

Making it easier for children, youth and families to connect to services in their neighbourhood. London has a great range of services for families that are located throughout the community. Our goal is to develop a more family centred service system that makes the full range of services more accessible to families. In order to do this, we are developing a culture of collaboration and inter-professional practice and establishing a network of Family Centres that bring services together through a single door approach.

In each Family Centre, families will be able to access a core group of services and, when necessary, get connected to more specialized services. Types of services include:

  • Parenting and Early Learning Programs (e.g. Parenting Attachment Programs, Play Groups or Language Development Programs)
  • Education, Early Childhood Education and Child Care (e.g.. Centre-based Licensed Child Care, Licensed Non-traditional Hours Care, etc.)
  • Public Health and Wellness (e.g. Pre-natal Support, Post-natal or Early Screening & Assessment)
  • Recreation, Sports and Leisure (e.g. Physical Activity Programming, Arts/Culture Programming, etc.)
  • Referral, Resources, Information and Awareness (e.g. Child Care Fee Subsidy Access, Family Literacy, Basic Needs Supports, Children’s Mental Health Service Referral, etc.)

The Family-Centred Service System strategy is fundamentally about strengthening families – about helping them access the supports they need to be successful in all aspects of their lives.

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