Work with Community
Social Planning staff work together with community members and stakeholders to effectively plan for the social needs of the community. City policies, plans and strategies guiding social planning actions are developed based on extensive consultation with community members, community organizations and other stakeholders.
In addition to consultations regarding specific policies or practices, the City has established advisory committees to provide Council with advice regarding social planning matters. For example, the City’s Richmond Community Services Advisory Committee (RCSAC) is a roundtable of 20 to 30 community service agency representatives that advises City Council on social policy and community service matters. Members also share information and ideas about issues of common interest and identify emerging needs.
Community initiatives are also supported by Social Planning staff. For example, staff participate in Richmond Children First (RCF), a stakeholders’ table committed to understanding the needs of families and to foster innovative strategies to support children. One of RCF’s initiatives is the Richmond Children’s Charter, which provides a child’s lens to building a child-friendly city that supports children’s rights.
Additional support to community service agencies is provided through the City’s Health, Social and Safety Grant Program. This annual grant program provides operational and program grants for a wide variety of non-profit organizations enhancing the quality of life of Richmond residents.
Community consultation is key to the development of social policies and strategies. One way that all residents can participate in civic policy development is by joining Let’s Talk Richmond, an online community engagement site about current City initiatives.