Community Roundtable

Organization Sponsor: Hamilton, City

Organization Partner: Sport Hamilton

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Program Description

The Ministry of Health Promotion provided a grant to the City of Hamilton and Sport Hamilton through the Communities in Action Fund to help deliver the cultural and linguistic
Community Roundtable project. The programs are held in City of Hamilton recreation centres (the City of Hamilton provides free space) or on City of Hamilton fields that are also free or subsidized.
Purpose of the initiative
• The City of Hamilton and Sport Hamilton are working in partnership to
help active community members interested in starting pilot recreation
programs cut through the red tape for access to recreation facilities,
logistical support, administrative aid and funding.
• This Community Roundtable project also serves as a direct line of
communication between the community and the City of Hamilton to
better identify and address local cultural and linguistic recreational
needs.
The project officially started September 11, 2006 by pulling together
active local cultural and linguistic community groups and members for
participation on the roundtable with a goal to launch in November
2006.
• Three target groups were identified for project inclusion: children and
youth, people with disabilities and visible/ethnic/linguistic minorities.
• In December 2006 a change in overall strategy from group roundtable
discussions to individual consultation sessions between the City
representative and each community/group leader was made in order to
accommodate participant schedules and address unique challenges
relating to each representative group.
There are already a few programs that are complete such as inner-city
youth soccer (14-18 year olds) that provides equipment, field time and
association fees for low-income youth that would otherwise not be able
to play and a St. Joseph's Women's Centre children's summer camp
program (6-10 year olds) which was recently extended for January
2008.

Program Approximate Cost: 

$30,000

Funding Sources: 

Ministry of Health Promotion

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Direct interaction with community groups related to the project has
opened a channel of communication between the city and isolated
groups, giving voice to recreation related barriers and opportunities.

Impact Of Program: 

Currently 8 community groups have completed or started pilot projects
with an additional 6 in the approval phase (the project will allow for an
additional 2-3 community groups to be added in early 2008 once phase
1 funding has been complete), on track for obtaining projected
community group participation levels (15).
Through the first two of three phases for the project (Step 1 -
Organization; Step 2 - Implementation; Step 3 - Measurement)
currently underway, the biggest identified success thus far has been
community interest and participation combined with actual program
development / implementation progress.
n the 13 months since project inception almost all participant group
slots have been filled (14 with a possible 2-3 additional groups to be
added in 2008, funds permitting).
• Eight groups have progressed to the implementation phase (the other
6 to commence no later than January 2008) and almost all of the
awarded CIAF grant money has been allocated directly to local youth
and cultural community groups for proposed recreation programming.

Evaluation Tools: 

The project coordination team (City of Hamilton and Sport Hamilton
representatives/project coordinators) have also gained valuable
experience and feedback from the community that can be leveraged,
to better address community recreation programming needs in the
present and future.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Through the partnership with Sport Hamilton and participation of SISO
(Settlement and Integration Services Organization) barriers outlined in
various recreation reports have also started to be addressed,
benefiting more general cross-sections of the community (i.e. subsidy
procedure).

Challenges To Meet Them: 

To get the various community groups to become involved in the project.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project began in 2006.

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