Photo from the Ellice Street Festival
Community Connecting Committee
Members of the Spence Neighbourhood Community Connecting Committee envision a community where people know each other, and where they can participate in work, recreation, and cultural activities without fear of exposure to crime, harassment, or harm to themselves, their families, their neighbours, or their property.
To achieve the above vision, the Spence Neighbourhood Community Connecting Committee will make recommendations to the Spence Neighbourhood Association to carry out, help facilitate or encourage others to do the following:
Build the social environment of the community by providing, to members of all ages, services and activities that enhance family and community connectedness, encourage skill development, provide rewarding employment and offer recreational opportunities.
Improve protection of self, neighbours and property through education, enriching the physical environment, and implementing security measures.
Lobby for improvements in legislation and services that provide for a safer community.
The Community Connecting Committee and staff work in collaboration with other Spence Neighbourhood Association committees, staff and volunteers, and other organizations within the neighbourhood and across the city on many types of projects and activities. We meet once a month to share a light meal and discuss current issues, projects, events and ideas. We often invite special guests to join our discussions on particular safety topics. New faces and voices are always welcome.
We meet the first Thursday of the month from 5-7PM at 615 Ellice Ave.
Community Connecting Programming
Art with Gerry: Led by local artist Gerry Berard, AWG aims to create an accessible and inclusive space for community members to engage in free, recreational and skill-building art and craft activities. AWG is open to Spence community members of all ages and skill/experience levels. Registration required.
Community Walk-Abouts: Help make your community safer by walking around your neighbourhood and learning how to identify by-law infractions and safety concerns! Community members meet up and head out into the community together with maps and clipboards. It is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and be involved in making your community a safer, cleaner, and friendlier place. We’ve organized walkabouts by neighbourhood area so every back lane is assessed, and everyone is welcome! After the walkabout, we report safety issues and let our neighbours know about the free resources available to them in the community. We focus on the following safety concerns: lighting, bulky waste, property maintenance, missing or hard to see back lane addresses, arson risks, graffiti, and back lane maintenance. We now carry with us tools for safe needle pick-up and disposal. A $5 Gift Card Honorarium is provided to thank you for your help.
Safety Audits: In recent years, the Spence Neighbourhood Association has undertaken additional neighbourhood safety audits to make note of safety issues in key areas of the community. The audits are based on the principles Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and have been organized in specific neighbourhood places and for specific groups (women and youth). We often carry out our audits in partnership with other community organizations, the Winnipeg Police Service and the City of Winnipeg.
Back Lane Address Plates (pick up, delivery, or free installation)
Sharps Disposal Supplies and Sharps Containers
Condoms and various safer sex supplies
Information on how to access other important services
If you are a tenant and have safety concerns about your unit or property, contact the Rental Safety Coordinator at 204-783-5000 Ext. 107 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These resources are available free of charge upon request at the 615 Ellice Office.
Spence Community Safety Charter: In 2016, Community Connecting worked with the community to create a vision for a safe community, which culminated in the development of the Spence Community Safety Charter. Click here to learn more.
Our Place Safe Space: In efforts to create a safer community for all, in March 2016 Community Connecting worked to open a safe space for sex workers, experiential folks, victims/survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Our Place is a partnership among SNA, DMSMCA and Sunshine House. Please click here to learn more about OPSS.
Kitchen Circle: Created out of the Community Connecting Committee in 2015, the current (2018) Kitchen Circle runs once a month and invites Spence Neighbourhood community members to gather, learn a healthy and affordable recipe, cook, and share food and conversation around a table together. Facilitated by members of our 55+ Cooking Classes. Free. All ages. No experience necessary. Registration required. Contact: SNA's Environment and Open Spaces Coordinator at 204-783-5000 ext. 102 or email@example.com .
55+ Programming: Please click here to learn about our NEW (2018) 55+ Programming
Learning and Recreation Opportunities: This includes, but not limited to: monthly art activities, monthly safety workshops on several topics of interest, including harm reduction, sexual health, legal help, crime prevention through environmental design, homophobia and transphobia, and active living and healthy ageing for seniors.
Let us know your Safety Concerns: If you have safety concerns and would like to speak to someone about any safety issues, please contact the Community Connecting Coordinator at 204-783-5000 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.