Local Children’s Charity
SPEC is very excited to announce that our LINKS Community Services program is now officially the “Hub” and point of entry for early intervention and prevention services for families with children 0-18 years old in the City of Brooks and the County of Newell. The Hub provides intake and coordination services and arranges the delivery of a full array of services, supports, and programming.
The Hub is part of the new Family Resource Network (FRN) funded through Children’s Services. The FRN follows a “Hub and Spoke” model throughout the province in which the “Spokes” are the formal service partnerships created to meet the needs of all age cohorts of children, intensity levels of services and home visitation services.
Family Resource Network supports expecting parents, families, caregivers/parents and communities to support the safety and resiliency of infants, children and youth. FRN programs and services will support child safety, well-being, child/youth development, and strengthen parenting and caregiver knowledge and capacity.
The LINKS Community Services Hub will provide families with information, referrals and service coordination to meet their respective needs. Anyone can access services at the LINKS Community Services Hub by referral of other agencies or families can connect themselves by calling, emailing or visiting our office (by appointment only now due to COVID-19).
LINKS Community Services will continue to offer the following services:
LINKS Community Services Hub Phone 403.362.5056
Hub Intake, Family Resource Coordinator Wanda MacDonald Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Manager Tracey Harahus Email email@example.com
Established in 1978, the SPEC Association for Children & Families, began as a fee-for-service program with Alberta Social Services and Community Health. Since SPEC’s incorporation in 1979, the programs have continued to grow and offer services for children and families under the guidance and leadership of dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers.
SPEC is focused on the positive development of kids by providing a continuum of services from early intervention (prevention) to high intervention during crisis. By providing family support services, SPEC continues to focus on a variety of preventive and educational programs that promotes a caring and committed community where kids are resilient and valued.
The Parent Link Centre has changed my life! Before I started coming to the programs, I was so isolated and my daughter was very shy. Especially as an immigrant and learning a new language, it’s hard to make friends. Now my daughter has good social skills and lots of friends. I get to connect with other moms. We’re much happier now.
If it wasn’t for my family support worker and all the help they have given me I don’t know where my family and I would be
My First Step Advocate keeps me in line, I am so grateful to have her