To raise awareness about social needs in Kingston and Area and to engage citizens and community partners in planning and action on social needs that will improve the well being of the whole community.
History of the SPC
The Social Planning Council of Kingston and Area (SPC) is a not-for-profit, non-government organization and registered charity, which has operated in Kingston since 1930.
Originally known as the
Kingston Welfare Council. It became the Social Planning Council of
Kingston and District in 1965. The SPC defined its mandate as to
identify unmet social needs in the community and to suggest the
resources needed to meet these needs.
Throughout its history, the SPC has been concerned with the state of social service needs and well-being of residents in Kingston and surrounding Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties. The mandate of the Social Planning Council of Kingston and Area is to provide leadership in identifying the need for social services and supports within the community.
In its quest to address community planning needs, the SPC has initiated several projects that have become autonomous agencies over the years: among them are the Kingston District Community Information Centre (as
of 2005, part of Volunteer Kingston), and the Kingston Youth Shelter.
The SPC seeks to facilitate, co-ordinate, and advocate for positive social change, while bridging the worlds of community members, academic researchers, government policy-makers and on-the-ground program operators.
The Social Planning Council of Kingston & Area is a non-profit, charitable organization that was formed in 1930. Its role is to:
CONVENE community members and partners to build relationships and create opportunities for positive social change;
LISTEN to concerns and ideas emerging from the community;
RESEARCH, develop tools and generate knowledge and information on social needs, issues and solutions; and
ENABLE community members to use research and information to improve the quality of community life.
CREATE social capital in the community through the above actions.
Values & Principles
Effective and productive community planning is inclusive, integrative and encompasses multiple dimensions of community life.
The Social Planning Council is governed by eight Values and Principles:
Ensuring security and safety
Sharing responsibility for each other
Connecting to the larger global environment
Promoting citizen engagement