Community Social Work
The City of Calgary has a team of community social workers located in specific communities across the city. Their job is to work with residents to identify social issues and neighbourhood-based solutions.
Our community social workers help residents contribute to their communities through leadership and volunteer opportunities, building individual skills and experience, and by connecting community members. When residents are provided opportunities, support and training they are more likely to feel empowered to make improvements in their neighbourhood.
For community social workers inquiries contact CSWinfo@calgary.ca.
Using a community development approach, community social workers partner with residents and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for increased social inclusion and economic participation in their neighbourhoods. In practical terms, Community social workers support residents in increasing their capacity to identify gaps, harvest local resources and skills, and lead and contribute to neighbourhood projects, groups, and initiatives.
Community social workers, for example, promote the work of the Community Development Learning Initiative, where resident volunteers can find supports, mentorship and resources to build their own capacity and confidence as local leaders, as well as ideas to build community inclusion. Learn more about the Community Development Learning Initiative.
Community Hub Work
Working with local partners and stakeholders, community social workers look for opportunities to activate and create welcoming and inclusive gathering spaces. The goal is for these community hubs to be incubating spaces for community connections, capacity building opportunities and places where residents can access services and supports right in their community. Working alongside residents and partners, community social workers identify barriers and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.
This work contributes to the Community Hub Initiative, a citywide initiative led by The City of Calgary, Rotary Clubs of Calgary, and United Way of Calgary and Area, with the goal of strengthening neighbourhoods by prototyping and activating seven community hubs in the priority locations between 2017 and 2021. The specific locations are Bowness Community Association; Sunalta Community Association; Fuse 33 Makerspace (Greater Forest Lawn); The Alex Community Food Centre (Greater Forest Lawn); Bob Bahan Aquatic and Recreation Centre (Greater Forest Lawn); Village Square Leisure Centre and 1000 Voices at Genesis Centre. Each neighbourhood is unique with distinct characteristics, needs, and assets. Learn more about the Community Hubs Initiative.
Have a great idea? Our neighbourhood grants turn local ideas into tangible actions. The CSW program offers grants of up to $1000 to residents in the eligible neighbourhoods mentioned below. Grants are awarded to resident led projects that increase social inclusion, economic participation or foster truth and reconciliation in neighbourhoods.
For more information contact NeighbourhoodGrants@calgary.ca
Who is eligible?
Grants are available for residents that live in the following neighbourhoods:
- Downtown Core
- East Village
- Highland Park
- Rutland Park
- Spruce Cliff
Grants are also available for residents in the following neighbourhoods that are part of the Community Hub Initiative:
- 1000 Voices at Genesis Centre - Castleridge, Coral Springs, Falconridge, Martindale, Saddleridge and Taradale
- Village Square Community Hub - Pineridge, Rundle, Temple and Whitehorn
- Bob Bahan Recreation Centre - Albert Park-Radisson Heights, Dover, Forest Lawn and Penbrooke Meadows
- Sunalta Community Association - Sunalta
- Bowness Community Association - Bowness
Live in another neighbourhood?
There are several programs that provide grants for community projects. Contact NeighbourhoodGrants@Calgary.ca for a list of alternatives.
Lending Library Toolkit
We borrow books and bring them back to the library, so why not use the same idea for tools, toys, baby clothes or sports equipment? The lending library toolkit will guide you to set a lending library in your community.
Community Economic Development
Community Economic Development (CED) is used by community social workers to support the strengthening of economic and social inclusion in neighbourhoods. CED is action taken locally to improve economic conditions of residents.