Northern Windsor & Orange Regional Council Recap – January 2018

Ellen Taetzsch
Northern Windsor, Orange and Springfield Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures




In December, the Northern Windsor and Orange County Building Bright Futures Regional Council supported the annual Ginger Bread Festival at the Family Place Parent Child Center in Norwich. There was a large turnout of community members who got to learn more about the programs at the Family Place and child development, were able to connect with one another, and of course see all the gingerbread houses. In January, the Regional Council took some time to reflect on why this council is important, what success looks like for the council and what draws member to attend council meetings. The council gained insight into the importance of relationships and diverse perspectives represented at the council table. The council also reflected on the importance of having successes and a common goal that members buy into to focus energy and really make progress.

Northern Windsor and Orange Building Bright Futures is also interested in continuing to support and strengthen the link with the Integrated Family Services (IFS) Core team. This team is looking at ways to become better integrated to make sure that the right supports at the right time are provided to individuals. One specific challenge that this group intends to learn more about is increasing awareness of resources for consumers and providers. A deeper look and understanding into Help Me Grow and Vermont 211’s role in the region and how to make this resource most effective is one of the first steps. The council and IFS will continue to look how to make the system more efficient and ways to streamline both providers and client’s time.

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