Our October, 2015 community survey formed the basis for our Age-Friendly planning. With that foundation and generating from many far-ranging discussions by the Project Team, the Action Plan was developed. It notes the following projects that are currently underway:
Outreach - to provide transparency about the work of the AFCI and to engage community members in our work; Nancy Davis, Task Force Chair.
Transportation – to create a sustainable, robust transportation system for the communities of Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Newry and Woodstock; Allen Cressy, Task Force Chair.
Exercise Opportunities – to provide safe opportunities for exercise, including walking program and armchair yoga; Jacquelyn Cressy, Task Force Chair.
Morning Greeting Program – to create a system of daily check-in calls for seniors and isolated residents of our communities; Kay Rector, Task Force Chair.
Resource Directory – to create a directory of local and statewide services, both digital (a section of the website currently under construction) and print copies; Nancy Davis, Task Force Chair.
Coordination with the Heart & Soul Initiative, sponsored by the Orton Foundation.Involving the same communities as the AFCI, Heart & Soul is a community planning and development design which maximizes participation in local decision-making and upholds the unique character of the area. Nancy Davis, liaison.
Community Center (Virtual)- to identify locations and spaces for groups to meet, in the absence of a physical community center, and to present this information in a spreadsheet showing all the characteristics of these spaces; Task Force: Jacquelyn Cressy and Eliza Barnes.
In addition, we outlined several projects to be considered throughout the first year:
Universal Access Trail in partnership with the Mahoosuc Land Trust; Jane Chandler, Chair.
Volunteer handyman network
Ongoing support and access of services for local family caregivers
More inclusive broadband coverage
Would you like to be involved in any of these projects? If so, please visit our contact section.