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Community Enhancement

Volunteers cleaning up street with yellow bags and garbage pickers

Photo provided by Surrey Crime Prevention Society

Research indicates that community enhancement projects serve to build community pride and ownership, increase feelings of safety, as well as positively influence social interactions which may reduce aggressive and violent behaviour. Engaging the public in cleanups, beautification efforts or educational and awareness programs helps to build strong and connected communities and neighbourhoods.

Community Enhancement initiatives may include any number of unique and positive activities such as cleaning up litter along adopted streets, removing graffiti, participating in community picnics, planting bulbs for beautification of public space or reporting illegal dumping.  City staff, including members from Parks, Engineering and Bylaws oversees several community enhancement initiatives.

As well, through our partnership with the Surrey Crime Prevention Society (SCPS) and their community enhancement program, work is completed by current volunteers and youth who have been assigned community service hours under the supervision of mentors. This program has been effective in providing these youth an opportunity to gain value in being part of their community.

SCPS partners with BC Probation Services and other agencies to identify participants for the program. Many of the clients are first-time young offenders and are mentored by program staff on community engagement and positive behaviours. Beyond allowing clients to complete their court appointed community service hours, there are many benefits for public safety from this work.

Through the program, the City receives improved notification of problem issues and graffiti. Civic pride in Surrey is also increased as residents and businesses see the City taking action to make their community more beautiful and welcoming. SCPS volunteers regularly support community clean up campaigns across the City, and report issues in the Surrey Request App.

Through examples like these, we are not only engaging the public in community enhancement initiatives, but we are also supporting and building capacity for residents to lead their own projects.

“We provide an opportunity for people to perform meaningful community service where they gain self-esteem and are part of positive community enhancements that make all residents feel safer and more positive about their neighbourhoods.” – Karen Reid-Sidhu, Surrey Crime Prevention Society

How we’ll measure success

  • Attendance at Parks Related Events
  • Rate of Program Completion by Youth
  • Reports Received Related to Nuisance Incidents
 

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