Service mapping is both an equipping practice and an empowering tool for a coordinative body like Prairie Skies Integration Network and the organizations and people we exist to empower. The process helps:
- identify existing settlement service assets (services specific to newcomers)
- identify existing mainstream service assets (services require during integration)
- identify any gaps in service provision
- improve awareness of and connections to service providers in the region
There is a great deal of information available about local services in various formats and from various sources. However, it’s often available in text-based lists, with several limitations. It can also be difficult to find this info, for those who don’t know where to start looking.
To avoid “reinventing the wheel”, and in acknowledgement of the expertise of our partners, Prairie Skies has partnered with 211 Saskatchewan in our service mapping pursuit.
Our long-term goal is to provide a standardized and reliable information hub to support Community Service Providers in serving their clientele of newcomers. We look forward to enhancing our service mapping in the future, with Sask 211’s support. But for now, we would like to present you with resources specific to two service areas. These are not exhaustive collections of the information you are looking for, but a general start. By navigating 211 Saskatchewan’s website with your specific geography and topic in mind will yield much more focused results for you. 211 Saskatchewan’s comprehensive service mapping tool, offering both list & map format, is found here.
Child and youth programs:
Labour market services (that is, services related to employment and the workforce):
211 Saskatchewan is a free, confidential, 24/7 service that connects individuals to human services in the province by telephone, text, or web chat, plus a searchable website with over 5,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province.
In addition to searching on the 211 Saskatchewan website, individuals can now call 2-1-1, text 2-1-1 or go online to chat with trained professionals to help find and navigate services they need. This access to community, health and government services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Over 175 languages, including 17 Indigenous languages, are available over the phone.