The East Sooke Neighbourhoods Association (ESNA) is a newly established group that seeks to enhance the quality of life of people in our community.
To this end we conducted a survey to learn about the areas and services that you and your family members would like see developed or improved in East Sooke.
The following report contains an analysis of the survey results - East Sooke Needs Survey Report.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Thanks to the time that was spent by people living in 123 East Sooke households, we have been able to identify areas where improvements are required. The top priority is for improved road safety, which not only generated a consistently high score, but which also prompted 50 respondents to make recommendations for change. Under the general heading of community safety, residents also advocated for fire prevention courses and a coordinated emergency response plan. Extending water to individual homes was seen by a few respondents as a way to increase fire safety. The safety of elders living alone was also identified as a concern.
Practical help for seniors, such as a handyman and home repair service, was viewed as a need as was access to home health and support programs. Recreation for seniors, regular seniors’ lunches and access to meals-on-wheels were identified as a high or moderate need by many respondents.
Local youth employment opportunities were seen to be a significant area for improvement by many respondents, 41% of whom believed this was a high or moderate need. These are interesting results, in that there were relatively few youth living in the households that participated in the survey. It is possible that the people living in these households were aware of the concerns of other people living in the community, and took advantage of the opportunity to advocate for their needs. After-school programs for children and youth, day care services for children, and an evening drop-in program for youth were also identified as areas of need.
Although not asked directly on the survey, 28 respondents identified the importance of having a meeting place or community hall where activities could take place, highlighting the need for the fire hall to be refurbished and used by the community. The need for a community space can also be inferred in the expressed need for social and recreational activities for East Sooke residents of all ages.
It is our recommendation that the priorities that were identified through the survey be addressed by the community, so that the quality of life in East Sooke can be enhanced. ESNA plans to share the survey results with community members, the CRD and other stakeholders to initiate discussions aimed at sustainable improvements in many of these areas.
A Community Meeting was held on June 17, 2015 to discuss the results of the survey and to start planning on how to address the major areas of concern.