Family and Community Support Services

Welcome to FCSS

About FCSS

The overall objective of FCSS is to develop locally driven, prevention-based social initiatives to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. These initiatives must align with the provincially mandated outcomes based on legislation and regulations. Throughout FCSS’s nearly 40 years in the Hinton community, a key objective has been building community and creating a sense of support and belonging for residents.

Saturday Driveway Project

Let's get connected with COVID-safe outdoor social gatherings in our own neighbourhoods! 


  • Stroll your neighbourhood and if you see people in their front yards or driveways, stop and say hello! Alternatively, set up in your own driveway to welcome your neighbours!
  • Portable firepits are an optional way to add some fun! 
  • Current COVID-19 rules must be adhered to.
  • Project runs every Saturday evening from March – May. 


  • To build a sense of community within your own neighbourhood.
  • To reduce social isolation through conversation and connection.


If you choose to use a portable firepit when you participate in the Saturday Driveway Project, all fire restrictions must be adhered to, including:

  • 10 feet buffer around portable fire pit
  • Spark arrestor (grate or mesh lid) 
  • Extinguisher accessible (5-gallon pail of water or sand or hooked up hose).
  • Burn clean, dry wood only (no painted wood).

For questions about portable firepit regulations, call the Protective Services department at 780-865-6009.

Saturday Driveway program posterFor a downloadable poster to promote a Saturday Driveway Project in your neighbourhood, click here!

Please review relevant bylaws prior to participating in this project. 

To review Fire Bylaw #1097 click here.

To review Nuisance Bylaw #1101 click here.

Provincial Preventative Mandates

Hinton’s FCSS department designs services in alignment with the four mandates for prevention-based programming as outlined by the Province of Alberta:

1. Homelessness

2. Poverty

3. Domestic Violence

4. Mental Health

Wellbeing & Resiliency Framework

FCSS also factors in the Wellbeing and Resiliency Framework. This provincially designed framework sets out the objectives for family and children-based programming, including:

1. Child Development and Well-being

2. Caregiver Capacity Building

3. Social Connections

Our team is here to help
  1. FCSS Manager
  2. FCSS Assistant Manager
  3. Administrative Assistant
  4. Individual Supports Coord.
  5. Family Life Coord.
  6. Community Connections Coord.
  7. Caregiver Education Coord.
  8. HKFS Supervisor
  9. HKFS Coordinator
  10. Youth Centre Coord.

Meet CarynCaryn is the FCSS Manager; she oversees all FCSS programs and Hinton Transit!

If you'd like to connect with Caryn, give her a call at 780-865-6031 or send her an email!

To see more information on transportation, view the webpage here!

Why Caryn Loves Hinton

"I have lived in Hinton for 9 years, but it felt like home to me after just a few visits. The real sense of community and the variety of outdoor opportunities is what makes Hinton most special to me."