United Way in UCDSB

The United Way supports many programs and services which are of benefit to students, families, staff and community members of the UCDSB. This page contains information on the services available in this area. For more information, please go to: http://lanarkunitedway.com/.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lanark County

Programs:

Traditional Mentoring Program

The Big Brother Big Sister Traditional program matches an adult volunteer with a child in need of a friend. These children often come from single parent homes, and need a role model, someone to talk to, someone to look up to. The match spends three to five hours per week together.

In School Mentoring Program

The ISM program provides elementary students who would benefit from extra social, emotional, or academic support with a caring adult mentor within the school setting. The match spends one hour a week together.

Co Op In School Mentoring Program

Similar to the ISM program, the Co Op ISM program allows high school or college students the opportunity to use their Co Op hours mentoring children in the elementary school setting.

Go Girls – Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds

Go Girls is a program designed to address the physical activity, balanced eating and positive self-image needs of young women ages 12-14 based on a group mentoring model. This program is typically run in a school setting, with a group of girls being mentored by young adult women on a one adult to four youth ratio.

Game On!

Developed for male adolescents, Game On! uses a mentor approach to provide boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.

Clowning

Matching active seniors with children in a school setting, the clowning program does more than teach the skills of ballooning, face painting, and miming. This interactive weekly program builds long lasting relationships based on trust, mutual interest, and self-esteem development.

JAMM – Music Mentoring

This guitar based mentoring program matches experienced guitar players with small groups (4 or less) of children to learn basic guitar skills and to form a bond over the love of music. Guitars are left at the school so that

Canadian Tire JumpStart After School Program

The After School program combines physical activities with healthy snacks, positive self-esteem building activities, mental health promotion, mentorship, and fun!

Target population:

- Children/Youth

- ages 6 through 16

- within the County of Lanark and the Town of Smiths Falls

- from single parent families and/or families with high needs, or just in need of extra support

Benefits of program to targeted group:

Social Return on Investment Study: To assess the economic benefits of our programs, The Boston Consulting Group undertook a multi-stage study that compares the outcomes of children who participated in community 1-on-1 programs with those that did not. The results were outstanding. For every one dollar invested in BBBS mentoring programs, there is a return on that investment of eighteen dollars. For at risk children, the return is as high as 23:1.

Bullying Survey by BBBS Canada: According to a national survey commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC), a strong majority of Canadians (78 per cent) believe that not enough is being done to stop bullying in their communities. Three quarters of Canadians polled (76 per cent) think stronger anti-bullying legislation and stricter enforcement of those laws would be an effective way to reduce bullying. Ninety-four per cent of respondents also think that teachers and school administrators share responsibility for the prevention of bullying. Moreover, 87 per cent of Canadians think that providing children and teenagers who bully others with a volunteer mentor is an effective intervention.

Key findings from the Big Brothers Big Sisters and CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Anti-Bullying Survey: Mentored boys are two times less likely than non-mentored boys to develop negative conducts like bullying, fighting, lying, cheating, losing their temper or expressing anger. Mentored girls are two and a half times more likely than girls without a mentor to be confident in their ability to be successful at school.

Carleton Place & District Youth Centre:

Programs:

Physical Activity, Health and Safety

Recreation & Sports Program

§ 3 on 3 basketball, tournaments, skateboarding, floor hockey, soccer, football, volleyball, yoga, skateboarding, tennis, billiards. Some activities take place in the gym and some take place outside in the yard or on the basketball court.

Health & Safety Program

§ Workshops on self-esteem & healthy relationships

§ Information and Resource Centre on topics such as sexual health, mental health, physical fitness, nutrition, drugs and alcohol, and services in the community to assist with any challenges around these issues

§ Transportation and support to access mobile health unit and doctor’s visits

§ Referring youth to appropriate mental health, addiction and medical services

Life Skills Program

§ Weekly workshops on budgeting & banking, substance use, addictions, relationships

§ Ongoing reinforcement of effective communication in all drop-in activities

§ Groovy Girls Program (girls only life skills program)

Nutrition, “Real Meal“ Dinner Program and KIDZ In The Kitchen Program

§ Daily/ weekly preparation of meals, Nutritional Analysis of meals, Budgeting for meals, Recipe sharing and creating, Meal planning, Kitchen safety, Food preparation safety

Arts & Crafts

§ Weekly craft night, enhancement of self-esteem through self-expression, exploration and refinement of talents and skills

Leadership & Volunteering

Youth Leadership Committee

Monthly meetings (approximately 6-10 youth members), provides ownership toward the Centre and youth perspective on programming (youth decide which programs and meals they wish to have for each month), increases youth engagement, provides mentoring and role modelling opportunity for youth, increases self-esteem, self-worth and decision making skills, youth input is valued and part of our mission

Community Leadership & Volunteering Program

§ Community service hours program for completion of OSSD

§ Participation in community events (Dragonboat Festival, BBBS Bowl for kids, Pitch-In, My Town’s Got Talent, Town events, Santa Clause Parade)

§ Participation in annual TYPS Conference

Social Development

Youth have an opportunity to interact with one and other in a safe, supervised environment by participating in many different activities such as: board game/bingo night, chess, holiday meals, girls night/boys night, movie nights, etc.

Career & Skills Development

Computer & Internet Training/Access

§ Homework assistance / Weekly Homework Club at Caldwell Community House

§ Research for school projects

§ Information gathering for services in the community

§ Entertainment (online games)

§ Communication (email, Facebook)

§ Skill Building (Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher)

Employment Readiness Program

§ Skills Link Program

§ Certification Opportunities (WHMIS, CPR/First Aid, Smart Serve, Safe Food Handler)

§ Referrals to Service Canada for Birth Certificates and SIN cards

§ Linkage to job search engines and job postings

§ Career Cruising Program

§ Resume building workshops

§ Interview skills workshops

§ Volunteer experience to prepare for first working experience

§ Speakers from local businesses and agencies to promote entrepreneurial opportunities (Leeds/Lanark Enterprise Centre-Summer Jobs Program)

§ Access to photocopier, printers and fax machine

Community, Youth Justice and Crisis Referral Services for Youth

Homelessness/Housing Support & Outreach

§ Linking youth to services in the area

§ Free Laundry Facilities at the Centre

§ Part-time outreach worker to assist youth with housing/financial challenges

§ Ongoing promotion of awareness throughout the community (radio, networking with other agencies)

CSO/Diversion Program

§ Partnering with community agencies to provide meaningful diversion programs for youth required to complete various tasks (Salvation Army, Community Justice, RNJ)

§ Providing young people with an alternative to criminal record/probation allows them to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment and may prevent further dealings with the legal system

§ Advocacy/mediation for youth

Crisis Support

Link youth to appropriate agency to assist with crises (Kids Help Phone, Distress Centre, Open Doors, Tri County Addictions Services, Mental Health services, Legal Aid, Emergency Department at CP Hospital, OPP, Interval House, Food Bank, OW, ODSP, Emergency Shelters)

Target population:

Youth ages 10-19

Benefits of program to targeted group:

Physical Activity, Health and Safety

§ Increase in general health

§ Healthy eating increases ability to concentrate, increases stamina and allows the youth to thrive in school, at work and in their personal relationships

§ Knowledge of healthy alternatives allows youth to chose a lifestyle that will improve/maintain their current status

§ Knowledge of local resources can assist youth in making informed decisions, having access to sexual, mental and physical health services if required, and reducing fears and stigmas toward questions and situations they face

§ Increase in self-esteem and self-worth from participating in programming can allow a youth to set realistic, encouraging goals for their future

§ Healthy lifestyle choices in youth may lead to healthy choices in adulthood thus reducing future health risks.

Leadership & Volunteering

§ Participation in Youth Leadership Committee allows youth to feel empowered, valued, and provides a sense of ownership at the Centre

§ Encourages peer-to-peer communication to share ideas and visions for what they want the Centre to offer

§ Provides opportunities for youth to be positive role models to other youth and be mentors by assisting other youth who have challenges

§ Volunteering can provide a feeling of accomplishment, pride and personal awareness

§ Hours completed for OSSD allow a youth to obtain their high school education and move onto to further education or to the workforce

§ Skills learned while volunteering can be transferred to future work/volunteer experiences.

Social Development

§ Learn to effectively communicate and interact with others in a considerate, non-judgmental or abusive manner

§ Staff provides examples and role modelling of proper etiquette, lifestyle choices, and respectful behaviours by interacting with youth in the programs offered.

Career & Skills Development

§ Certification in various training programs allows a youth person to obtain employment when these certifications are required

§ Completion of programs provides youth with a feeling of accomplishment and confidence to proceed with future goals

§ Stipends obtained through Skills Link program allows participants to earn money for the work they do and instil a sense of independence and responsibility

§ Many youth are entering the workforce for the first time with support from the programming at the Youth Centre

§ Obtaining proper personal documentation allows a youth to obtain employment (Social Insurance Number, Birth Certificate, Ontario Photo Card)

Community, Youth Justice and Crisis Referral Services for Youth

§ Diversion program allows youth to benefit from the opportunity to make choices to affect their future

§ Youth can learn valuable employment/life skills from volunteer experience

§ Prevention/avoidance of a criminal record and probation allows a youth to remain out of the legal system and free from restrictions in their daily life that a criminal record can impose (traveling to another country, participating in activities, certain jobs)

§ Proper advocacy for youth means rights of the young person are upheld and not violated

Access and referral to prompt, appropriate and effective crisis resources are essential to ensure safety and prevention of harm to youth.

Children’s Resources on Wheels – CROW

Programs:

Child Care Subsidies are funds managed by Children’s Resources on Wheels Licensed Home Child Care. Families using Licensed Home Child Care are eligible for provincial subsidies if they qualify through income testing. There are several restrictions on provincial subsidies and the United Way subsidies have played an important role in ensuring continuity of care for families. Child Care Subsidies are funds for families who are, for various reasons, unable to cover the cost of childcare through regular (government) subsidies or full fees. Funds cover only a portion of childcare cost with Licensed Home Child Care. Extra costs are incurred when family emergencies arise, family breakdown or illness. Consistency for the child is the primary goal as well as reducing stress on families in crisis.

Angel Tree is a program delivered in partnership with the North Lanark County Community Health Centre. The program serves the geographic area north of Perth and west of Almonte and Carleton Place. This is a Christmas gift program for children in low-income families in the North Lanark region. These families cannot participate in the countywide Angel Tree program, as they are not CAS clients.

Target population:

Child Care subsidies: subsidies are available to parents with children between the ages of 0 and 12 years

Angel Tree: Angel Tree is available to children between the ages of 0 to 19 years

Benefits of program to targeted group:

Child Care Subsidies benefits: Assists with childcare expenses and ensures continuity of childcare. United Way funds subsidies that are not available to families through provincial subsidy funding.

Angel Tree: Provides gifts to families who would not qualify for CAS Angel Tree program.

CNIB:

Programs:

Low Vision Services: Low Vision Services staff conducts low vision assessments, provide information about eye conditions in plain language, clarify the impact of vision loss on functioning, and provide instruction on how to optimize remaining vision. Staff also provides instruction and make recommendations on consumer products, optical aids, and highly specialized technology based on each client’s residual vision.

Independent Living Skills: helps our clients build skills and confidence for performing daily living activities. An ILS Specialist visits clients at home and helps them learn safe ways of performing daily living activities such as home management, communication, personal care, financial management and shopping, meal preparation, and leisure/recreational activities. Through this service, clients can find out about community programs, financial subsidies, and other helpful resources available in their local area.

Orientation and Mobility Training: helps our clients learn safe ways to travel in both indoor and outdoor spaces. An O & M Specialist teaches clients how to find and cross intersections, ride public transit with confidence and reach community destinations such as the local grocery store, bank, or shopping mall. Through this service, clients can discover and learn how to navigate their environment and travel with vision loss easier and safer by using a white cane.

Target population:

Any resident of Lanark County with a vision loss that affects their ability to function on a daily basis. Clients can be children, youth, working-age adults, or seniors. Seventy per cent of our clients are over the age of 70. Many of our clients have additional health issues that affect their ability to adjust to vision loss. One hundred per cent of our clients are individuals with physical disabilities.

Benefits of program to targeted group:

· prevention of accidents, bumps, and falls as travel skills improve

· increased safety while traveling by using mobility aid, mental mapping, and other senses

· prevention of injuries by learning body protection techniques

· reduced social isolation

· reduced medication errors

· safe administration of insulin using talking glucometer and recording of readings

· reduced burns and fires in the kitchen

· access to print information and written news media and library services

· access to community concession information with CNIB ID card

· increased participation in daily living and recreational/leisure activities

· maintained or improved quality of life

Community & Primary Health Care

Programs:

· Caregiver Support Services (Lanark County) – comprehensive services for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, dementia, fragility or individuals and families who are experiencing other long term health conditions or special needs that can be assisted by our services. This includes support, counselling, education, and in-home respite. We also offer a Music and Memories luncheon for those with dementia, as well as special caregiver programs and support groups.

· Community Support Services (available in Althorpe/Bolingbroke) – includes

Meals on Wheels, Diners’ Clubs, Foot Care, Friendly Visiting, Telephone Reassurance, Client Intervention, Transportation, Home Help/Homemaking, Home Maintenance, and Repair.

Target population:

· Seniors

· Individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia

· Individuals who are frail

· Caregivers (of all ages)

Benefits of program to targeted group:

Community & Primary Health Care Mission Statement:

“Making a difference with the right care, the right way, at the right time”

Community & Primary Health Care Vision

“Healthy Choices. Healthy Communities. Exceptional Care.”

Community & Primary Health Care programs and services provide the support to residents of Lanark County that they require to empower them to stay safely a home. Services such as Caregiver Support, In-Home Respite, Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Telephone Reassurance, Client Intervention, Home Help/Homemaking, Home Maintenance, and Repair can mean the difference between independence and hospitalization or premature placement in a Long Term Care facility.

Community Home Support – Lanark County - To come

Family & Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville - To come

Lanark Community Justice Program Inc.

Programs:

We provide Community Justice Forum services to the residents of Lanark County & the Town of Smiths Falls.

We are promoting the use of restorative practices in schools and other organizations and we are part of a pilot project to bring restorative practices to the alternative TR Leger public schools.

Community Justice Forums are a form of Restorative Justice Practices. They bring together all parties affected by an incident of crime or other harmful behaviour to have a respectful, structured discussion about what happened and how the harm done can be repaired. The process is voluntary and both the accused and the persons harmed. Our volunteer facilitators help the group create a written agreement, outlining the action that the accused will take to repair the harm. Our staff assists and monitors the accused until the terms of the agreement have been met. We then report back to the referring agency. We receive referrals from the Crown Attorney, all police services, schools, and community members.

Target Population:

LCCJP provides services to all Lanark County residents touched by a criminal or harmful incident that is suitable for a Restorative Justice approach. Accused persons can be age 10 +, with the criteria that they are accepting responsibility for their actions and capable of understanding the forum process. Persons harmed include the victims themselves, their supporters, as well as the supporters of the accused. In 2012-2013, we received 46 referrals – 32 of these files involved youth.

Benefits of program to targeted group:

Accused persons benefit not only from avoiding a criminal record, but also from having the opportunity to take action to remove the shame and stigma resulting from their actions. Additionally, facing the harmed persons to hear their stories provides a fuller understanding that is not generally an outcome in the conventional justice system. This increased understanding on the part of the accused benefits the community by reduced rates of re-offending (recidivism).

The persons harmed benefit from having their stories heard and their questions answered, as well as participation in determining what measures the accused will take to “right the wrong”. Loss of control is a key factor in victimhood, and this process restores control in ways not available in the conventional justice system.

Lanark Highlands Youth Centre Inc.

Programs:

Drop- In Services

· Currently open 20 hours/week afterschool Monday-Friday to provide access to a safe and substance free environment where youth can gather socially, participate in programming, talk with staff and volunteers, access computers and Internet. Youth have access to referral to social services and other crisis intervention services.

Sports and Recreation Program

· Offered 2 hours/week at Maple Grove public school gym during the school year. Emphasis on participation, fun and fitness. We also have a large quantity of sports equipment for youth to use at the Youth Centre for outdoor activities (road hockey, basketball, football)

Cooking and Food program

· Every Friday evening, we prepare healthy food and teach food preparation skills. Provides a healthy meal and addresses youth food security issues.

· Healthy snacks everyday.

4H projects

· As part of a goal to increase opportunity for skill development, we began offering 4H projects through the Youth Centre during drop in sessions in fall 2010 (Photography Project). In 2011, we offered 4 projects and had 36 youth complete at least one project. The topics in 2011 were Chocolate, Veterinary Club, Gardening and Sports. In 2012 we offered 2 projects Drama and healthy Lifestyle with 32 participants. In 2013, we offered 3 projects. 4H projects provide opportunity to practice leadership skills, communication and critical thinking skills, as well as instil sense of responsibility, time management and commitment.

Homework Help program

· In 2013, we had an hour afterschool each day. We also have 3 volunteers come to the Centre to help youth with their homework.

Community participation and Points Program

· We offer opportunities for youth to participate in community events such as Adopt a Road, Christmas Parade, BBQs and other fundraisers. Our points program rewards youth on a points system for their participation and contributions.

Youth Garden Project

·Throughout the spring, summer and fall, we manage a vegetable garden located behind the Youth Centre. We use the produce in our cooking program and sell it by donation to raise funds for the Youth Centre.

Special Events and Excursions (Including Summer Excursion Program)

· We offer several special events for youth throughout the year including dances, parties at the Youth Centre, trips to the waterpark, movies, museums, hiking and canoeing. This increases recreational opportunities for youth, enhances participation and self confidence.

Target population:

In 2013, the Lanark Highlands Youth Centre served 118 youth, ages of 10-18. Most of these youth are from the Township of Lanark Highlands, but we also serve youth of neighbouring townships in Lanark County.

According to the Caring 4 Children, Child and Youth Community Profiles 2010 put out by the Lanark County Planning Council for Children, Youth and Families, Lanark Highlands scored higher than other all townships on the “Multiple Challenges Index” (between 8.1-10.9 % vulnerable) when testing younger children in our community. As these children grow up, they are often the youth that we see most frequently at the Youth Centre and they sometimes face a broad number of challenges in the areas of low income, employment, housing and family arrangements.

Benefits of program to targeted group:

The Youth Centre Drop-in Program fills an important gap in opportunities for recreation and extra-curricular education in the Lanark Highlands. With virtually no public transportation and the geographic hurdles of living in the Lanark Highlands, the Youth Centre provides a local hub for youth to gather and take part in quality free programming.

During our drop-in program, we offer projects and activities which will prepare youth for a future of positive education and personal success. In 2012, the Lanark community, through the parent council of the local school, identified that there is a real need for support for youth, both in the classroom and in the community. Our current youth membership includes a higher than average number of youth with learning and behavioural disabilities, social difficulties and other life stresses such as poverty, family break up and addictions. The Youth Centre has been successful in attracting these youth to our programs and offering the emotional and education support that they need. Our drop in program provides them with a safe place where they can be in the afterschool and evening hours where they can interact with other youth with the support of a caring adult close by. It gives youth the option to hang out in an environment where there are less negative pressures (drugs, bullying, etc…) and allows them the freedom to relax and be themselves.

In 2014 we plan to continue to increase the number of opportunities for youth to benefit from our programs by gaining employment skills. In 2013, we offered a Babysitting Training Course to youth members and 16 youth earned their certificate. This year, we are offering the course again (we have 16 youth registered), and we also have a youth career development centre in the basement of the Youth Centre.

Youth members stand to benefit in the areas of physical, mental and emotional health through participation at the Youth Centre. In a Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2005 by Lanark Health and Community Services, only 19% of community members responded that they felt that youth in our community have adequate resources to be healthy. They felt that youth "do not have enough activities and options for appropriate recreation" and that there is a "lack of appropriate and accessible mental health services for youth". Community members feel that gaps in resources could result in "increased drug and alcohol abuse and crime", and that there appears to be "key individuals/role models missing in the lives of some youth". They also mentioned that youth struggle with "poor nutrition, physical inactivity, poor body image, limited employment opportunities and addictions". In a survey completed in 2011 by the North Lanark Community Health Centre, community members again pointed out access to healthy foods, recreation and education about substance abuse for youth as critical issues for our community.

Mills Community Support Corporation

Programs:

· Friendly Visiting: Introduces two people who are looking for a friend or support.

· Security & Reassurance: a daily telephone call, at a specified time, that provides a friendly visit and safety check.

· Meals on Wheels: Provides nutritional options, a friendly visit, and safety check as well. Hot meals include: Soup, main course and dessert and are delivered daily to the client’s door by Home Support Volunteers, and are suitable to most diet restrictions.

· Congregate Dining: A hot 3-course meal that includes juice & dessert as well
as free transportation, an opportunity to learn something new, or be entertained. Also under our congregate dining umbrella we offer:

· the “Fit as a Fiddle” weekly exercise & lunch program,

· Music & Memories lunch for people with memory loss that’s overseen by the Alzheimer Outreach nurse Patti Lennox,

· Home Support Hikers who for 8 months of the year hike local Lanark Nature Trails and enjoy a picnic lunch, as well as monthly outings to museums, shopping, and theatres.

· Foot Care Clinic: Professional care of the skin and nails of the feet. To maintain the comfort, health of the feet, and prevent infection.

· Escorted Transportation: To provide assistance and non-urgent transportation to medical appointments as well as social and shopping outings.

· Handi-bus Accessible Transportation – (16 - 21 Passengers, 2 wheelchair positions) is available for medical or social transportation for individuals, small groups, or organizations.

· Arthritis aqua-fitness program: Home Support volunteer bus drivers take folks over to the Carleton Place pool every Monday.

· Home Maintenance, Respite Care / Personal Companion, Housecleaning: A range of services that take the worry out of maintaining our client(s) home, and caregiver relief for families needing a break.

· Client Intervention and Assistance: A support service that provides intervention, information, and assistance to vulnerable and at risk seniors, and persons with physical disabilities, to assist them in coping with the everyday tasks of living in the community, and refer to the appropriate agency(s) to accomplish this goal.

· Free Income Tax Clinic: The Ottawa Chapter of the Certified General Accountants and trained local volunteers prepare income tax returns.

Target population:

Seniors 65+ and adults 18+ with physical disabilities

Benefits of program to targeted group:

The supports offered through Senior Services Home Support program assist seniors and persons with disabilities to live safe, independent lives at home and to participate in their community as they choose.

Smiths Falls & District Club for Youth:

List programs:

Fitness and Health Promotion

Physical exercise and recreation - Our fitness activities provide opportunities for youth to be physically active every day with focus on fun and learning, and we offer all our fitness activities including kick boxing for free.

Nutrition program / Community Garden space - For the past three years we have grown our own produce and used it to supplement our nutrition program.

Zendragon – Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing

Ongoing Learning

Homework Help

Computer Access - We provide free computer access and tutoring to youth to aid their success in school.

Collaborative projects with schools - We also work collaboratively with schools to support students with cooperative education opportunities and adult allies for the gay straight alliance groups.

Free Tutoring

Community Involvement

Youth volunteering, community beautification, outreach activities - Last year our youth gave over 600 hours in community volunteering.

We also offer supportive counseling for mental illness, suicide, family stress, healthy relationships, criminal justice system stress, and school related issues.

Target population:

We serve youth ages 10-18

Benefits of program to targeted group:

Youth are positively engaged in the community, their fitness levels are increased, their diets are improved, and they have opportunities to address difficulties and challenges in a supportive and safe environment.

During program delivery, the importance regarding fostering an inclusive environment is modelled.

Take Young People Seriously

List programs:

· After School Program - a drop-in centre for youth aged 12-18, open Monday-Thursday 2:30 to 8:00, and Friday 2:30 – 9:00. The centre offers pool, air hockey, Wii, wireless internet, games, snacks, someone to talk with about your day, homework support, and a range of workshops and activities.

· Outreach Activities – most notable is the Mental Health Outreach program, a 2 ½ year Trillium funded legacy project bringing youth training and education as well as professional development to Almonte and across Lanark County.

· Recreation Programs – Activities such as yoga day, Tai Chi in the Garden, Holiday Dinners, Dances, 37 Skills, and movie marathons, with a primary goal of being physically active, creative, and/or fun.

· Education and Skill-Building Activities – Workshops, field trips, or ongoing projects which teach useful content or skills related to issues such as local foods, human rights, history, art, environmental sustainability, health, crafts, life skills, or music.

· Nutrition Programs – Providing healthy snacks on an ongoing basis through our open kitchen; activities and workshops supporting the development of skills or knowledge related to food and nutrition.

· 37 Skills

· Homeless support

· Mental Health Outreach (with the schools)

· Professional Development

Target population:

All of our funds target 12 to 18 year olds. Because we have an open door policy for special events, we have had many people through our doors in 2014 including seniors, people with physical disabilities, people with intellectual disabilities, children, and babies.

Benefits of program to targeted group:

· Our programs are diverse and thus offer a range of benefits.

· Many TYPS clients are latchkey kids or from single parent homes; they use TYPS as a safe, supportive place to be until their parent(s) get home from work. As the after-school period is the time in which most youth crime occurs and children are most vulnerable to initiating high-risk behaviours, we see the centre’s after-school program as a very valuable community service.

· Several youth in crisis used TYPS as a safe place to ask for help in 2014. Youth centres are recognized as highly efficient sites of early intervention, associated with the reduction in youth crime and other high-risk behaviours.

· Our arts, recreation, and other educational programs provide free access to enrichment that many kids could not otherwise obtain.

· TYPS’ presence with youth volunteers at community events helps break down anti-youth stereotypes and prejudices, and supports greater community cohesion.

· We offer youth opportunities to be of service and learn new skills; this supports their self-esteem.

· The chronic complaint of youth in rural areas is that “there’s nowhere to go” and “nothing to do.” TYPS addresses both of these problems. Children have a right (and need) to play; youth centres like TYPS help to meet that need.

· Hunger is a hidden but serious problem in our community; TYPS’ open kitchen helps feed kids that may have few other safe, welcoming places to go for a free meal. Our inclusive policies ensure that poor kids are not singled out or stigmatized.

The Canadian Hearing Society

Programs:

The Canadian Hearing Society offers 5 programs to the Lanark County community: Hearing Care Counselling, General Support Services, Ontario Interpreting Services, CONNECT Mental Health Counselling, & Communication Devices Program.

The programs complement each other and work together to ensure quality of life is attained and maintained for individuals 16+ who are or who live with a Culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing person. Individuals accessing these programs are provided with the tools needed to remove social, economic, and emotional barriers.

The 2 programs UWLC funds are:

1) Hearing Care Counselling (HCC) (55 + years)

  • The HCC program provides professional counselling, communication support and hearing care information to older adults with acquired hearing loss (55 years and older) their families and caregivers and to young adults over age 19 who have other health challenges that require in-home services in accordance with the Ministry of Health Long Term Care Act.
  • Family members and/or service providers are offered education, support, and training to enhance their capacity to be supportive of and assist those with hearing loss.
  • Additionally, the HCC program lends, demonstrates, and sells specialized technical devices and Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) that enhance communication and safety.

The purpose of the HCC Program is to support seniors with acquired hearing loss to better communication, in-home safety, and to reduce the risk of social isolation and depression.

2) General Support Services (GSS) (16 – 55 years)

  • GSS provides information and counselling to individuals age sixteen and older who are Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and/or hard of hearing, their families, caregivers, and service providers.
  • The major focus of the program is crises intervention and assistance with housing, family, employment, legal, health and social service.
  • The GSS program works with other community agencies, hospitals, and police to create accessible services.
  • It provides consultation regarding cultural and linguistic needs and encourages the use of sign language interpreters, access note-takers and technical devices to create equity for Deaf, deafened and/or hard of hearing members of the community.

The mandate of the GSS program is to support individuals who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing to have their community and social/health service needs met and to obtain the information and support needed to participate in the community.

Target population:

The Target population of The Canadian Hearing Society is individuals residing in Lanark County who are 16 years and over who are culturally Deaf, oral Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing, their families, service providers, employers and caregivers.

According to the 2006 consensus, there are 63, 785 people living in Lanark county. The Canadian Hearing Society conducted an awareness survey in 2002 and found that 1 in 4 people are affected by hearing loss. This represents 15, 946 people that could benefit from CHS services.

Benefits of program to targeted group:

One in ten people experience hearing loss up to the age of 65 at which time it escalates to more than 50% of the population over the age of 65 to 80% plus over the age of 80 years.

Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals require specialized communication services to bridge communication, barriers in order to support the management of daily activities of life. The Canadian Hearing Society is the only non-profit agency that provides services to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals in Southeast Ontario including Lanark County.

The targeted group will benefit by receiving counseling, education, information, accessibility, advocacy, and support that will have a positive impact to their health and daily lives. The program objective is to assist our consumers so that they can continue to participate in the community in which they live and so that they can live safely and independently.

Hearing Care counsellors conduct visits at home throughout Lanark County and bi-monthly clinics are conducted at the North Lanark County Community Health Centre.

General Support Service counsellors objective is to help clients overcome language and cultural barriers in everyday situations so that they are able to participate in the community and benefit from services in the community in which they live.

An ongoing area of focus is on the need for more education about fire alarms; these are mandatory and necessary for saving lives. For people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened or hard of hearing visual smoke detectors are used to alert them to a fire, however these devices cost 30 times more to purchase and must be installed by an electrician.

Since communication is a two way street, counsellors often interact with family members, caregivers, service providers and employers so that everyone learns about communication strategies and communication devices that will facilitate access to information for our clients.

The Adult Learning & Training Centre -To come

Tri-County Dental Coalition

List programs:

1. Dental Treatment Fund

The Dental Treatment Fund program has been in operation since August 2011 and provides up to $200 per individual 18 years old and over who is experiencing dental pain or infection, has no dental coverage of any kind, and cannot afford to pay for dental services.

Applications from eligible individuals throughout Lanark County (as well as Leeds and Grenville Counties through separate funding) are accepted and screened by a dental coordinator who directs all applicants to appropriate programs, including those not offered through the Tri-County Dental Coalition.

Applicants who are eligible for the Dental Treatment Fund make an appointment with a dentist in their own community. The dentist then bills the TCDC directly for the services provided. Dentists typically provide the services at a lower rate, as identified in the Ministry of Community and Social Services guide.

2. Denture Program

In 2013, several denturists throughout Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties (Smiths Falls, Kemptville and Brockville) agreed to provide full or partial dentures at deeply discounted rates - $350 full, $175 half/partial – during their traditionally slow time of year). Full sets of dentures from a denturist cost upwards from $1110 and are even more expensive through dentist offices. This resource has allowed us to provide a combination of 7 half to full sets of dentures per year to eligible clients. Eligibility is based on the same criteria as the Dental Treatment Fund with the exception that the client’s teeth must have been extracted 6 months prior to the denture fitting. his program costs $1750 per year; half of which will be allocated to Lanark County residents.

Please note: the Pro Bono Clinic is no longer offered die to changes in circumstances of the dentist who offered the service.

Target population:

Both programs:
The target population for both programs are residents of Lanark County over the age of 18 who are experiencing dental pain and/or infection, who do not have any type of dental insurance or coverage, and who would experience financial hardship if they had to pay for dental treatment without financial assistance. The target population tends to be the working poor and seniors without dental plans – individuals who are not covered by the limited governmental programs for dental coverage for adults.

Benefits of program to targeted group:

Both programs:

1. Relief from physical pain.

2. Cure for infection which can pose systemic risks.

3. Reduction of barrier created travel, i.e. they can access care in their home community rather than have to travel to a central clinic

4. Financial support in the form of a $200 treatment supplement.

5. For denture clients, relief from pain and health issues related to poor diets often associated with no teeth.

Youth Action Kommittee – YAK

List programs:

1. Youth Service Program (Drop-in After School Program, comprising of various sub-programs and activities):

· Dinner Program

· Recreational Program

· Art & Music workshops

· Leadership workshops and activities (community engagement)

· Early Prevention/Intervention (workshops and referrals concerning substance use, mental health, general health, sexual health, healthy relationships, dating violence, bullying, etc.)

· Homeless Youth Support (one-on-one support related to accessing ID, obtaining temporary or permanent housing, employment and financial support when available.)

YAK’s Drop-in Centre provides a safe, judgement and label free environment for Lanark County’s youth. Our Drop-in centre is geared towards youth socialization through recreation. We offer various activities including a pool table, air hockey table, tons of sports equipment, various arts & crafts, musical instruments and much more. A typical day in this centre hosts an average 25 youth a night from the time they finish school until the evening. Our Drop-in centre provides youth with many opportunities to earn high school community service and co-op hours either in the centre or at special community events. These community partnerships provide opportunities for learning, skill building and early networking.

In addition, our drop-in centre provides easily accessible services to youth in need. YAK’s staff offers assistance in counselling, crisis intervention, service referrals, and can assist the youth to overcome many other unique challenges.

YAK’s daily dinner program is also a big hit with youth. The youth and staff prepare different meals every night of the week. Through cooking, youth have a chance to develop important life skills like planning, budgeting, cleaning and, of course, cooking.

2. Move it! After School Program

· Fitness, nutrition and healthy living promotion program

· Free snacks & healthy living mentoring 3 hours every school day.

We all know how important it is these days to keep our bodies moving doing activities we love. It gets harder and harder with the screens we have to look at and desks we need to sit at. As we get older, it is even more difficult to find activities that we actually enjoy doing, especially when faced with something new, something that we have never had a chance to experience before. The Move It! After school program looks to bridge that gap in life, to make functional movement a part of everyday life by experiencing as many activities as possible in an inclusive, supportive environment. We also aim to help youth make responsible nutrition choices through education and preparation by learning how to incorporate more healthy foods into everyday life, while still enjoying food. The program guides youth to make choices that promote esteem and self-respect, while having fun and learning to stay active. We have ventured into the world of archery, played some rounds of golf, hiked around Perth and attended a weekly yoga class, have started a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Boot Camp and have even more new adventures planned for the upcoming year!

YAK’s After School Snack Program is run through the Move it! program. It focuses on teaching youth to prepare and enjoy snacks that are free of sugars, fats and artificial flavours.

3. Skills Link: Employment Readiness Program for high-risk youth.

· Based in Perth, the program serves youth from any community in the vicinity of Perth, Smiths Falls (within 35 km of each town).

As part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, YAK’s Skills Link program is an 18-week program that provides youth with barriers to employment with the necessary skills and experience to prepare participants for the labour market.

Eight participants begin Skills Link by spending two weeks completing ‘Group Based Employability Skills’. Here, resume writing, cover letters, interview skills, workplace etiquette and other related topics are discussed and put into practice. Training and certificates are also obtained during this time such as CPR/First Aid, WHIMS, Smart Serve, and Safe Food and Handling. Service providers also attend this portion of Skills Link to present on topics of LGBTQ, addictions, community food centres available, harm reduction, and other various community based initiatives. Participants take part in community projects while the importance of community involvement is discussed.

For the remaining 16 weeks, Employability Skills through Work Placement is completed as the Skills Link Program works with local employers to place participants in jobs of that meet their interests and passions. Here, youth are able to gain hands on skills at the workplace. Employers and the Skills Link Program Coordinator work together to ensure that participants are being given the best learning opportunities possible at the workplace while proving weekly support and feedback. A variety of work placements have been arranged for the 2013-2014 Skills Link of YAK Youth Services including labour in animal care, computer repairs and maintenance, culinary, non-profit organizations, computer animation, and horse farms.

Throughout the program, youth are also enrolled back into school to work towards completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma or completing courses to prepare them for college or university. Participants are given the opportunity to explore options for future employment or post-secondary education with support of youth centre staff.

By graduation of the program, participants have developed skills and knowledge needed to make positive choices and further themselves personally and through employment. We are pleased to report that our first Skills Link project with this new Work Experience model has been quite successful. Of the 8 youth that participated, 4 returned to school, 2 are working at the place of their employment placement and the other 2 have plans to attend college in the Fall.

Target population:

Youth between the ages of 10 to 18

(Special projects such as Skills Link target youth between 16 and 24. These projects are fully funded and are outside the scope of United Way Funding.)

Benefits of program to targeted group:

YAK provides youth with valuable experiences of personal development, opportunities for spontaneous socialization, and exposure to the benefits of positive role models. Community youth come to the centre voluntarily creating stellar opportunities for youth engagement initiatives, which generate the following outcomes:

1. Increased youth engagement opportunities

2. Enhanced life skills development

3. Increased fitness, health, and nutrition

4. Increased knowledge of personal and sexual health

5. Increased opportunities for social development

6. Increased recreational opportunities

7. Increased literacy skills

8. Enriched volunteer opportunities

9. Referrals to partner agencies

10. Support for youth and families as they navigate through social services

 
 
 
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