- summer camp
- weekly respite
- life skills
counselling(group and individual)
- teen programs
- young adult programs
Powerhouse in Schools
Since 2014 we have been delivering our Powerhouse in Schools Program in partnership with school boards in Niagara and Haldimand Norfolk Regions.
A young caregiver’s development, including personal, physical, emotional and social, can all be affected by their family’s situation and by their caregiving role. In one study, young carers disclosed that they kept their caregiving role a secret and that their friends did not understand their situations. Many feared rejection and being different from their peers. Given that young caregivers tend to spend the majority of their time either at school or at home, the value of establishing awareness and programming within schools is a logical step to accessing this hidden population. In line with research revealing that young caregivers are reluctant to take breaks or socialize because they feel they should stay home and help around the house, we are aware that after-school and evening programming means additional time away from the household, which at times is stressful for our young caregivers. Taking programming to the schools is viewed as a win-win for all involved; the young caregivers receive service without the issues of transportation barriers and time constraints.
Schools play an important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of children and youth and are ideally positioned to help identify and support young caregivers. Having Powerhouse programming delivered in schools helps to reduce feelings of isolation while strengthening caregiving students’ capacity to cope with their life circumstances.