Family Centre Newsletter Spring 2020

“CONNECTION NEWSLETTER”


OUR VISION:
A caring community where children and their families thrive.

OUR MISSION:
Building relationships with families and communities for the well-being and safety of children and youth.
Be involved...Be inspired...Be connected

Month of June - Celebrating:
Pride Month
National Indigenous History Month

The Family Centre recognizes that violence against Black People is the result of historic and ongoing structural legacies. We are committed to continuously striving towards challenging and dismantling the structures that perpetuate interpersonal and social-political racism against Black People. Also, we are committed to anti-racism philosophy and action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and other racialized minorities. The Family Centre is a caring, knowledgeable and an action oriented community.

We believe Black Lives Matter!

Manager's Message
As we currently operate under the unusual circumstances created by COVID-19, we yearn to go back to the familiar and older ways of living, working and connecting with one another. While the struggles with COVID-19 continue to emerge and unfold, we want to tell the Corona Virus and the world around us that we are determined to stay, to grow and to contribute to the well-being of our communities as a collective. Our present circumstances require us to slow down and pay attention to how we are managing our lives and how others are managing their lives. Click here to learn more...

A COMMUNITY OF COLLABORATION
Although our doors have temporarily been closed The Family Centre’s team and In-House Partners have been working behind the scenes to continue connecting with you. We are intentional about collaboration; building community in four ways:

In-House Partnerships: Working closely with a broad range of partner organizations that run services, supports, and programs out of The Family Centre.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: Collaborating proudly with a number of community organizations to offer programming, events and supporting many members of the Waterloo Region community. Over the years, we have seen these partnerships grow -and are looking forward to what the future will bring!

COMMUNITY RENTALS: The Family Centre has various meeting rooms and other multi-purpose facilities such as our gym/auditorium which is utilized by a very larger number of community organizations and groups. Rent is nominal as the purpose is to have low cost and high quality meeting and training space available in our community.

SPECIAL PROJECTS: Currently, there are three projects:

Morning Glory Café at The Family Centre, is a social enterprise that supports work and life- skills development in youth referred to the program through Family & Children’s Services in partnership with Ray of Hope.

Community Hub, is an innovative incubator project for small and start-up not-for-profit groups and organizations, running out of The Family Centre. Members are:
  • Helped and encouraged to build their own sustainability.
  • Supported to grow their capacity to serve the community through mentorship (provided by Capacity Canada), learning opportunities, sharing resources and collaborative partnerships.
The Resilience Project, offering high quality, evidence-based programming to build resiliency in vulnerable children, youth and families, funded by Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. Click here to learn more...

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS.

We offer groups for parents grieving the death of an infant or child, as well as a mixed-loss, open groups for adults grieving a death, and one specifically for individuals grieving a death by substance use. Click here to learn more...
Bridges to Belonging is a grassroots, relationship-based organization of independent facilitators and community connectors who work alongside youth, adults and seniors with disabilities and dual diagnosis to live, work and play as citizens, develop networks of support and experience belonging in a community. Click here to learn more..
Hummingbird Centre for Hope provides ongoing peer support to widowed parents. Our main focus is to build a community of hope and support to our widowed parents and their children. We do this through our peer support model that focuses on the practical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of grief. Click here to learn more...
KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. Nationally, KidSport comprises a network of 11 provincial/territorial KidSport chapters and 166 community KidSport chapters. Click here to learn more...
Our Place is a non-profit organization supporting the belonging, well-being, and engagement of children and their families throughout Waterloo Region. Our Place actively engages in inquiry projects, collaborating with community partners and developing programs that offer learning opportunities to promote optimal development of children, healthy families and a strong community. Click here to learn more…
Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is a registered charity that supports children, youth, and adults with disabilities at all life stages, as well as their families. WRFN was founded in 2009 by a group of families who realized that no single community agency can meet every need. Click here to learn more...

THE RESILIENCE PROJECT UPDATE!

The Resilience Project team is very excited to be offering the following virtual groups. All groups are using the Zoom platform and therefore internet access is needed to participate. For more information:
Email: ResilienceProject@facswaterloo.org or call 519-576-0540 x3495.

MUSIC ACADEMY:

Learn about and create music in this fun group! Work individually and collaboratively as a band to create original pieces and covers! Discover the ukulele, keyboard, drums, and more!

PLAYER’S THEATRE

Through learning the basics of acting and theatre, children will gain confidence as they work and learn together while building friendships!

CREATIVE SPACE

Get creative with different tools and supplies. Through creating art children will gain confidence, explore their imaginations, and have fun with new friends!

CONNECTED CAREGIVERS

An opportunity for caregivers to come together and chat within a supportive environment about parenting adolescents during this uncertain time.
June 3 - June 25

VIRTUAL MINI ME TO WE

A weekly gathering that helps children recognize their strengths in order to increase their resilience; We will provide guided learning activities as well as discussion on feelings and opportunities to give bak to their community.
June 4-25

VIRTUAL MINDFULNESS HANGOUT FOR KIDS AND CAREGIVERS

Often times, we find that we are reactive to life and the stimuli around us. Mindfulness allows tu respond rather than react to life.
June 4-25

GAB AND GO

We know families are busy, come, stay as long as you can, take any information you want and bring what you need to chat about.
June 22/26

CAREGIVER CONNECT ONLINE CHAT

An opportunity for caregivers to come together and chat within a supportive environment about parenting school aged children during this uncertain time.June 23/25

VIRTUAL-ART-LY SPEAKING: Fun ONLINE to try with your children

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY

SOME HUMOUR FOR THE TIMES…

LIFE CAMS...ENJOY SOME WILDLIFE

NEW LEARNING

Online events are virtual and highly interactive, where people come together to learn and be entertained on the web.
Are you familiar with Zoom?
If not, here are a few tips that hope will help you.
Take a look at this web link to a five-minute YouTube video from Geeks on Tour showing how to use Zoom for the very first time: https://www.youtube.com/embed/kh50kVaIdAY

Feel free to pass it along to others who are new to Zoom.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

If you like to share acts of kindness, have ideas to share, have questions, contact us!
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Contact us:
The Family Centre
65 Hanson Ave. - Kitchener, ON N2C 2H6
Phone: 519-772-4399
Family Centre Manager: 519-576-0540 ext. 2762
Room Booking and questions: 519-576-0540 ext. 2605
Email: FamilyCentreBooking@facswaterloo.org
Website: https://www.facswaterloo.org/familycentre
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