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Raising a family is one of the most important jobs you will ever do, but it's also one of the hardest! Luckily in Halifax we are home to an incredible local organization called Family SOS. They are there to help support all local families during their journeys AND they also run some pretty cool activities for kids and youth - and it's all free! Today we shine a spotlight on this organization and some of the amazing programs they offer to help local families.
Family SOS is a child-centred, non-profit organization and their primary goal is to build strong and healthy families. They offer a range of free programs - both in your home, school, and community - to address many of those challenges we all face, and through all the years of parenting from newborn up to teens. This local, grassroots organization has been changing lives since its inception in 1978 and they make an effort to support all parents or caregivers in the Halifax region, regardless of their situation.
Some of the programs for kids that they offer include Healthy Teenz and Healthy Kidz afterschool/summer programs. Their innovative Teenz Talk in-school program give teens a safe space to discuss important issues such as mental health and self-care. Their Kidz Connect in-school program is aimed at children in grade four and focuses on cyber safety, mental health, and bullying (both in person and online).
They also run the BEEA Honey with Heart which is a youth-led social enterprise project where youth learn how to manage beehives and harvest the honey to sell, along with the opportunity to attend small business seminars and local events to promote their honey - how cool is that?!
They also offer free programs for parents! Positive Parenting for Moms and Positive Parenting for Dads, starting September 27 and September 24, respectively (registration is required - call 902-455-5515).
Kayla O'Hearn, In-Home Support Worker with Family SOS, says the Positive Parenting Program gives parents and caregivers a chance to connect and support each other while learning and implementing new parenting tools. Topics include: positive parenting techniques, communication, conflict management, co-parenting, punishment vs. discipline, emotional wellness, and stress management.
Each group runs for two hours per week for eight weeks at their main office at 2006 Gottigen Street. They're committed to removing barriers to participation too so if bus tickets and/or childcare are needed for you to attend the group let them know and they'll do their best to accommodate you.
They'll also have a Support Worker available this fall for drop-in parenting support every Thursday from 9 am-11 am, starting September 13 at 4 Cranberry Court (no pre-registration required). They'll also have In-Home Support Workers available to come directly to your residence!
These support staff members "work collaboratively with parents and caregivers of children and youth (0-17) to create a parenting plan based on their self-identified parenting goals," explains O’Hearn.
"We aim to provide a holistic, strength-based, one-on-one parent education approach," she says. "In-Home Support workers meet with parents and/or caregivers in their current residence on a regular basis, whether it is their own home, apartment, family or friends’ homes, or shelters. Parents and guardians are not required to have their children in their care to receive services."
If you wish to access their services, or learn more about what they offer, you can visit their website by clicking here or call them directly at 902-455-5515.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you are inspired to help support their programming, you can do so through monetary or in kind donation items. Some items that are always in need include:
Grocery store gift cards
Personal care items
Socks, hats, and mittens
They also host an incredible fundraising event, The Courage to Give Back Awards, in the new year where they shine a spotlight on people making a difference in the lives of others. To nominate an award recipient or attend the event, visit their website at www.familiysos.ca or call them directly at 902-455-5515.