Thursday, June 14, 2012

Celebrating Young Carers

Over the next week there will events across Niagara and Haldimand County supporting and celebrating Young Carers and their families.  These events will shine a spotlight on Young Carers and raise awareness of the issues and the need for us to support and recognize youth for their contributions.  These events have been arranged through the Powerhouse Project Young Carers Initiative.

I know that having MS impacts not only me but my whole family.  In our area we have started up programs to provide life skills, support and recreational opportunities to children who live in families facing chronic illness, disability, addiction, and language barriers.  These programs have offered my kids an opportunity to meet people in similar situations and have fun.

Do you have Youth Caregiver/ Young Carers programs in your area?  What do you love about the programs?  What would you like to see happen in them?  I'd love to hear about what is happening in your neck of the woods!





Niagara Events
Flag Raising at St.Catharines City Hall with Mayor Brian McMullan
Monday June 18th @ 9:30 am

Information Booth at the St.Catharines Central Library
Wednesday June 20th @ 1:00 – 4:00pm

Powerhouse Project Documentary Debut at the St.Catharines Central Library
Wendesday June 20th @ 6:30-7:30pm

Carer’s Week Celebration at Queenston Heights Memorial Park in Niagara Falls
Friday June 22nd @ 5:00 – 7:30pm
Haldimand County and Norfolk
Meet and Greet BBQ
 Monday June 18th @ 5:00 – 8:00pm

Powerhouse Project 101 Presentation to the Community at the Haldimand Abilities Centre
Wednesday June 20th @ 11:00am – 12:00

Hagersville Scavenger Hunt
Friday June 22nd @ 5:00 – 9:00pm

2 comments:

Donna Thomson said...

Hi, My name is Donna Thomson and I'm a Mum of a young man with complex disabilities. I'm also an author and blogger (website is www.donnathomson.com). Anyway, I lived in the UK for five years and as you may know, there's quite an interest in the issue of young carers over there. Eg this article : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1551103/The-175000-young-carers-with-no-chance-for-childhood.html I'm living back in Canada now. Good luck with your initiative! It's such an important issue.

Kim said...

Thank you so much Donna for commenting. It is nice to hear from other families!

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