Our focus on Healthy People, Strong Communities is apparent in the way that we aim to educate and engage the community. United Way’s goals include improving access to social and health related support, to mobilize and support resident and community engagement, and to support community integration and settlement. Funded agencies are committed to providing services that help build relationships, generate awareness and gives someone a second chance.
Some of the programs that the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk fund that help to build a strong and healthy community are:
Family Services Counselling Clinic – Professional psychotherapy is provided to couples, individuals and families who are struggling with personal/relationship issues and/or require mental health counselling, but may lack the means to pay for this resource.
Mental Health Literacy Program – Mental health education and support is provided as a way to assist with ending the stigma against mental health. This includes presentations, pamphlets, and engagement initiatives to inform and educate while providing support to those in need.
Club T.R.U.E. (Together, Recreation, Understanding & Enjoyment) – This program offers a safe and supportive place for those living with mental illness. Included in the program are scheduled activities and events, providing a consistent routine which stimulates mental health.
Path to Possibilities Individuals with mental illness living in supportive housing learn skills to live independently, such as budgeting, healthy eating, grocery shopping, critical thinking, empathy, self-awareness, problem solving, communication, stress management and interpersonal relationship building.
New Horizons Respite Service – Registered caregivers are provided to families caring full-time for an individual with a developmental disability offering a temporary break. This allows these individuals much-needed time to complete tasks and/or practice self-care.
Bereaved Families of Ontario – South Central Region – Training volunteers in grief and bereavement support, as well as how to facilitate grief support groups for the Haldimand-Norfolk grieving population. Every grieving family will benefit from the program ranging from children to seniors, providing a safe-non-judgmental grief support by highly trained and compassionate grief support facilitators who have also experienced a significant loss.
CYPRESS 55+ – This program offers a friendly and unique place for adults 55 years and older to gather for activities varying from health and wellness to crafts, yoga, and more.