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KINGSTON, FRONTENAC, LENNOX & ADDINGTON Children and Youth Services Planning Committee

Girls Inc. free virtual summer camps

The time has come – our Girls Inc. FREE Virtual Summer Day Camps are ready for registration! The flyer is attached with all of the camps available this summer, and you can click on any of the weeks listed on the left hand side to get to the online registration form, which can also be found here. There, you can sign up for all of the camps you are interested in!

All of the camps were created for girls in grades 4-5 and 6-8, and all campers will receive the supplies they need to participate!

Please review the registration form carefully for all of the details you need, and contact Justine Marchand with questions or for assistance at 613-561-4487 or justinemarchand@girlsinclimestone.ca.

In order to deliver the supply kits to all campers before camps begin, please submit your registration no later than Monday, June 15th!  This will ensure we have enough time to purchase and assemble the kits for delivery!

Girls Inc. Limestone 2021 Summer Day Camps

CARE4YOU Conference Registration is free this year!

For 10 years, the CARE4YOU Conference has focused on engaging, inspiring and refuelling helping professionals who work in high-stress and trauma-exposed environments.

On this our 11th year, and after what has unfolded around the world, this conference feels more important than ever. Join us as we talk about caring for ourselves, caring for each other and caring for our communities.

The virtual conference will be 5 individual sessions that will take place between 9:00AM and 4:30PM EST on Friday, June 25th.  You will be able to sign up to participate “real time” on June 25th or you can watch the recorded sessions which will be hosted on the CARE4YOU website for the month of July.

Click here for more information and to register.

Every Child Matters

We extend our sympathies to survivors, families and First Nations communities affected by this  tragedy.  The discovery of this mass grave will serve as a difficult reminder for survivors of residential schools and their families, and a reminder of traumas they have endured.
The National Indian Residential School Crisis line is 1-866-925-4419. Kids Help Phone can be accessed 24/7 by calling  1-800-668-6868 or visit the Kids Help Phone website for text and chat

Board Governance Training

The CYSPC has partnered with the United Way who is offering a 5 part webinar series on Board Governance.  Designed for Board members and Senior Management Teams topics cover Risk, Financial Stewardship, Roles & Responsibilities and Strategic Planning.   CYSPC member agencies have FREE access to the series.  To register contact cyspc@baingroup.ca  

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SACK Kingston Launches Text & Chat Program – LiveHelpNow!

Text: 613-544-6424

Chat: Look for the icon on the bottom right hand corner of www.sackingston.com

Crisis line: 613-544-6424/1-877-544-6424

 

SAC Kingston has officially launched our Text and Chat Program through the platform LiveHelpNow! 

 

What is it?

Text and Chat is an instant messaging support service that is available via texting from your phone, or through the instant messaging chat window on our website.

 

Our goal?

To provide KFL&A an accessible, safe,  and trauma-informed service that empowers survivors to build distress tolerance skills and provides them with support that allows  survivors to move past their trauma.

 

Who is it for?

Similar to our telephone crisis line, our Text and Chat Program offers support to individuals who have been impacted by sexual and gender based violence, as well as their support persons.

 

Why use a text & chat line?

Allowing survivors to choose the method of service returns the feeling of power and control back to the survivor. This is why we believe providing options for survivors is important.

 

Experiences with sexual and gender based violence can be very challenging to discuss verbally, and some people find it easier and more comfortable to talk about through written communication. Our Text and Chat Program allows people to seek support in a way that feels comfortable for them. Persons with varying levels of abilities may find digital communication more accessible.  Some people may also prefer digital communication as it can offer a form of anonymity by not having their voice heard.

 

With the emphasis on choice, survivors can now receive support privately when they are in a location where they may not be safe or comfortable discussing it verbally, such as anywhere in the public sphere, or if they live with their abuser. This new program allows us to increase access to our services and offer support to people, wherever they may be.

 

When is it available?

At the moment, the Text and Chat Program is only available on Tuesdays from 9am-3pm. We hope to expand these hours in the future.

 

What about privacy?

We take your privacy very seriously. LiveHelpNow! is a secure platform that encrypts all data to protect your information.

 

While our Text and Chat Program is not anonymous, it is confidential. This means we do not require service-users share any personal information to access services unless they choose to do so.

 

Service-users can choose to share their name or location so our facilitators can help connect them with services in their community, but it is not mandatory to provide this information.

 

Currently, in our test phase, our online facilitators are able to see service-users phone number if they text, or their IP address if you are accessing the service online, however this information remains confidential and will not be shared without your consent.

 

We will never share any of your personal information without your consent, with the exception of our Duty to Report.

 

What is our Duty to Report?

There are three (3) different instances where we are obligated to involve an external agency including:

  1. If the service-user is or has disclosed knowledge of a child in need of protection under the age of 16 years old.
  2. If the service-user has disclosed that they are planning on hurting themselves and have shared identifying information.
  3. If the service-user discloses that they plan on hurting someone else. Facilitators will not engage in discussions with individuals about acts of perpetration that have committed.

 

We are grateful for your patience in revamping and relaunching this program. During our relaunch period, we invite feedback from the community to ensure the program is meeting the needs of the intended audience.

 

Questions and feedback can be submitted directly to Samantha Galati,  the Volunteer and Crisis Line Coordinator, via phone (613) 545-0762 ext. 103 or via email at volunteer@sackingston.com

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