From Poverty To Possibility
Making Play Possible (Children's Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville)
Website: Making Play Possible
Making Play Possible Facilitates access to recreational activities for children and youth of Leeds-Grenville, so they will grow up physically and mentally strong.
Making Play Possible provides:
- Financial support for registration, equipment or transportation for children and youth participating in recreational activities.
- Assistance connecting families and/or youth to recreational providers.
- Referrals to vital community services or other sources of support.
- Support for children, youth or families coping with mental health challenges that hinder participation.
- A warm, friendly face-to-face service.
We include most social, artistic and sporting activities in our definition of “recreation”.
Making Play Possible provides support to families and individuals, helping them to connect with other community organizations and recreational programming, fulfilling a function that far surpasses the average financial assistance program.
We are committed to helping children and youth access recreation, with whatever kind of support they may need. When in doubt, it never hurts to ask us!
Guthrie House Project provides service coordination and system navigation for vulnerable people from rural communities in North Leeds. Funds aim to improve access to services and strengthen communities. Children, families and adults are supported to connect with “the right service” required for improved quality of life.
Guthrie House provides affordable space for services to locate in North Leeds at Guthrie House, a Victorian Home in the village of Elgin. Some services (KEYS employment, Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario Works, Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville and Rideau Lakes Chiropractic are full time tenants. Many services are offered as needed including income tax and debt counselling support, access to hearing and memory clinics and food security initiatives. In addition, Guthrie House provides a free community space for local groups to meet. The service coordinator “ties all of the parts together” enabling accessible, coordinated services for vulnerable clients living in North Leeds.
Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health
Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health (LLGAMH), offers mental health services to persons 16 years and over and addictions services to all ages. The main office is located in Brockville but within Leeds and Grenville counties we also have offices in Kemptville, Prescott, Delta and Gananoque as well as Smiths Falls in Lanark County. Services include case management, counselling, psychiatry, supportive housing, family and caregiver support and residential addictions treatment.
The funding we receive from United Way Leeds and Grenville (UWLG) is used for social recreation, vocational and wellness programming. Because of this generosity, our clients are able to attend sports events, organize dances and celebrate the seasons often being entertained by the Slinky B’s, our rock and roll band. The funding also contributes to our Diabetes clinic, nutrition classes and outings to the grocery store to learn the intricacies of shopping on a budget. The camping trip is the event of the year which our clients refer to as their holiday. Our rural offices also benefit as our case managers travel to provide similar programming and rural clients are offered transportation to attend the Christmas Party or join the Brockville crew on an outing. All of this programming offers social, economical and wellness benefits to a thankful community. The reward is the smile on their face as they board a bus, stamp their feet while listening to the Slinky B’s or the feeling of independence when they are paid for a job well done not realizing they are gathering vocational experience.
On behalf of our clients, LLGAMH wishes to thank the United Way Leeds and Grenville and all those who donate to this worthy cause. Your donations make a difference!
Emergency Adult Dental Treatment Fund (Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit)
Working to ensure that all people have access to dental care, the Emergency Adult Dental Treatment Fund operates out of the Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Health Unit.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – Your Partner in Public Health
Public health is about our social, economic and physical environments, as well as our personal choices. It’s also about helping develop healthy policies, monitoring disease trends and providing education and information. Public health promotes healthy living, supports healthy growth and development, protects healthy environments, improves healthy equity and prevents illness and injury. We work together with many partners in the community to achieve our vision of healthy people in healthy communities.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit offers a wide range of public health services ranging from healthy eating workshops, poverty reduction initiatives, and oral health clinics to controlling infectious disease outbreaks, positive parenting and sexual health and immunization clinics. Services such as prenatal classes, child health and reproductive health information and breastfeeding advice are available to families. Inspections of food, personal services and child care premises as well as recreational and drinking water safety and sewage system installation are services that help keep the environment safe where residents live, learn work and play. Making healthy lifestyles choices is important to prevent chronic diseases so we offer services such as smoking cessation advice and nutrition and physical activity information.
For more information about the Health Unit, you can call 1-800-660-5853 or visit us on the web at www.healthunit.org or you can connect with us at LGLHealthUnit using Facebook or Twitter.