Children, Youth, Families & Communities
The Health Centre provides a variety of programs designed to promote, support and improve the health and well being of children, youth, families and communities. We work with neighbourhoods and community groups who are building on their strengths and positioning themselves for future health and well being.
While this is not a complete list, here are some of our programs and services supporting children, youth, families and the communities in which they live:
Health Worker, Transgender Communities
We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is accessible and safe for all trans people. We are dedicated to training staff in the areas of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation so that everyone who walks through our doors feels heard and respected, and can access the services they need to be well.
The Health Worker, Transgender Communities is a front-line staff member committed to supporting positive change in the lives of transgender individuals at any stage of their journey. They can facilitate access to services at the Health Centre and in the community by acting as a liaison between clients and service providers.
- Client Engagement
- Supportive Programs
The Health Worker connects trans people with resources, provides supportive listening and referrals, and has just begun Gender Journeys – an eight week educational group for adults (18+) considering or just beginning transition. Gender Journeys explores the physical, social and emotional impact of a gender transition through topics like hormonal changes, family struggles, and transphobia and discrimination.
If you are interested in connecting with the Health Worker, Transgender Communities, contact Zach at 519-660-0874 x313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Outreach Workers (YOWs)
Initiated in 2007, the Youth Outreach Worker Team is committed to promoting youth and community engagement, and increasing youth opportunities. The YOW team meets youth ‘where they are at.” In various community locations throughout North East and East London, our five YOWs provide direct person-to-person contact with those aged 12 – 21, in order to build trusting relationships and connect youth to appropriate programs and services. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Primary Health Care
- Skills Development
- Recreational Activities
- Income Support
- Sexual Health
- Legal Services
- Basic Needs or Housing
- Mental Health and Addictions
We aim to enhance and promote the development of community based services and local leadership. Our outreach is intended to reduce risk factors by:
- Sharing information about the interests, concerns, and needs of youth and their families
- Providing information regarding relevant programs services and opportunities
- Guiding and facilitating access to programs, and services
- Enabling positive civic participation in their neighbourhoods and communities
This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services of Ontario. There is no referral necessary to access these services. To get in touch with a YOW, call 519.660.0875 x500. For more information about the Youth Outreach Worker program, please contact Greg Nash, Team Leader, Children Youth and Family Programs at 519.660.0875 x225.
North East London Community Engagement (NELCE)
NELCE is a resident-based, action-oriented community group focused on strengthening and improving the community of Northeast London.
Through our work we:
- seek to promote and develop a strong sense of community pride and participation
- articulate concerns and issues raised by the community to the right people
- raise awareness of what Northeast London offers
- work with the London InterCommunity Health Centre to involve others make change real!
NELCE is led by a coordinating committee and is structured based on priorities and action. Presently NELCE is working on the following priorities:
- Neighbourhood Safety
- Neighbourhood Development
- Community Building
- Community Inclusion and Belonging
- Food Security
Hundreds of community residents have been positively impacted by the work of NELCE because they are a sought after residents’ voice and participate in a wide variety of community development activities. For more information about NELCE, please contact Greg Nash at (519) 660-0875 ext. 225.