Parent Cafe’s are an opportunity to connect with other parents. Which is important now, more than ever. Parent Cafés are emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families. These will begin as soon as it is safe to do so. Please take the Parent Cafe survey to help us plan for the best time.
Parent Cafe’s Survey Link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PGYRC2D
Vitality Cafés are peer-to-peer guided discussion groups that use the six Vitality Domains and empowered engagement techniques to help participants come up with strategies to improve their overall holistic health. Vitality Cafe’s will be offered virtually at first. Please take the survey to help us plan for the best time.
Vitality Cafe’s https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/62PR65L
Virtual Winter Wellness at the Carmangay Library will begin in January. Watch for posters and on their Facebook page for details. Prizes to be won.
Skating – Champion has their outdoor ice open. Please skate with your own households and respect space from other skaters.
Fundamental Digital Literacy Skills: Online Privacy – Chinook Arch Libraries in January. Check your local library website or chinookarch.ca and go to Events.
Snow Angels – Be a Snow Angel in your neighbourhood. If you have a shovel and see someone’s sidewalk not yet cleared, pitch it and help a neighbour out. You are also helping the people who want to get out and walk safely, free from ice. You can also sign up with FCSS at 403-485-2192. We will be out of the office until Jan. 4 but you can try us on Facebook messenger.
Fireworks – Vulcan Recreation presents New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Dec. 31 at 7:30pm Vulcan Arena parking lot.
Read With Me – Ages 3-6
Ages and Stages – Development for kids 0-6years
Building Fine Motor Skills for ages 3-6
January programs at Greater Foothills Family Centre
More programs from the Family Centre
Kids in Motion – Ages 3-6
Glow – For girls 9-12
Winter Reading Challenge through Chinook Arch Libraries
MCG Careers – Job Searching During CovidJob Searching DC Workshop. Virtual. Jan.12.2021
MCG Careers – Interview Skills WorkshopInterview Skills Workshop.Virtual. Jan.20.2021
MCG Careers – “Linked In” Create and Advance Your Online PresenceLinked In Workshop. Virtual. Jan.28.2021
65 years or older? Join a research study about games created to help keep your mind vibrant. Must have an android device.Games for Vibrant Minds Research Study
Triple “P” parenting courses online for parents of all ages https://www.triplep-parenting.ca/alb-en/find-help/triple-p-online/?itb=4dcfbc057e2ae8589f9bbd98b591c50a
Top Parenting Tips for School Life during Covidtpi-top-tips-covid19-school-life-ltr-can-en
Balancing Work and Life during Covidcovid-19-guide-work-and-family-ltr-can-en
First Nations Health Consortium December NewsletterFNHC December 2020 Newsletter
Vulcan Library is open for Curbside Pick-up
December 14-January 12
Al-Anon Family Group -meetings as needed. Contact Betty W. at 403-652-8285 for information.
Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society and Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services will be closed from Dec. 24 at 12pm – Jan.3. If you are without food, there are Emergency Hampers at the Vulcan Hospital 24 Hour Reception.
There is also a new Give-and-Take Pantry For anyone in need of food or for anyone to drop off donations. Please only take what you need or donate unopened goods that have not expired. Outside the Vulcan Library.
Mental Health Support Help Lines
Family Ties Association Clinical team can provide subsidized counselling. Currently the service is available through Zoom. Referrals can come from the FCSS office or clients can call Family Ties directly and ask to speak to Clinical Intake at 403-320-8888. We ask that the clients pay what they can.
– Online Mental Health Resource from the U of A – a newly developed online mental health resource that provides tools for families and individuals. http://www.comhs.health/ this is postponed until January 2021
Text4Hope – Incoming positive daily messages. Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.
Caring Connections Program by Wild Rose Community Connections
Contact us at 403 437-4984 Phone or text Monday – Friday 10:00 – 5:00 or by email at [email protected] Emotional Safe Spot for anyone feeling disconnected, alone or just need to chat.
Mental Health Help Line: 24 hour- 1-877-303-2642
Distress & Suicide Prevention Line of Southwestern Alberta
1-888-787-2880 Lethbridge and Area
Distress Centre: 403-266-HELP (4357) Suicide Prevention
Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437
Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence. Call or text: 1-866-403-8000
AADAC Help Line: 1-866-332-2322 Addictions
Alberta Health Link: 811 or 1-866-408-5465
Alberta Info Helpline: 211 – connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day in over 150 languages.
Income Support Contact Centre
Albertans can call the Emergency Income Support Contact Centre 24-hours-a-day to get help in an emergency for basic needs like shelter, food, clothing and transportation. 1-866-644-5135
Canadian Red Cross: 24 hour disaster services – 1-888-800-6493
Vulcan Community Health Center (Hospital): 403-485-3333
Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477
Vulcan RCMP Detachment: 403-485-2267
Poison Control: 1-800-332-1414
The mental and emotional toll that comes with contracting this virus is just as bad, if not worse, than the physical. There is an astounding amount of shame, guilt and fear associated with contracting Covid, and we need to be talking about it more. When you are surrounded by good people, you will be surprised by their grace and kindness, and you will rise. I would have very likely fallen apart on day three if it weren’t for this community holding us up. The love and support we were shown reinforces what I already know: We were never meant to do this alone, and I have never been more confident that we are #bravertogether.
Pandemic and Isolation Stress
This is stressful for everyone. And it is not short-term stress, we have been in this pandemic for a long time and new lockdown restrictions are a stressful blow to almost everyone. Not being able to be with your loved ones at Christmas and being further isolated from connections and support is going to take a heavy toll on everyone’s mental health. When you do not get a break from stress, it becomes toxic stress that affects your physical health as well, because your brain is telling your nervous system that it is constantly under threat.
It is important to take charge of the stress so you can get through this long term.
- Acknowledge that the stress is real. Comparative suffering is not helpful, “I am better off than Mary because she can’t see her sick husband who is battling cancer, so I shouldn’t complain or ask for help.” Suffering is suffering and knowing that your stress is making you snap at your spouse or drink too much is still real to you and your brain. Just being aware of it and going easy on yourself allows you to take away some of the power the stress holds over your emotions.
- Forgive others. Remember they are stressed too. Everyone is trying to process this new reality to make sense of all the new information coming at us. If they react poorly to a situation, take a breath and try to think, maybe they are having a hard day too. If people are being opinionated or insensitive, remember that your experience and their experience might be totally different and going on the attack is not likely to change their mind. You might help yourself more by just sending them good thoughts for understanding than to actually engage in a confrontation. We all tend to find the information to confirm our biases rather than seek to understand more about the other side of an issue.
- Take care of your body. Sleep is a big one. Your body is better able to cope with stress if you are getting a good night’s sleep (at night, not all day). Pick a get up time and a go-to-bed time and stick to it. Make a routine to make it work better for you and lessen your restless mind. Have a warm bath, read an interesting book, try meditation or make a gratitude list of small things before you go sleep. But give up the screen time, phones, tablets and TV’s that will disrupt sleep before bedtime.
- Choose healthy food. While many of us turn to comfort food and Netflix, what our bodies need to cope with stress is a balanced diet of real food. Your mother was likely right, you need to eat your vegetables. Make sure you are getting your daily servings of vegetables, fruit, grains and protein before you dip into the snacks so you are not tempted to overeat.
- Exercise – Not only is it good for your body, it also boosts your mood. Exercise is good stress and can reset and refocus your brain. Put on some cheerful music and get moving: dance, stretch, lift, jump, walk or run.
- Find things that you can control and that you enjoy to “fill your bucket.” Make an effort to make some moments special, even if you are alone. You are worth it.
Furniture Villa is doing a cool thing to support local business….from Facebook
With the new strict restrictions that our government has put in place, we know that times are going to be tough for a lot of our amazing local businesses in the Vulcan County. We at Furniture Villa are strong believers in supporting the local business community, and as such we are starting our “Bring it Home” campaign as a way to help support others in the community.
Here is how it works:
From now until December 31st (or we reach $5000 converted), bring in a gift card to a “Big Box” store and trade it in for a coupon of equal value to a local Vulcan County business that has been affected by the new restrictions.
A few conditions apply:
- The gift card balance must be verifiable.
- You must leave your name & contact information.
- Coupons will only be accepted at the single designated business of your choice, from the list of participating businesses.
- Coupons valid starting January 2nd.
- See store for details, other conditions may apply.
Here are the participating businesses:
Hair by Jordyn Cornet
Mind Meld Massage Therapy
Vulcan Yoga and Wellness
Vulcan Art Studio
The Hair Hut
Center Street Eatery – Arrowwood, Alberta
Mossleigh Bar N Grill
The Great Full Cup
New Club Cafe
Amy’s Family Restaurant
Milo Hotel/T’s Saloon
Lisa Blair’s Beauty Room
Habitat Lifestyle Boutique
Full Motion BodyworX
Bodyworks Fitness Centre
Vulcan and Region Family and Community Support Services
Phone: 403-485-2192 ext. 103
Email: [email protected]