Did You Know…
1 in 5
children born in London will live in poverty
1 in 4
children will not be ready to learn in grade 1
1 in 5
children will not graduate from high school
1 in 4
children will be overweight or obese
Well Baby and Child Clinic
A Public Health Nurse will be available to answer questions and offer support for you and your growing family. For further information call Public Health at 519-663-5317 ext. 2280 Fridays 9:30am- 11:00am at Merrymount.
Learn what is expected during pregnancy and child birth and how to care for your new born child. For more information call Public Health at 519-663-5317 ext. 2262
Strengthening Families for the Future
For families with a history of addiction issues this 14 session adult/child program is designed to improve family relationships, strengthen parenting skills, build child’s life skills and enhance communication in the family. Children aged 7 – 11 years old will participate in the program. Child minding provided for younger children. To register contact Sarah at Merrymount 519-434-6848 ext.280 or Raquel at Addiction Services of Thames Valley at 519-673-3242 ext. 256
Partnership with Children’s Aid Society
S.I.P.P ( Strategies in Positive Parenting)
An open and ongoing group, designed to support parents in setting goals for change, to promote personal competency and increase parenting capacity and assist parents in getting connected to more intensive services at Merrymount or within the Community. Contact Wendy at ext. 274
An intensive 23 session program, that will support parents making positive changes and diminishing risk factors that negatively impact children. Discussions will focus on personal development through effective life skills, and developing a parenting style that is sensitive and responsive to children’s needs. Contact Wendy at ext. 274
Building Secure Connections
Parents of an infant or toddler will enjoy discussion and playtime with their child to support the attachment relationship. This group is designed for custodial and non-custodial parents and is lead by C.A.S. and Merrymount group facilitators. To register, call Wendy Smith at C.A.S. 519-455-9000 ext. 387
The Community Group for Children who have Witnessed Women Abuse
A therapeutic program for children/youth, five to sixteen years of age, and their mothers who have experienced abuse in their family. The group process facilitates the opportunity for healing from the impact of exposure to abuse. Self referrals, contact Community Group Program Coordinators at 519-455-9000.
Women’s Community House
Women’s Community House and Merrymount joined expertise and resources to provide a Child Advocate position to the Wellington and Clarke Road sites. The Child Advocate assists children in their transition to shelter and offers one-on-one and group support during their stay. Follow up with the family upon leaving shelter includes; assisting in locating schools/ obtaining childcare or age appropriate activities for the children and referrals to other community resources beneficial to the health and well-being of the child (ren).
We are a member of:
Pillar NonProfit Network
Pillar NonProfit Network supports nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions in our community. They provide leadership, advocacy, and support to the nonprofit sector through the promotion of volunteerism, professional development and networking opportunities, and information sharing.
Child and Youth Network
The Child and Youth Network is comprised of more than 130 local agencies and individuals dedicated to doing what is best for children, youth and families.
K.I.D.S. – Kids in Distressed Situations is a Not for Profit organization bringing new products to children and teens impacted by poverty and tragedy as an outcome of homelessless, military diployment of a parent, domestic abuse, major illness, or natural disaster.