Community Justice Centre administers new program

Comox Valley Youth as Caregivers Program has been adopted and administered by the Community Justice Centre.

Regardless of the social or economic status, race, creed, color, religion, ethnic or traditional backgrounds, families can be confronted with a huge upset in the customary dynamics of their family structure.

This can happen when accidents, physical or mental illness, disabilities, change or loss of employment, language barriers, addictions, or absence/death of a parent occurs. This places a severe strain on the family unit.

When this occurs adults may not be able to fulfill some or many of their core traditional roles. A younger family member(s) may be required to take on those tasks on a regular basis, thus becoming a youth caregiver.

Many of these adolescents are unprepared nor have the skills to deal with providing essential care, and the stress it brings, which  is often difficult even for adults.

The protection of family privacy and the fear that this disclosure

will bring negative social judgments is a key factor in remaining silent, even to the exclusion of medical providers and educators.

As a result the adolescent is potentially at risk of  not being able to develop along with their peers, many isolate socially  (two of three are subject to bullying), and their mental health, education and stability can be impacted from partial to severe. The severity is directly connected to the amount of support, understanding and recognition that they receive.

Canadian studies are consistent in school surveys in that 12 to 19 per cent of students identified themselves as caregivers, the most  being between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, usually divided equally  girls/boys. These numbers match surveys done at schools in the Cowichan Valley.

As a result a group of human service professionals, who are/were working in those fields in a career capacity, has put in place a Comox Valley Youth as Caregivers Program, which is one of six such programs in Canada. It was adopted and now administered by the Community Justice Centre.

The main goal is to provide peer support in a safe setting. Also, youth being caregivers, assume that because of their age, don’t have ready access to agencies, professionals, and information  in order to assist them through their caregiving challenges. When requested, we can provide a gateway to these service providers.

This program also encourages the parents to become aware of our goals and services. The total aim is to have the program be of benefit to the entire family.

For a detailed look at the program, visit http://comoxvalleyyouthascaregivers.org.

— Community Justice Centre

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cumberland is considering downtown densification proposals, and with that comes questions around parking, among other things. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Water bottling ban, parking key changes for Cumberland zoning

Bylaw on amendments still need adoption following March 2 hearing

Tentative COVID-19 vaccine site chosen in the Comox Valley

B.C. is moving into Phase 2 of its COVID-19 mass immunization plan

Arzeena Hamir, working her booth at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. LUSH Valley was recognized last month as a partner of the year by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. Photo by Bill Jorgensen
LUSH Valley recognized for collaboration with Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

They won Partner of the Year award by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP
Comox Valley RCMP seeking help locating a missing woman

Missing person last seen in Courtenay on Feb. 21

A Coast Range Cannabis store has been approved for the Crown Isle Shopping Centre in Courtenay. Photo submitted
Courtenay council approves seventh cannabis retailer

Coast Range Cannabis to open second store in the Comox Valley

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s board is forwarding a motion on illegal dumping to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities’ upcoming annual general meeting. (Kane Blake photo)
Island communities asked to join forces in seeking help fighting illegal dumping

RDN resolution to be forwarded to Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends deadline for tourism, small business COVID-19 grants

Business owners expect months more of lost revenues

Protestors against old growth logging gather in front of the courthouse in Victoria on Thursday morning. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Protesters gather at Victoria courthouse to oppose Port Renfrew logging

Logging company seeks injunction to remove blockades near its Port Renfrew operation

John Hordyk said it isn’t fair to just look at COVID-19 deaths as many survivors are experiencing long-term impacts, himself included. (Photo by Rachel Muise)
Not getting better: Revelstoke man diagnosed with post-COVID-19 syndrome

‘I hope the damage isn’t long term, but it could be permanent’

Mid day at the Vancouver Port Intersection blockade on March 3, organized by the Braided Warriors. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Anti-pipeline blockade at Vancouver intersection broken up by police

Demonstraters were demanding the release of a fellow anti-TMX protester

One person is dead after a camper van caught fire Thursday morning in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
One person dead after vehicle fire in Victoria park

Investigation into Beacon Hill Park death in early stages

(Government of B.C.)

Most Read