The Learn and Play group is one of many programs the Family Resource Network offers in Ponoka – Ponoka News

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The Family Resource Network offers programs and supports to help children, youth and families in the Ponoka area.

Family Resource Networks (FRNs) are available across Alberta, due to a funding change to ensure consistent services are available across the province for families with children ages 0-18.

The FRN uses a Hub and Spoke model in collaboration with BGC Wetaskiwin, McMan Central and Red Deer Native Friendship Society along with other community partners to deliver individual and group programs.

Early childhood and youth development groups are designed to support cultural growth, anger management, coping strategies and substance abuse, and social skills such as learning and playing. Learn and Play is at Ponoka every Tuesday at Hudson’s Green Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parents and older siblings are welcome at Learn and Play. To register, call or text 780-360-4124.

According to Dixie McLeod, senior practice specialist at McMan, Learn and Play Ponoka was created to help young children ages zero to six with gross motor play, fine motor play, literacy and social connections.

The Enrichment Program provides solution-focused support to families and youth to improve personal/family functioning and caregiver capacity.

Family support helps parents build resilience related to family well-being.

Home visits help families provide a nurturing and safe environment for their children, from pregnancy to age six.

Parent Education various educational programs including Connect, Triple P and Active Parenting.

FRN makes sure to use locations such as the Ponoka Youth Center and Ponoka Jubilee Library, other community spaces and individual family homes to reduce barriers for people logging on to get services. Through the BGC Wetaskiwin FRN Hub, individuals can make a single phone call to connect to programs as well as other community resources.

According to Kathy Hodges, Director of Family Programs at BGC Wetaskiwin, the FRN serves Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, Rimbey and surrounding areas and is able to meet families where they are, whether that means meeting them in their homes or wherever they are. feel comfortable and secure.

“We want to continue to successfully partner with current Ponoka programs and agencies and support a strong community through strong families,” Hodges said.

Although the FRN has officially been in Ponoka for two years, according to Hodges, BGC Wetaskiwin has supported Ponoka families through the enrichment program for more than 10 years and hopes to continue to be part of the Ponoka community for years to come. to come.

To access Family Resource Network programs, call 780-352-4643 ext. 28 or email [email protected]

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