Young Caregivers Online Support Group

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Young Caregivers Online Support Group

Connect with other young caregivers in an online support group and share your caregiving experience, challenges and solutions.

By OCO/OSANO

When and where

Date and time

April 8, 2020 · 12pm - December 20 · 5:30pm PDT

Location

Online

About this event

Young caregivers or carers are children, youth and young adults (under age 25) who provide care for a sibling, parent or grandparent. They are often a hidden and at-risk-group of caregivers, helping a family member with a chronic illness, disability (physical or intellectual), mental health, addiction, or socioeconomic factor (single parent family, language barrier, etc.).

Please join this Young Caregiver Online Support Group created by the Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO). Discussion will be driven by young caregivers to discuss issues of highest importance to young caregivers.

****Participants in this group must be between the ages of 15 to 25.

Each group is facilitated by OCO volunteers with lived experience every other Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST.

All discussions are completely confidential. We require that all participants sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before joining the Online Support Group to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

The link to the NDA will be sent with your Online Support Group Registration. Please check your registration e-mail for details. Please note that you will not be able to attend the Online Support Group until we receive your signed NDA.

Once registered, you will receive more information on how to log in from our OCO team prior to the Online Support Group.

Note: this group is only for caregivers who are seeking support. To ensure a safe and supportive space, students, trainees, researchers, or individuals looking to learn about caregiving will not be admitted to groups, but are welcome to explore our resources and information at ontariocaregiver.ca or youngcaregiversconnect.ca.

About the organizer

Organized by
OCO/OSANO

If you support someone in need and feel anxious and overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities, you’re not alone. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 4 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role.

Working collectively with caregivers, healthcare providers and other organizations, OCO draws on the variety of work that is currently being done to ease caregiver burn-out and improve the caregiving experience. We find ways to make existing services more broadly available so all caregivers, regardless of age, disease, diagnosis or location can access support. Where there are gaps, we work with caregivers and like-minded partners to find new and creative ways to fill them.

Si vous soutenez une personne qui est dans le besoin et que vous vous sentez anxieux et débordé par vos responsabilités d’aidance naturelle, vous n’avez pas à y faire face en solitude. L’Organisme de soutien aux aidants naturels de l’Ontario (OSANO) a pour mission de soutenir les 4 millions de personnes aidantes naturelles à travers l’Ontario: des personnes ordinaires qui apportent un soutien physique et émotionnel à un membre de leur famille, un conjoint, un ami ou un voisin. Nous soutenons les aidants en étant leur guichet unique d’accès à l’information, afin qu’ils aient ce dont ils ont besoin pour réussir dans leur rôle.

En collaboration avec les personnes aidantes naturelles, les prestataires de soins de santé et autres organisations, l’OSANO s’appuie sur la diversité des travaux en cours pour atténuer l’épuisement des aidants et améliorer l’expérience des soins. Nous trouvons des moyens de rendre les services existants plus disponibles afin que tous les aidants naturels, quels que soient leur âge, leur maladie, leur diagnostic ou leur lieu de résidence, puissent avoir accès à du soutien. Lorsqu’il existe des lacunes, nous travaillons avec les aidants naturels et des partenaires aux objectifs similaires pour trouver des moyens nouveaux et créatifs de les combler.