CCSN Insider
As October's Community Support Service month winds down, we are taking a moment to celebrate and reflect on the impact that the hard work and dedication of Community Support Service frontline staff, volunteers, and agencies, has had in our communities - both in and out of pandemic.  We would like to say thank-you.
Community Support Service agencies have been dauntless in their response during the last 6 months - responding to the immediate needs in community, filling gaps in service, and working cohesively to ensure clients and caregivers at home, are not alone. 

The pandemic has placed a spotlight on many of the longstanding, systemic issues faced by clients and caregivers. While our work is not complete, we did want to take this opportunity to acknowledge your collective impact. On behalf of the CCSN team, thank-you for your unwavering efforts, strength, and for working together to ensure that clients and caregivers are able to be remain safe at home.

Eastern Ontario Caregiver Strategy - Update 

Much has changed since the origin release of the regional Caregiver Strategy  in early 2020. While we weren't able to gather with our partners Champlain Dementia Network and United Way East Ontario this Spring to celebrate the launch of this collaborative work, the strategy itself, has been in the forefront in supporting informed decision-making in the response to caregiver needs during COVID-19.
To revisit the strategy, please follow the links below: 
Here's a quick look of how we have actioned some of the recommendations: 
Caring At Home Caregiver E-Learning: Virtual Support for Caregivers
Services and programs continue to adapt to support clients and their caregivers during this pandemic. Supporting caregivers has never been more important, as families take on increased responsibilities in caring for their loved ones at home. To support caregivers seeking meaningful learning materials, access to a free, online learning library for caregivers was launched earlier this year. Learning topics include: 
             Personal Care                                                  Brain Health
             Dementia Expertise, like Teepa Snow             Injury Prevention
             Music Therapy                                                 Promoting Wellness
Member agencies can invite caregivers to register and access the learning platform. Once registered, caregivers can select their own areas of interest, complete learning badges, and watch on-demand videos at their own pace. Staff can follow the caregiver’s learning progress and recommend different modules.  
Caregiver Services now available through eReferral! 
The COVID response site has been updated to better support caregivers looking for your services. The site now includes a diverse range of caregiver support services that are offered across the region. 

Caregivers will now be able to link directly to your programs and services and engage quickly with your agency. 

Has your agency updated or initiated a caregiver program in response to COVID? Let us know so we can ensure it is captured in the online referral site. 
Integration – the Trapeze moment is now!  Are you ready?
Presented by the Barnes Management Group
Co-hosted by Ottawa Community Foundation and Champlain Community Support Network.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
9:30 - 11:30 am 

Leaders in community based not-for-profit agencies have never been challenged like they have in the past seven months.  COVID has meant that service models had to shift quickly and several times, as we learned more about the disease, its impacts and how it is transmitted.  With the second wave in progress, this pace and its challenges will continue for some time. 
Prior to COVID, the provincial government was beginning to look at options to create efficiencies in the current Transfer Payment Model as a means of controlling costs and providing better services.  COVID has meant that all governments have needed to provide significant funding to respond to the challenges we have faced – creating significant deficits that will need to be addressed.

Consultants David Barnes, Madeleine Anderson, Mike Coxon, and Cathy Jordan, have come together to discuss the challenges of community based not-for-profit agencies and what the world might look like post COVID. 

We need to challenge our past tendencies to swing the trapeze forward and then at the last minute, continue to hold on – going back to where we started. You are invited to grasp the trapeze moment and join us in this conversation.
Register: Integration - the trapeze moment
Leadership Workshop: Increasing Resiliency in the Workplace though Mindful Self Care Practice 
Friday, November 6, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am

This leadership workshop is designed to bring together Community Support leaders and managers to understand and recognize the impact of compassion fatigue and burnout in their staff, and review how to support mindfulness and self care in the workplace. 

Participants will come away with resources and tools to build a resilience and wellness action plan for their teams and 
gain greater understanding in:  
  • Understanding and recognizing the warning signs of compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Supporting the psychological wellness of employees
  • Benefits of mindful self-care practice
  • How to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace
Presented by: 
Jessica Lemieux is a therapist and trauma-sensitive meditation teacher operating her private practice out of Ottawa. Jessica has 15 years of diverse experience and specializes in supporting individuals navigate stress through therapeutic mindfulness meditation. Jessica is currently offering workplace mindfulness workshops, group and 1-1 meditation sessions. 
Amanda Rocheleau is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist with over 15 years of experience. Her private practice is based out of Ottawa, where she offers psychotherapy and consulting services while specializing in supporting helping professionals prevent, and recover from stress related issues as a result of their caregiving roles.
Register here
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