“My husband is 83, and is 25 years older than me. He is totally dependent on me. It’s so hard to lead a healthy and balanced life, and I felt alone and isolated. When I called the Family Caregiver Support Program I was very upset. The counsellor was immediately available to listen to me. She listened without judging me. I was given the addresses of organizations that can help me with some of my tasks. They also suggested music therapy. Now, I have someone to talk to and I’m trying out a different kind of approach. In June, they held a wine and cheese reception. It was a fantastic initiative to help family caregivers reduce their isolation and decompress, releasing all their built up emotions and frustration. The service, counselling, and availability of the workers is very helpful and supportive. I can count on the Family Caregiver Support Program and it gives me hope.”
The YWCA’s Community Services are open to all women and girls. The goal of these services is to develop community action and foster personal and collective well-being, while addressing the needs of women in the community. We offer diverse activities where women can make friends, reduce their isolation, receive counselling, respite, and information on different topics, learn about their rights, and get help to settle in as a newcomer to Quebec.