Child Support Programs
The Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre offers support to children and youth who are staying at the shelter. Through the use of crafts, games, videos, activities and group discussion, we teach children that it is okay to talk about their experiences and that they are not alone. Together, we explore ways that they can feel safe.
On top of the support we offer for children and youth we also offer limited child care. We have age appropriate play equipment and provide age appropriate information on violence and safety planning.
The in-school program is operated by the Lakeland Catholic School System. Children who are from other geographical areas, or who are at risk, attend the school to help them continue their studies while residing at the shelter.
The class sizes are small, which provide the teacher with the ability to work closely with each student on a one-on-one basis.
The school day is:
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Monday through Friday
One of the best ways we can help is by providing education and advocacy for the children in our community. The DMSCC has an outreach program to educate locally regarding domestic violence and abuse. Our outreach program will be a part of the grade 8 program in Bonnyville.
Expanding the role of the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre in the community has always been an important part of our mission. We believe in educating the public and creating partnerships to prevent family violence, thus creating stronger communities. That is one of the many reasons we recently started new teen programming.
The Empowering Teens group encourages the development of social skills, self confidence, supportive peer relationships and healthy youth relationships. The program includes a variety of activities including art, drama, community involvement, and lessons on healthy relationships but most importantly the teens will be encouraged to have fun and learn in a safe and supportive environment.
These free sessions are held 7 Tuesdays in a row from 6:30-8:00 pm throughout the school year. New registrants are currently being accepted and those with questions about the program are encouraged to call the Cold Lake Community Support Worker at 780-594-5095. Please note that space is limited to 15 participants.