Family life

Family Life: Support for Hinton's Families
Need Family Support? You Need Charlene

Services for Families

Meet the FCSS Team: Charlene

The primary focus of the Family Life Coordinator is to serve our community through a proactive, preventative approach. This service includes educating families and agencies about ageism, healthy intergenerational relationships, isolation, and respite care. This provides tools for families and community members to identify, prevent, and respond appropriately to situations of family violence. The education component is key to prevention; this service also provides meaningful connections for residents in need and supports their mental wellbeing through temporary, supportive listening.

The Coordinator provides supported referrals to families in situations of conflict. Supporting and promoting organizations that provide services for families in conflict, combined with providing awareness and education, is a best practice in the prevention of family violence. This practice helps people identify when they are in need of support and where to find help before they are in crisis. This is an essential component for overall community mental wellbeing, as it keeps people connected and engaged with each other, community agencies and appropriate supports. 

Prevention of things we don’t like talking about

This service provides education, confidential supportive listening, and referral for things like:

  • Family stress
  • Mistreatment of older adults 
  • Dementia caregiver support

No one is perfect, and no family is perfect. Conflict is not always a bad thing. Conflict can be an opportunity to change a situation and find support to make things better. The stresses of day-to-day life can get overwhelming, and sometimes you just need someone to temporarily talk to, so things don’t get worse; that’s the first step in prevention.

Did you know?

Charlene is Hinton's Rural Mental Health Project Animator! The design, implementation and evaluation of Rural Mental Health project is being done collaboratively through strategic partnerships to ground approaches to community mental health considering rural and individual community perspectives. The principles that guide our work include being community-driven, building on existing strengths, and using holistic approaches while considering the full lifespan of our communities.

Anchoring the project is the training of local Animators and the development of Action Plans through a community engagement process. Local community Animators in participating rural and remote communities are provided training and support.

We would love to share more with you about this initiative - to learn more about the project click here, and to view the latest Rural Mental Health Network Animator Newsletter click here!

Our Programs
  1. Abuse Prevention
  2. Family Education & Events
  3. Rural Mental Health Project 

Abuse Prevention

This service helps people learn about ways to stay safe in an abusive situation and about what their rights are in order to prevent abuse. 

Additionally, education is provided to the general public and to agencies on how to identify, prevent, and address situations of domestic abuse. 

Specific services offered include: 

  • Family Violence Prevention
  • Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Sexual Assault Support Services

Interested in learning more? Click here for the 2020 Hinton Family Violence Toolkit.

Click here for more information on the Yellowhead Elder Abuse Response Network!