Partnership strengthens services for youth
4 August 2020 (Niagara) – OUTniagara is pleased to announce a partnership with Youth Wellness Hub Niagara.
YWHN was one of 10 hubs formed in 2019 in Ontario for youth 12 to 25 years old. The “one-stop” hubs serve youth in areas such as mental health, education, employment, housing, addictions, primary care, recreation, and other community and social service needs.
Celeste Turner, acting chair of OUTniagara, said 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, particularly in the southern tier of Niagara, will be better served with the liaison between OUTniagara and the youth hub.
“When we are contacted by youth, we have another resource to refer them to,” said Turner. “Conversely, the YWHN is able to refer youth to one of our partner groups if they think it’s appropriate.”
The youth hub in Niagara is unique in the province in that it operates out of three centres instead of one—the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, the John Howard Society in Welland, and the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Niagara in Welland. More than 65 agencies and service providers were involved in initial discussions about the hub proposal.
To find out more information about the Youth Wellness Hub Niagara, or how to connect with the organization, go to www.youthhubs.ca/niagara
To discover more about OUTniagara, go to www.outniagara.org