Community Helpers Program

What is the Community Helpers program?

The Community Helpers Program (CHP) is a free program that has been designed to increase the knowledge of the participants and the feeling of support provided by the professional community while increasing the awareness of the professional community of the existence of Community Helpers.

The CHP finds “natural helpers”, individuals whom youth seek and talk to when they have a problem, issue, or mental health concern. These helpers can be anyone associated with youth such as friends, teammates, coaches, neighbours, parents, teachers, etc. The CHP identifies and works with these helpers to strengthen their natural abilities with training, connecting them with resources, and providing ongoing support. CHP teaches helpers a wide variety of skills including the helping skill, handling a crisis, how to set limits, self-care, communication, active listening skills, and much more. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program.

The helpers do not become therapists or counsellors but better equipped to cope and help solve problems youth and themselves, may face.

How Do I Become a Community Helper?

Community helpers are nominated by their peers through an anonymous survey or are self-identified. Surveys are provided within a school, workplace, organization or to a group that already demonstrates the natural ability to help. Training sessions for a workplace, school, or community group are also available upon request. Community Helpers Training can be customized for your group in terms of length and topics covered. The group will work with the program coordinator to determine which topics most relevant to the participants and which length is most appropriate.

For more information on the Community helpers training, education program or to book Community Helpers training please email bess.yang@cccsa.ca.

Click on the CHP Brochure link to view.

To register please fill out this form and email it back to bess.yang@cccsa.ca or drop it off at CCCSA as soon as possible (preferably at least 4 days) before the workshop date, thank-you for your cooperation.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Tuesday, July 17th and Wednesday, July 18th (10am-4pm) at Centre for Newcomers
  • Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th (10am-4pm) at CCCSA