(Caregiver Program, July 2021)
Our Caregiver Program delivers healthcare and wellbeing to individual children and children organisations.
The Caregiver program is our latest initiative designed to help parents of children of the Butterfly Program.
This structured program provides the knowledge, insights, and practical tips in coping with different types of mental illness in child development. A series of workshops are conducted by clinical professionals, coupled with facilitated peer group discussions.
This deep intervention approach enables both child and parent more confidence in facing the challenges together, helping create better futures for everyone.
The first group of caregivers to benefit from this pilot program in July and August 2021 was those looking after ADHD children studying in the primary years.
Our first 27 families (50+ participants) attended 5 sessions of workshop and 2 sessions of family bonding fun-time in July and August 2021. By the end of the program, caregivers realise that taking good care of one-self is equally important.
They all had a better understanding of coping strategies and the range of community resources available to them including the Variety Caregiver network providing continuous mutual support. Peer group sharing has lent tremendous support amongst parents/ caregivers.
Youth volunteers gained an appreciation of the skills required in communicating with special needs children- a first hand experiential learning opportunity!
No matter how old you are, what your background is or where you live, you can help—and you can start right now.