The YWCA Regina has been serving women and their families since 1910. We touch people from all walks of life, preschoolers to seniors. Our mission is to support and empower women, children and youth so that they can reach their full potential. Our services include:
CHILD AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
Our Before and After School program is is open on school days from 7:00 am until bus pick up for school, and from bus drop off after school until 6:00 pm, and is closed on Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays. On non-school days, our Day Camp program is open from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on Saturday, Sunday and all statutory holidays. (Statutory holidays include Easter Monday, Boxing Day and one additional day during Christmas that is determined one year in advance. If a statutory holiday falls on a weekend, the program will close the following Monday.)
Schools eligible for the Before and After School program in Regina are:
Connaught (French Immersion)
Holy Rosary (English)
Ecole St. Pius X (French Immersion)
To be added to the waitlist for the Before and Afterschool Progam in Regina and Balgonie, call Natasha Feld, Director of Childcare Services, 306-525-2141 ext 122 or via email at NatashaF@ywcaregina.com; you will be contacted a minimum of one month prior to a space being available.
To be added to the Before and Afterschool Progam waitlist in Lumsden, call Nadeema Gani, Manager of Lumsden Childcare, 306-731-1300 or via email at NadeemaG@ywcaregina.com; you will be contacted a minimum of one month prior to a space being available.
SUMMER BEFORE & AFTER DAY CAMP - SAME PROGRAM AS ABOVE BUT FULL DAYS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
The Day Camp program is open to children from any school. Check back for 2018 information.
Between Generations is a special opportunity for seniors. Volunteer 'grandparents' come out once a week to read and play with preschool children. Each senior is matched with one special child, but the time is spent in a group setting and staff are always available. Volunteers enjoy coffee time together following their hour with the children.
Transportation is provided.
Whether it's the traditional Big Sister / Little Sister match, small group mentoring or big group events, Big Sisters is all about friendship between women and girls. Find out how a little time from a caring adult makes a big difference in the life of a child.
In addition to the traditional Big/Little match program, the following special mentoring opportunities are available: Building Bridges In-School Mentoring; Braided Journeys; and Couples for Kids. Click here for more information.
Learning opens doors for kids to be everything they can be. Sometimes a child needs a hand-up along the way. Big Boost tutoring program offers Regina elementary school children individual help with math, reading or sometimes English as a second language.
We operate four licensed subsidized child care centres for children from 6 weeks to 12 years, with one of our four centres providing care for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers from 6 weeks to 6 years. We provide care on a full time, daily or drop-in basis. Our hours of operation are from 7:00 am-6:00 pm Monday-Friday. We provide children with breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
Our Child Care Centres offer a full range of developmental programming to nurture children's physical, emotional, social, intellectual and creative lives. We offer a total of 271 child care spaces, both in Regina and in partnership with Lumsden Elementary School.
Please join us for a one day prenatal class loaded with the essentials of prenatal education. This condensed class helps you to prepare mentally and physically for a healthy and satisfying birth. Topics include signs and stages of labour, and what to do during labour (including when to go to the hospital), movement and positions, birth support, interventions, informed decision making, as well as tips for a more comfortable and shorter labour. Natural and medical options for pain control are discussed.
In addition to childbirth education, our health and wellness programs include fitness classes. Buy a fitness membership or register for a class, and you are more than a customer. You become part of our community. By choosing YWCA Regina as your fitness centre, you are supporting a wide range of programs that serve the needs of women, parents, children, and men. Your participation is an investment in positive change—for you and for others.
Classes are designed for all ages and stages. Pre-registered and drop-in classes are available. Pilates, cario, yoga, spin, zumba and even martial arts! Click here for details and to see the current schedule. Classes are open to members and the public.
The Power of Being a Girl is an all Girls' Conference held during the Week Without Violence. The conference focuses on mobilizing girls' leadership and addressing girls' developmental needs. To find out more about girls' conference plans in Regina this October, call the YWCA at 306-525-2141.
GirlSpace is a national YWCA “Turning Point Program” addressing key social issues facing young women. GirlSpace provides leadership opportunities, promotion of healthy and positive self-esteem, awareness about violence and its root causes and participatory hands-on activities including creative expression, group discussion and physical activities. The program has incorporated an aboriginal component and includes enthusiastic guest speakers, a delicious snack and many opportunities for girls ages 12-16 to make friendships and gain confidence in themselves and their abilities.
KIDS IN TRANSITION SHELTER
KITS is an emergency receiving shelter for up to 10 children ages 0-12 years, with a recommended maximum stay of 15 days.
KITS provides care for children in need of housing while the Ministry of Social Services explores options for the best living arrangement for each child. KITS provides children with a warm, safe, and nurturing environment to promote their well being.
Parker Place and Evergreen, two long term therapeutic group homes operated in partnership with the Ministry of Social Services, complement the service provided by Kids in Transition Shelter (KITS). Parker Place and Evergreen are designed for children who, for a variety of reasons, are harder to place in permanent homes than the children served by KITS.
Parker Place opened in May 2012 and has a capacity of four children, 0 -12 years of age. Evergreen, opened in May 2013, has a capacity of four children, 0 - 8 years of age.
All Parker Place and Evergreen residents are referred by Social Services staff.
POWER OF BEING A GIRL DAYCAMP (Ages 5-13)
The Power of Being a Girl Day Camp will be filled with engaging recreational activities throughout the city and will focus on a variety of issues including self-esteem, healthy relationships, dating, discrimination, body image, bullying and Internet safety.
The mornings will be filled with fun educational activities and games. The afternoon will be filled with recreational outings including: Level 10 Fitness, Paper Crane Community Arts Centre, swimming, Evraz Park, Yoga, tie-dying, canoeing, rock climbing, Willow Island and so much more.
Check back for 2018 dates.
The Y's Kids Program provides a safe place where children and teens can explore their many feelings about their experiences at home. The program is appropriate for children aged 5 -16.
Parents may refer their children into the program. Once a referral is received, staff do a brief assessment to determine whether Y's Kids group or individual services are right for each child. There is no fee. Click here for more information.
While providing a safe place for women to turn to is a priority for YWCA Regina, our long-term commitment is to prevent intimate partner abuse, to break the cycle of violence, and to work toward a violence-free community. Partners and children call all be affected by abusive relationships. The YWCA offers a shelter, information and programming for adults and children.
ANYTHING GOES STORE
The YWCA Regina's second hand store is conveniently located on the main floor of our downtown facility. Made possible by ongoing donations of goods from the community and the tireless work of one dedicated volunteer, "Anything Goes" is an outlet for low-cost toys, clothing, books and household goods.
The store is open to the public, however, all donations of goods are first made available to clients from Isabel Johnson Shelter, My Aunt's Place, and Kikinaw Residence—their needs are given priority. Items that are not needed by clients will at times will be used in a program area, or are displayed in our store, where they are still available to our clients at no cost, or sold to the public at garage sale prices. Profits from sales, currently more than $30,000 annually, support our YWCA programs for women and children.
At times, more donations come in than we can use in any of the ways listed above. We then donate surplus goods to other charities.
The YWCA Regina also provides information on abuse. Click here to find information on:
Want to learn more? Visit YWCA Regina's website.