Everyone faces a tough time at some point, and we want to provide the resources to help you with your life and also instill connections in your community to aid you in creating a healthier life for you.
Everyone faces their own unique challenges, large or small. From colds to relationships, from anxiety to dealing with stressful situations — no issue is too small to see us about. Not sure what you need? No problem – we’ll work with you to determine what support will be best for you.
We’re working together to give you a voice in your care, and to provide easy access to the resources, services and care that you want and need. At Foundry the most important things to us are connection and trust – we want you to feel heard and respected. Our staff are friendly, knowledgeable and will accept you as you are, regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or family history.
Whether it’s finding the answer to a question, meeting with a counsellor, seeing a doctor, or simply having a conversation, we will make it easier for you to connect to information, services and other peers.
In addition, we provide peer support services and are developing a peer support training program. Peer support is a relationship based on shared lived experience. While peer support services are going to look different in every Foundry centre and in every community, some of the ideas of peer roles include:
- Supporting you in your appointments with your doctor, care team, or with appointments in the community
- Working with you on your self-identified goals
- Supporting you one-on-one, from a lived experience point of view
- Facilitating groups, from a peer perspective
- Providing you with resources that have worked for them and support around navigating of community services.
Visit the centres page to learn where our centres are – and stay tuned for our online tools and resources that are currently being created!
We want to help you get the tools, skills and support you need to cope with what’s going on in your life. Whether you need help finding a job, dealing with a stressful situation, have health concerns, or want help managing your anxiety — we will work with you to ensure you get the support you need.
Foundry centres bring together many services under one roof to make it easier for you to find help and support. When you visit a Foundry centre you will have access to all the services within the centre, based on what you need. And you will not need to re-tell your story again, and again.
Centres are designed with input from young people so they don’t have the same look and feel of a typical clinical space. They will be easy to access – meaning they will have hours that work for young people, walk-in services available and be located on, or very near to transit routes.
Each centre will provide a range of health and social services, programs and resources to you help you improve your wellness. Each centre can help with physical and sexual health, work and school issues, mental health, substance use issues, and peer supports. Centres may also offer other services and programs that have been identified as important to provide in a particular community.
Visit the centre’s page to learn more about where they are, when they’ll open and what they’ll offer.
To make a service that truly meets the needs of young people, we’re ensuring they have a voice in the creation of Foundry. From the provincial level and at the Foundry central office to each community’s Foundry centre, young people are actively involved in many areas of Foundry.
Some of the ways young people are involved in building Foundry include:
- Youth Advisory Committees (YACs) at our centres: helps inform the development of the centre, its programs, activities and community outreach;
- e-Foundry advisory group (youth and young adults): Provides input into the development of Foundry’s online tools, resources and content – including user testing;
- Peer support program working group: young people are involved in the development of the peer support program;
- Being part of working and advisory groups such as the branding committee.
And it won’t end there; the voice of young people will play a major role in Foundry to ensure we best meet their needs.
If you’re interested in getting involved with your local centre check out the centre’s page for events and volunteering opportunities. Also, be sure to follow us on social media and sign-up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on everything Foundry!
It’s awesome because when you show up to the health centre it’s not just seeing your case manager or your psychiatrist. I find it easier to go to one place instead of going to many places to see a ministry person, someone for primary care, or attending a recreation group. Having described all the services under one roof is nice but having awesome staff who treat you like a real person, no matter what situation, is totally AWESOME.
If I had known of a place like Foundry, I may have gotten the support I needed early on.