Hope’s Garden is mandated to provide support not treatment. At Hope’s Garden, support means:
- Providing a compassionate, safe and confidential space for participants to discuss current obstacles and struggles they are facing.
- Developing a relationship that creates the conditions for change to progress and the motivation for empowerment. The supporting relationship nurtures the natural need that everyone has to grow and change.
- Ensuring that the participants can share experiences, knowing that they will be heard and understood. Effective support honours the inherent strength, capacity and resilience of our members.
- Allowing our clients to find what works best for them with participant-driven programs and help throughout the process.
- Providing education, resources and information.
- Bolstering participants energy and optimism to reduce feelings of isolation and provide them with incentive to address their problems, express their feelings and begin a process of change.
Hope’s Garden Support Services:
Individual and Drop-In Support:
This service is support-based and not treatment, allowing the participant to find what works best for them. Individual support offers a safe way for individuals just discovering the courage to ask for help to be introduced to Hope’s Garden and the support offered. This is education, referral and advocacy-based support.
Support groups help to address health and wellness with an overall goal of improving quality of life. The objectives are to develop and bolster self-esteem and body confidence, increase ability to self-advocate for essential services, reduce isolation by building peer supports and develop a balanced relationship with food. Groups provide a safe environment so that discussion and education on various topics related to disordered eating, self-esteem and body image can be relayed. The goal is to provide strategies to carry forward beyond the group so that individuals can maintain and improve upon positive mental health.
help buttonOnOOne to One Mentoring Program (Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area):
This program offers individuals aged 18-26 who have recently completed treatment an opportunity to be matched with a mentor who has achieved long term recovery. This mentorship provides peer support, friendship and fun activities. If you are interested in learning more about the program please contact us at Hope’s Garden.
Community Education and Outreach:
Hope’s Garden offers a variety of educational outreach programs to increase public awareness, reduce stigma and promote early detection and prevention.
Hope’s Garden carries a collection of books and reference materials on eating disorders and related topics that members of the community are welcome to borrow.
Referrals and Advocacy:
For those seeking additional support and treatment, we have a comprehensive directory including community resources and services, hospitals, therapists and treatment facilities.
If you are interested in learning more about our services please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (519) 434-7721
Although we do not offer any clinical services, studies have shown that support and education are two key elements necessary for recovery from an eating disorder.
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