New source of support for women

Weekly women's support group to encourage and teach skills

Castlegar Community Services is putting together a new support group for women.

The group will meet weekly on Mondays beginning October 19 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Each session will involve a work shop type segment on topics such as healthy relationships, financial literacy, stress reduction, healthy eating, communication skills, employability skills and general wellness topics. There will also be refreshments and a time to share experiences and support one another.

The program is an extension of the Bridges for Women intensive group that has run for the last three years and is funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.

The goal of the program is to increase women’s health and well being and build a support network. “It’s about supporting each other in working towards our goals, whatever they may be,” said program coordinator Laurie Holton. “I really believe in the power of getting women together. I have seen it help so many women.”

The group is open to women age 19 and older and will be held at Castlegar Community Services, upstairs in the Sun Centre located at 1007 2nd St. for more information, contact Laurie at 250-608-2254.

Holton would love to see a variety of women from different walks of life that want to connect with other women in their community join the group. She is looking forward to the new group saying, “For any woman that is feeling kind of isolated, I really recommend that you come and check out the group.”