Helping Hands

Helping Hands is available for children who require additional support and meet the established criteria to ensure the safety of everyone involved during the COVID-19 pandemic. To discuss the criteria and the potential of additional support for your child please contact (905) 934-9755 x 282 or email [email protected]

Helping Hands spaces are limited and assigned on a first come, first served basis. To allow more children to participate, spaces are available either for the 3-day week or 4-day week. Please note a limited number of spaces are available in specific locations.

December 21 to 23$180Walker Family YMCA (St. Catharines) and
Niagara Centre YMCA (Welland)
December 28 to 31$240

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Helping Hands is available to support children who

  • Will stay with the group for most of the day in an outdoor environment.
  • Can interact appropriately with their peers and staff.
  • May receive some level of support in school or are working on getting an IEP and/or support.
  • Have some comprehension of physical distancing and personal space.
  • Have been experiencing high anxiety during the pandemic or are anxious about in person programs.
  • Can be successfully integrated into the group with additional guidance, redirection, and support.
  • Will not be afraid or triggered by staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment including a face mask and shield.
  • Is toilet trained or needs little to no assistance with toileting.
  • Can self-feed or needs little to no assistance with feeding.

For the health and safety of everyone involved during the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA is not able to provide support to children with tendencies, needs or behaviours that go beyond what is outlined in the criteria above.

Families who are applying for subsidy from the Niagara Region should first complete the subsidy process for Helping Hands prior to contacting the YMCA.