Marymound North provides federally funded, community-based programs, services and supports to benefit maternal health and families with young children and at-risk youth.
Marymound North is a community space, open for families to drop in and get support connecting to resources, or join in a range of programming. Services are also offered in family homes and in the community, as well as virtually supporting families.
Programming available at Marymound North includes:
Futures is a community-based program that provides extensive programming for families with young children. Futures is funded by a Community Action Program for Children.
Babies’ Best Start
Babies’ Best Start is a prenatal nutrition program that also offers postnatal education and support. We help mothers learn about healthy eating before and after baby is born. Designed for pregnant moms and moms with newborn infants up to the age of 12 months, Babies’ Best Start offers groups programs, home visits, breastfeeding support, cooking tips, vouchers for healthy foods and more. Transportation assistance and child care is available for mothers attending groups. Babies’ Best Start provides non-judgmental support and education on pregnancy and parenting. Babies’ Best Start is funded by the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program.
School is Cool
School is Cool is a school readiness program for toddlers to help them prepare for their journey ahead.
Through 17 sessions, dads will develop skills to cope in healthier ways, understand how different fathering strategies and choices affect children, increase their awareness of controlling, abusive, neglectful attitudes and behaviors, and learn strategies to strengthen their relationships with their children.
Daddy and Me
Daddy and Me is a drop in style group for all dads, giving them a safe space to meet other fathers. You can be a first time father, or a father of many! This group centers around child lead play, giving fathers a way to connect with their child/children through arts, crafts, baking, reading, whatever the nights activity may be. We provide a light supper and the evening’s activities. Every Thursday from 5:30-7:30. FREE.
Baby Think it Over
Baby Think It Over is a program intended for teens contemplating pregnancy. This 13-session program (including an exam) is offered in local schools and in an off-campus classroom to give young people an intensive reality check to help them make independent and informed decisions about the consequences of sexual activity. The programs’ goal is to help avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections.
Young Parents Support Group
Marymound offers a Young Parents Support Group on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch is provided). It’s a great place to make friends, learn, have fun and share ideas. Individualized programming can be developed to meet the needs of young parents and their children. We offer these programs in conjunction with community agencies, organization and individuals right here in Thompson.
Working with Families/Schools who may have at risk youth
We believe in the importance of getting to know the families we work with and help support in their choices. Working and connecting with other agencies to help support and connect youth too healthily support plays a valuable role. We have programs that can be offered in groups or individually. Offering group programs like relationships shift and teen talk are helpful as it helps youth understand and see that they are not alone. Support can be offered individually or in a group setting.
Treatment Foster Care
Marymound also has supports for treatment foster care programming in Thompson. Treatment Foster Care provides children and youth with a therapeutic home environment to grow, develop and experience ‘belonging’. Caregiving can be carried out by individuals, couples and families in the community. A foster parent’s role is to nurture, support and care for children and youth currently unable to reside with their natural families. Treatment Foster Parents will strive to keep connections of the child/youth with their family and community.
Marymound recently opened a community sharing pantry in Thompson, located at 117A Commercial Place.
Food insecurity is a very real and increasing issue in northern communities. The cost of food is significantly higher in the north, and that, paired with other increases in the cost of living, such as fuel, makes for a very tough time for many of the families we see at Marymound in Thompson. The community also recently lost a valuable food bank, which leaves many families wondering how they will access food. Our hope with opening the community pantry is to ease some of the burden of accessing food for the families we support.
There are a few ways you can help support the community pantry:
- Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off at 117A Commercial Place in Thompson, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- In Winnipeg, donations can be brought to Marymound’s Scotia Street Campus at 442 Scotia Street Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Do a non-perishable food item donation drive at your business or school
- Financial donations are warmly welcomed. Make a year-end, tax-deductible donation at www.marymound.com or drop off a cheque in person, made payable to Marymound.
The Marymound North Team is supported by the Program Coordinator and several family support and early childhood workers. The Treatment Foster Care Program is supported by a clinical case manager.
Access to the maternal and early childhood programming is self-referral. Referrals may also come from community partners such as the health care system (maternal health), child welfare, and income assistance and education services.
Access to the treatment foster care program is through the child welfare system.