Day Program

The Day Program provides opportunities for clients to interact, learn and socialize with peers in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment. The Day Program consists of educational and recreational programs that are open to all clients involved in any Libbie Young Centre program. Individuals living in the community living with mental illness may apply to become a Day Program client, it is not a requirement to access other services offered through LYC.

Educational interventions of the Day Program focus on numerous areas of health and wellness:

  • Communication and social skills
  • Healthy relationship education
  • Assertiveness training
  • Diet and nutrition education
  • Goal-setting workshops
  • Budgeting workshops
  • Personal health and hygiene management education
  • Symptom management and coping strategy education

The focus of the wellness education classes is to promote self-awareness, strengthen autonomy, encourage personal growth, develop the ability to relate to others, and build resilience.

Recreation interventions focus on expanding knowledge of cost-effective, community-based resources.  Clients are able to learn about activities, groups, and clubs available to them that can help improve mental health and social well-being.  Through outings and community engagement clients are supported on their wellness journey as they establish and explore their leisure-related interests.

Programs are offered to provide a reliable source of support, restore balance in times of crisis, and enhance overall quality of life. The community has continued to welcome the Day Program with kindness, compassion, and generosity.  Community businesses have appreciatively provided LYC with discounted pricing, and free admission tickets on occasion.

Example of Day Program Activities

  • Music (guitar lessons, singing group, karaoke)
  • Baking & cooking classes
  • Meditation, stretching & yoga
  • Support groups
  • Equine therapy during spring & summer months
  • Cards & board games
  • Trivia & Jeopardy games
  • Art (sketching, painting, crafts)
  • Facilitator & peer-led walks
  • Bowling & billiards
  • Servus Sports Centre (pickleball, volleyball, walking at the track)
  • Coffee groups
  • Tennis, badminton & ping pong
  • SPCA outings
  • Volunteering with staff
  • Cultural education presentations and activities
  • Lawn bowling
  • Outdoor yard games (croquet, horseshoes, soccer, bocce ball, washers, spike ball, ladder golf, XL-Jenga, softball, kickball, etc.,)
  • Memory & problem-solving games
  • Wii & other video console games
  • Creative writing, poetry & reading groups
  • Library outings & shopping outings
  • Swimming & water aerobics
  • Movies & documentaries
  • Outdoor basketball at local parks
  • Puppy play days
  • Crochet & knitting
  • Bingo & table-top games
  • Driving range outings
  • Beading & bracelet making
  • Fairs, farmer’s markets & parades
  • Free time
  • Karaoke

Check out some creative activities from 2018-2020!