We believe that caregivers are a vital part of the care and support we offer the children. The caregiver must grow beyond coping with the child’s needs, to becoming an important collaborator in supporting the child through all interventions. It is a lifelong journey that also requires fellow caregivers to surround them and cheer them on. That is the vision of the community Extra•Ordinary People envisions to facilitate and serve.
Our Caregiver Support Team, a.k.a. Care B.E.A.R.s, comprises caregivers of special needs children who are also full-time staff, as well as counsellors who are able to support fellow caregivers in their often intensive caregiving, as well as self-care for sustainability. Our Caregiver's Lounge in our WIFI-free Centre offers a sanctuary for caregivers and families to bond and share anything from coping methods to food recipes. Our space also features a multi-sensory garden for families to unwind and play in.
We also provide workshops and facilitate meaningful support groups grouped along common age groups and forms of disabilities of their children, to build a closer-knit community. Partnering with SG Enable, we provide parent-to-parent mentoring, especially for young parents needing extra support in caring for their newly diagnosed children.
Through the following initiatives, we design opportunities for learning, growth and empowerment for these superheroes who provide endless care to the special ones they love. Our initiatives include:
• Befriending caregivers of our special needs community to provide care and support
• Empowering caregivers to elevate their potential and involvement within our community
• Affirming caregivers’ efforts in their caregiving journey
• Respite and resource avenues extended to caregivers to recharge and increase knowledge