Now Recruiting Volunteers for Cambridge Neighbourhood Table!

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Hospitality Volunteers

This critical role at our first Cambridge Neighbourhood Table location may be made for you, if you:

  • have a positive life outlook
  • enjoy meeting new people
  • have a passion for interacting with guests
  • have the ability to cope with the unpredictable
  • have appropriate training or are prepared to take necessary training

Ten Hospitality Volunteers are needed for the Forward Church location. You will be involved on the front-lines to engage with our guests, in a variety of ways:

  • help with traffic flow, maintain order and build relationships with our guests through conversation and while participating in games and activities.
  • help guests connect to essential services provided by our partner agencies.
  • offer friendship, support and encouragement to all who come
  • focus on guest interaction and relationship development, without any meal or kitchen involvement
  • time commitment is 2 hours every Friday, either from 5 pm-7 pm or 7 pm-9 pm.

Meal Team Volunteers

Six meal teams are needed for the first location at Forward Church with more around the city over this coming year as additional locations open. Each meal team needs a team leader and usually has about 10 team members.
The role of a Meal Team is to . . .

  • plan the meal
  • order the meal ingredients a week ahead from the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank
  • pick-up the meal ingredients ordered from the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank
  • prepare the meal
  • serve the buffet-style meal from 6 pm to 7 pm
  • clean-up

Typically a meal team signs on for one meal a month, but once every 3 months (or other frequency) is an option as well.  Time commitment for team members is determined by each meal team, typically . . .

  • 2 team members will focus on meal preparation from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • 4 team members for meal prep and serving from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • 4 team members will focus on meal serving and cleanup from 6 pm to 9 pm

Consider volunteering if you:

  • have a passion for helping our citizens-in-need
  • want to be a role player in a meal team environment
  • are primarily interested in meal preparation, serving and clean-up

We are accepting individual volunteers or if you have already gathered a group of volunteers we want to hear from you too!

New Staff Announcement!!

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We are very pleased to introduce Carolyn Leighton-Hilborn, our new full-time Program Manager of Cambridge Neighbourhood Table. Carolyn is an experienced professional with a background in social services, communications and advocacy for vulnerable groups.

Carolyn has 15 years’ experience working in social services in the Waterloo Region. She is also a trained Peer Health Worker through Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

Welcome Carolyn!

Fantastic Pie Auction Raises Funds for Kinbridge

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Pie Auction Raises Funds for Kinbridge

Fantastic evening with the Kiwanis Club of Cambridge and the Central Dumfries Community Club at the Ayr Fire Hall on Tuesday, April 2 where delicious pies were auctioned, raising $852 for Kinbridge. We would like to thank everyone for their support and for taking the time to learn more about Kinbridge, our programs and services. The conversations were great and the pies absolutely yummy!

Support From IODE Preston Chapter

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Kinbridge is delighted to be the recipient of a generous donation from the IODE Preston Chapter. Their donation of funds will help offset the costs of our [lead] (Leadership – Excellence – Asset – Development) Program, making it equitable and accessible for all. [lead] is a certification program that focuses on leadership for youth. This program teaches youth how to be excellent leaders in a hands-on learning environment.

High Five Accreditation

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Kinbridge has been working toward becoming an accredited High Five Organization over the last few months!

Across Canada, HIGH FIVE is trusted to help people and organizations make a difference in over 1 million children’s lives annually, giving them ‘the best way to playTM’.

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs. Founded in 2001 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, HIGH FIVE offers a holistic approach to healthy child development, based in years of research, validated by experts in related fields.

HIGH FIVE maintains a vision that, through sustained involvement in quality sport, recreation and physical activities, all children are experiencing healthy child development. To accomplish this, we work with over 400 HIGH FIVE Registered and Accredited Organizations to ensure that they develop a high level of expertise in child development and are equipped with tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality. HIGH FIVE also provides parents across the country with a recognizable mark of quality when looking for a program in which to enroll their children.

HIGH FIVE holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that the research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids:

  • A Caring Adult
  • Friends
  • Play
  • Mastery
  • Participation

HIGH FIVE empowers organizations to provide the best possible experiences for children in their programs through the active application of these five Principles. Together with our network of national delivery partners, HIGH FIVE strives to have a positive and long lasting impact on children’s lives through healthy child development. We do this by maintaining a quality standard in children’s programs across Canada through research-based training, scientifically-validated assessment tools and advocacy.

HIGH FIVE’s proprietary approach is built on a Quality Framework, consisting of:

  • Training and Development for staff working in children’s programs
  • Program Assessments using the scientifically-validated QUEST 2 Tool
  • Establishing Policies and Procedures to manage risk through QUEST 1
  • Creating Awareness for parents of the benefits of high quality programs for kids

Each component of the Quality Framework works proactively with the rest to create an all-encompassing strategy of quality assurance which, when implemented consistently over time, has been proven to ensure that children age 6 to 12 have positive experiences in programs. This has the tangible outcome of retaining the child’s interest in remaining active.

Simply put, quality experiences at play mean that kids will come back for more.

HIGH FIVE works because of its comprehensive, evidence-based approach to positive experiences for kids. Through the use of HIGH FIVE tools, like QUEST 2, quality becomes measurable, quantifiable and attainable. Organizations can identify areas for improvement with confidence, program satisfaction is increased and organizations enjoy the benefits of meeting an increasing demand for quality assurance certification.

HIGH FIVE matters because kids excel in life through positive experiences. Through our national network of delivery partners, we are able to address societal challenges like children’s mental health and physical inactivity while educating practitioners on the cognitive, social and emotional needs of kids.