FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Northumberland County, ON – July 20, 2023
The non-profit organization celebrates its 35th anniversary this August 22nd, 2023
For over three and a half decades Community Care Northumberland (CCN) has been providing essential services and programs to Northumberland County residents. With the amalgamation of five local agencies (Brighton, Campbellford, Cobourg, Colborne, and Port Hope), CCN was formed to provide community support services to give people the opportunity to live well, at home with the assistance of screened and trained volunteers.
In 2010 another integration was successfully facilitated with two local organizations (Hospice Northumberland Lakeshore and Palliative Care Campbellford) and CCN began offering hospice services, to complement community support services being provided. In 2017 the Palliative Care Community Team was established with clinical navigation, supportive care and grief and bereavement services added to visiting hospice services. Later that year, approval was given to build the Northumberland Hospice Care Centre, led by CCN. By September of 2020 the first residents were admitted to Ed’s House for end-of-life palliative care. Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre currently has six resident suites and has four ‘roughed-in’ suites for future expansion.
A new program was also formed in 2020, when CCN partnered with the Ontario Health Teams of Northumberland (OHT-N) and launched WrapAround for Older Adults. This program matches trained peer support facilitators with older adults, supporting those experiencing persistent complex needs and conditions and their caregivers.
In the past year, CCN has completed 32,000 essential drives for clients in our community, provided 15,398 social and safety calls, and delivered 40,421 nutritious meals. Hospice volunteers and staff supported 531 clients in the community and over 148 residents and their families at Ed’s House. CCN’s Brokered Worker program assisted almost 500 home help and maintenance clients. The WrapAround program has had six successful participants transition out of the program and currently has six active participants with ten more ready to be matched with volunteer facilitators.
With an aging population in Northumberland County and an increased desire for individuals to stay in their homes longer, CCN’s service needs are increasing. In the past year (April 2022-March 2023), Community Care Northumberland has received a total of 362 new referrals for programs and services with 72% of these requests from individuals aged 65 and older.
To support these needs, CCN is calling for individuals who have time to give to their community. For as little as one (1) hour per week, you can make an impact in your community.
“We know at Community Care Northumberland (CCN), that we couldn’t deliver our programs and services without our volunteers. Volunteering also provides a great opportunity to give back to your community while meeting new friends and learning new skills. Connect with me to check out our website or to learn about a volunteer opportunity best suited for you,” comments CCN’s Colleen Williams, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator.
Current volunteer needs:
- Friendly Visitors in Trent Hills, Brighton, and Cobourg
- Meals on Wheels in Trent Hills, Brighton and Port Hope
- Transportation Drivers in Trent Hills and Brighton
- Hospice volunteers county wide
- WrapAround Facilitators county wide
Please email Colleen Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org , call at 905-375-7356, or visit CCN’s website and fill out an online application at www.commcare.ca
Trish Baird Joel Scott
Chief Executive Officer Donor Relations and Communications
Community Care Northumberland Community Care Northumberland
Community Care Northumberland (CCN) is a multi-service community support organization in
Northumberland County. Through the creation, coordination, and delivery of nutrition,
transportation, wellness, in-home and hospice services, CCN improves the health and wellbeing
of our clients. Our programs and services improve the quality of life of seniors, adults with
disabilities, those recovering from illness or injury, and hospice clients and their loved ones and
caregivers, allowing them to remain in their own homes and communities. www.commcare.ca