Youth & Social Services

logoThe Department of Youth & Social Services provides programs and services designed to improve the quality of life for youth, families and individuals so that they may reach their full potential.


Covid

Youth & Social Services wants you to know that we are here for you and your family during these unprecedented times. If you are currently in need of extra support, please do not hesitate to call us.


YOUTH PROGRAMS

Our Summer 2020 July Calendar is out! While this summer may be different, we are trying our hardest to provide fun and engaging activities for kids! Please visit the Summer 2020 tab for more information. Click on the "Register NOW!" tab to register for programs.

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Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates! 


FOOD BANK  (updated 6/8/2020)

DONATIONS

We are currently accepting food donations Monday-Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm.  A donation cart is located in the vestibule of Town Hall. Since this pandemic began, the outpouring of support from our community has been overwhelming.  We are so incredibly fortunate to be part of such a thoughtful and generous group of people and businesses.  Thank you. 

If you are interested in making a donation to Social Services, they can be left in the drop box located outside of the front doors of Town Hall. FOOD BANK 5

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH FOOD, JUST GIVE US A CALL. 

We understand that these are trying times for all, and people who have never needed to use the food bank before are now in need due to the circumstances we are facing. We only ask that you prove that you are a Colchester resident, otherwise food is available to anyone who can't afford to buy their own right now.

   In order to maintain the health of our staff and patrons, we have made the following changes to our regular food bank distribution:

We are currently providing curbside pick up only for food distribution. Pick-ups are still scheduled for Thursdays each week.

Call us to schedule your appointment, then you can place an order on-line, just click here to sign up and access the form.

Orders must be submitted between Friday and Tuesday prior to your appointment. Please do not order before Friday. If an order is not placed within the specified time frame, we will provide  prepacked bags instead. 

(If unable to order on-line, you can place your order over the phone when you call to make your appointment)  

 

 

Supporting Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Talking to Kids:

PBS- 10 Tips for talking about Covid 19 with your kids

ChildMind- Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Mental Health:

HelpGuide- Coping with Stress, Fear and Worry

NAMI- How to protect your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Screenagers- Anxiety: What every young person should know

Crisis Text Line- Dealing with Coronavirus

Substance Abuse:

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery- Telephone recovery support and Virtual support meetings

Colchester Alcoholics Anonymous- Online Meetings

Family Resources:

ChildMind- A-Z Guide for everything you need

Johns Hopkins University- The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on adolescents

Screenagers- Tips for improving study time during Covid-19