Y Fit 4 U
Established in 2010, Y Fit 4 U is a joint program of McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Les Charter YMCA. The program focuses on meeting the fitness goals of individuals ages 10 and up who are clients of the McMaster Children’s Developmental Rehabilitation Program (CDRP). On Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Les Chater YMCA, children and youth work alongside CDRP physiotherapists, YMCA staff, and volunteers through tailored exercise programs to help them meet their personal goals and to integrate physical activity into their daily lives.
In response to COVID-19, Y Fit 4 U has adopted an online format so that clients can stay active at home. Every week, staff, volunteers, and clients come together via Zoom to follow a workout program created by the Y Fit 4 U team. According to participant testimonials, this program has benefited clients physically and has helped maintain their sense of community during the pandemic.
The 2015-2016 school year was the first year that Smiling Over Sickness collaborated with the Y Fit 4 U, and we are very excited to continue to be a part of this meaningful and fun initiative! Under this unique program, volunteers will be considered as dual Hamilton Health Sciences and YMCA volunteers, making it an ideal opportunity for anyone hoping to build experience in the healthcare system.
We are hoping to recruit 12 volunteers for the 2021-2022 academic year. In groups of 5, volunteers will attend 2 hour sessions at the Les Chater YMCA every week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays to provide hands-on support and encouragement to the clients as they work towards their fitness goals. In addition, volunteers will help run Y Fit 4 U's various community engagement initiatives in order to raise awareness and support for individuals with disabilities.
There will be one group leader during each shift. Group leaders will be responsible for ensuring that everything runs smoothly and all volunteers are abiding by the program rules and expectations. Group leaders will also help facilitate communication between other volunteers and the volunteer coordinator, as well as creating stronger sense of community within the volunteer team.