Written by Audrey Batterham, Peer Program Coordinator, Eva’s Satellite

At Eva’s Satellite, recreation includes using the gym for sports, going on excursions, playing board games, watching movies, playing video games, relaxation activities, and various art programs. Recreation is an essential part of life at Eva’s as it keeps the youth busy and uses their skill sets to help them build confidence, as well as improve their physical and mental well being.

Youth can encounter new sports and art forms and discover numerous learning opportunities in areas such as discipline, responsibility, and teamwork. Youth are brought together to create a community where they can collaborate with one another and build connections. We also have many youth who were strong athletes in school, and that was a big part of their identity. They can reclaim that identity by using the gym and having access to sports. The gym is a space that they can make their own, away from the stresses of life.

Recreational programs also provide the youth at Eva’s Satellite alternate ways of coping, compared to drug and alcohol use or self-harm. Art can become a way for them to express themselves and narrate their stories in visual ways. It gives them a chance to release negative emotions and build motivation and esteem. There is a high rate of artistic creativity within the homeless community – visual artists, writers, poets, singers, rappers, dancers, and so on – and they often lack the opportunity to develop and get recognized for their talent.

Recreation is a vital part serving Eva’s residents and we need more resources to maintain them. Please read the following list below to learn more about the items we need most. If you would like to donate one of these items, or any item that may be helpful to us, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at info@evas.ca or 416-364-4716.

OUR WISH LIST

Sports Equipment

  • Yoga mats
  • Racquets – tennis, badminton, Ping Pong paddles
  • Arcade games
  • Nerf footballs
  • Bins to organize balls
  • Swimsuits
  • Rollerblades, skateboards
  • Baseball mitts
  • Goalie nets for soccer, floor hockey etc.

Event Supplies

  • Mics and amps
  • Spotlights
  • Disco balls
  • Patch cords

Art supplies

  • Good quality paper
  • Multi size canvasses
  • Clay
  • Beads and hardware for jewelry-making
  • Good quality paints
  • Personal sketchbooks or scrapbooks
  • T-shirts and fabric paints
  • Boxes for organizing
  • Frames for artwork
  • Portfolios
  • Different types of paintbrushes
  • Instruments

Games

  • Video Games i.e. Rockband, Guitar Hero, karaoke games, Halo, etc.
  • Board Games

 

About the Author

Audrey Batterham leads the Eva’s Satellite SPOT Program. The Satellite Peer Outreach Training (SPOT) Program is a peer-to-peer education program. It values and honors the lived experiences of youth with substance use backgrounds. Youth hired on as peer workers provide options, information and education to other youth who live at Satellite and in the community, who may or may not be using substances. Trained peers offer relevant and accurate information on topics such as safer drug use strategies, reducing the risks of contracting sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Peers can offer suggestions on increasing healthier lifestyle choices. Peers fight the stigma faced by people who use drugs, are homeless, and/or live with blood borne infections or STIs.

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