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Terrace youth: walk in, hang out, get help when you’re ready

Terrace Foundry’s space at TDCSS welcomes youth for clinical counselling, or simply friendship

It’s a place to go. It’s safe, it’s quiet, and there are people there to listen if you need to talk. Don’t feel like talking? Log on to one of the computers, grab a book or challenge one of the Peer Support Workers to a game of chess.

The Terrace Foundry is a space for youth ages 12-24 to find professional support for their mental and physical health. It’s also a nonjudgemental space to connect with peers, get homework and resume help, or unwind. The Foundry is managed and operated by the Terrace and District Community Service Society (TDCSS) at 101-3219 Eby St.

“Most youth start by just walking in — some come with friends, and some come because a parent might have heard about us. Some reach out for counselling or other supports right away, but many start by just hanging out in the space,” says Paige Alexcee, a Peer Support Worker with Terrace Foundry.

Sometimes groups enjoy putting a movie on in the background while they dig into the Foundry’s art supplies. Alexcee says they also have an impressive collection of Magic cards, which pulls some visitors into elaborate games.

“It’s a safe space where youth can connect with others and access help while maintaining their privacy. It’s super useful just to have a fun place to go, and place to talk about your mental health. Even just working here has helped me,” Alexcee says.

Foundry services:

  • Clinical counselling: By appointment.
  • Walk-in counselling: Drop-in available.
  • Peer support: Drop-in or by phone, for both youth and families.
  • Youth groups: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Harm reduction nurse and Intensive Case Management Teams: Drop-in Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nurse Practitioner: Drop-in available Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Virtual services: For youth in surrounding communities, remote services are available.

In addition to these services, youth can get help with homework, advice building a resume and ask other questions. There are also opportunities to earn volunteer hours and develop leadership skills by joining the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), where youth give direct input into the programming and promotion of the Terrace Foundry.

“The best thing to do is just come in and see it for yourself. Once we connect in-person, we’ll help you figure out what you need.”

For community support at any age, reach out to TDCSS by phone (250) 635-3178, email info@tdcss.ca or visit tdcss.ca. Learn more about the Foundry at foundrybc.ca/terrace and stay up to date on groups and events on the Foundry’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

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