Community Inclusion (CI) services are designed to support individuals to have rich lives within community. All CI services are accessed through referral from CLBC. The days and times an individual receives CI services varies and is based on the needs of the individuals and their families.
BeConnected’s Community Inclusion Services fall under the following categories: Employment, Skill Development, Community Based, and Home Based.
Employment uses a variety of methods to ensure that individuals achieve employment within an integrated setting. This option includes supported employment, customized employment, and / or self-employment options.
Skill Development provides individuals with support to develop skills that are required for healthy, independent living. Support may be provided to individuals through one-on-one or group arrangements. Services are goal-based and time-limited.
Community Based CI is designed for individuals who require ongoing support to participate in community in a meaningful way. The service operates outside the individual participants’ homes and is usually offered according to an established schedule that allows individuals to participate on a part-time or full-time basis. It may have a vocational focus, social /recreational focus, or some combination of the two.
Home Based CI is designed for individuals who require ongoing support to participate in community in a meaningful way. The service operates within the individual participants’ homes. It may have a vocational focus, social / recreational focus, or some combination of the two.
In BeConnected’s community and home-based CI programs, participant activities may include: volunteering in a soup kitchen or at a community program, teaching sign language in a preschool, baking and delivering fresh baked goods to homeless shelters, serving refreshments and cookies at a seniors centre, flyer or paper delivery. Paid work and pre-paid work skill development. And educational opportunities offered include: sign language, computer training, self-advocacy and social skills, first aid, FoodSafe.
In-House Community Inclusion programs are provided by BeConnected employees. Other Community Inclusion services are provided by contract out of our Victoria Office to serve the South Island and our Duncan Office to serve the Central Island.