Grants

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Vancouver-Fraser Branch

Green Dry Cleaning Social Enterprise for Mental Health Consumers

Green Dry Cleaning Social Enterprise for Mental Health Consumers
$30,000.00
2010

Connec Tra Society

Are Disability Benefits in B.C. a Barrier to Employment?

Are disability benefits and the security they provide for people with disabilities serving to deter those very same people from searching for work? Additionally, what would happen if people with disabilities were allowed to retain their full benefits while working and earning income? ConnecTra Society, in cooperation with researchers at the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, proposes that the Government of British Columbia test the possibility that the benefits it currently pays monthly and annually to people with disabilities, in fact, pose a barrier to employment for a percentage of recipients – perhaps even a majority. This two-part research project proposes first to test the attitudes of people with disabilities with respect to work and receipt of benefits and, second, to test what happens when people with disabilities, currently receiving social assistance over the course of a full year, are able to seek employment without losing their benefits. Please see the attached proposal for greater detail.
$25,000.00
2012

Tetra Ability Opportunity TAO Project

The Tetra Ability Opportunities (TAO) project is an initiative of the ConnecTra Society, in partnership with the Tetra Society of North America, two charitable organizations that deliver support programs for people with significant physical disabilities. Tetra volunteer Brian Johnson suggested the idea that the new Tetra Workshop, created in partnership with iCord and located in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, could be adapted and opportunities explored, so that people with varying levels of disability (up to and including high quadriplegia) can be trained to use the workshop's tools and equipment. Together, Tetra and ConnecTra have developed a project that will assess the viability of training people with disabilities to learn to cut, drill, sand, paint, etc. Participants will learn these skills while working to create items that have been pre-selected as needing a range of tools, skills and levels of physical ability, including jigsaw puzzles, bird feeders, flower pot holders and wooden toys.
$20,000.00
2011

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association

Stable Management Vocational Development

CTRA offers several spheres of programming which contain individualized sub-programs (for example: introduction to competition, therapeutic horsemanship). We are hoping to develop and implement a “Stable Management Vocational Training” program under our “education” sphere, creating a vocational development program for persons with disabilities in the areas of equine husbandry, horsemanship, and stable management. This program would run parallel to our already existing therapeutic programs, running for 10 week sessions at a time. Participants will engage in a mixture of theory, applied lessons, and hands-on (supervised) practice – according to their ability and goals. Class would be appropriately limited and grouped to ensure adequate supervision and quality of instruction and will be taught by our CanTRA-certified instructors. As clients progress, we intend to provide opportunities in volunteer roles (as appropriate), in the intention of providing opportunities for applied development & bridging the gap between education and active participation in the local employment economy.
$30,000.00
2012

Family Support Institute (FSI)

familyWORKs - helping families to see the possibilities in employment

"familyWORKs" is about shifting attitudes. We will work with families to feature/show what is possible in terms of employment.We will work through family barriers. We see a "familyWORKs chapter" in many regions across BC. Our family oriented experience/efforts will enhance our ability to bring a more holistic approach to families in supporting them to develop a vision & action plan when it comes to employment for their loved ones. After engaging with families & supporting the creation of a family governed, family directed "familyWORKs chapter" we will develop and enhance the following: -an established web presence -family driven training with a focus on developing a vision for employment -training on asset based approaches to planning/various planning processes, action plan development, and community driven conversations In the familyWORKs; chapters families will have a voice & vision that can be drawn upon. These chapters will meet each month, share & learn, and develop complimentary individual action plans. We will meet families where they are at and grow from there.
$30,000.00
2013

Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works 2013

This initiative proposes to provide support to twenty secondary school students to increase their attachment to the labor market after school hours, weekends and throughout the summer months. These supports will be offered to youth in grades 10-12, including youth who are transitioning out of high school. The initiative proposes to complete a discovery process with each student, in collaboration with school and family partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and job coaching to ensure success in their workplace of choice. Securing part-time and after school employment is the most potent support we can offer students to ease and support the transition to adult life. This is the most common experience for typical youth, but remains a largely illusive opportunity for students with disabilities. Students graduating school with job experiences on their resumes will have a greater likelihood of securing employment after graduation.
$20,000.00
2013

Youth Works 2012

This project proposes to provide summer employment opportunities for youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 16 and 19. Generally this will be youth in grades 10-12, including youth who have just completed high school. This project will be managed by the Association in collaboration with the organizations' employment service, Partners in Employment, Langley School District #35 and a host of local businesses and employers. The project proposes to complete a discovery process in collaboration with school partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity for a 6 week duration throughout the summer. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and coaching to ensure their success. The project proposes to track individual successes over a number of years to determine if access to summer employment improves the likelihood of students obtaining employment after graduation.
$25,000.00
2012

Youth Works 2011

Youth Works - to provide summer employment for youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 16 and 19.
$30,000.00
2010

Independent Living Vernon Spec-Team Assessment Society

EmployAbility

ILV is partnered with Neil Squire Society to deliver the EmployAbility program. This program runs 3 days/ week for 12 weeks at a time, 4 times per year. Participants do distance learning on the computer about employment topics, through a virtual classroom (eg. Moodle). In the afternoon, participants have group activities which focus on health and wellness topics: smart shop tours, agency visits, or discuss topics such as communication skills or managing your disability. Consumers are given the choice about what topics are covered, based on what is relevant to them. There is a significant need for one on one support for consumers and increased focus on self esteem. ILV is requesting funding to increase staff support to 5 days/week. This increased time will provide time to offer a 14 week "The Gift of self Esteem" program and additional one on one sessions with consumers. The self esteem program will be one day per week, leaving one full day available for one on one appointments with consumers.
$29,800.00
2013

MCSEEDS for People with Barriers Society

Customized Employment Services for At Risk Youth

Farm Worker Training Curriculum Development Project
$22,118.00
2010

Musqueam Indian Band

The Musqueam Labour Market Development Program

Conditions stemming from Residential School Syndrome (recognized as a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) often go undiagnosed, resulting in multiple barriers to employment for a disproportionate number of people of Aboriginal ancestry. Musqueam's pilot project will provide diagnostic testing, treatment, and skills training to improve employment possibilities for multiple-barrier clients.
$22,200.00
2011

Nechako Valley Community Services Society

Nechako Valley Local Foods

Nechako Valley Local Foods
$23,424.00
2010

Pathways Abilities Society

Foundation for Employment Year 3

The time of transition from the secondary school system into the workforce can be difficult for young adults who have developmental disabilities. While some of them may have had unpaid work experience as part of their secondary curriculum, this appears to be insufficient to prepare them for pursuing a livelihood after leaving the school system. This project over two years has provided supports to sixteen individuals (eight per year) with developmental disabilities that are still involved in the secondary school system, and will provide supports to a further eight youth in the coming year. Supports are provided to assist these youth in securing and maintaining part-time employment in evenings or on weekends. Job development literature makes clear that personal connections are the best way to secure employment. This project will assist youth to begin to build a foundation network of employment contacts, through paid work experience, establishing employment contacts, and networking in the business community. This is not a job "readiness" program. The project is based on the premise that most of the workforce began to work for money in their teens, and that people learn about work through working. Follow up monitoring is conducted after the students leave the secondary school system to determine what impact having employment and developing employment contacts has on their transition into the adult workforce.
$21,424.82
2013

Foundations for Employment

Foundations for Employment
$20,603.00
2011

Foundation for Employment

Foundation for Employment
$20,313.00
2010

Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities Society

Employability Skills Workshops

Our clients have numerous challenges in their attempts to find employment ranging from the pure physical disabilities that create limitations to psychological issues that create further barriers. In order to assist these individuals in overcoming these barriers there are a number of basic skills in which they require training, which we define as Employability Skills. The program we offer provides ongoing workshops covering a number of topics including Career Exploration and Job Search, Memory and Attention Skills, Basic Internet Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Resume Writing, Job Interview role plays, Job Retention, Personal Presentation (hygiene), Time Management and Conflict Resolution. We have determined that all of these skill sets are extremely important when trying to place our clients into employment and have a direct impact on their ability to not only obtain a job but also to retain their job.
$25,870.00
2011

Prince George Brain Injury Group Society

Working for a Living Year 4

Working for a Living Year 4
$25,000.00
2010

School District #36 - Surrey

Warehousing Employment Project

Warehousing Employment Project
$20,000.00
2010

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Mentorship Employment Prorgam

The Mentorship Employment Program will provide opportunities for both young adults with developmental disabilities and the local business communities to broaden their expectations of how persons with disabilities can meaningfully contribute in the workplace. The Program will help participants discover and develop their interests and skills in the pursuit of employment opportunities, and will facilitate increased accessibility and inclusion in Sea to Sky communities and labour markets. The Program will provide participants with opportunities to explore 3 employment options through supported unpaid and short term employment experience in order to find the best/most appropriate employment opportunities, where both employee and employer needs are satisfied. SSCS is uniquely positioned to successfully deliver this program using our related experience and existing collaborative networks. We have been helping adults in their career choices since 1990 and have worked effectively with partners in many of our employment and disability focused programs.
$30,000.00
2011

The Garth Homer Society

Oak Bay High School Transition Pilot

The Oak Bay High School Transition Pilot Program is targeted to high school students with developmental disabilities, and their families, to support them in preparing and making effective choices concerning community inclusion, support programs, and employment after graduation. Working with students from grades 10 to 12, the program will create experiential learning opportunities that allow students to gain independent learning about the different possibilities open to them. The varied experiences provided — such as employment internships, post-secondary opportunities, volunteer participation, or other community inclusion activities — would allow students to make informed choices about their futures. It also allows the program facilitators to provide new perspective for individual students, their families, and others involved in their support, on each student’s potential to transition effectively after graduation, and to succeed and develop in different situations. Funding is being requested for Phase 3 of this project, from January to June 2013.
$25,000.00
2012

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project - Year 2

Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project - Year 2
$20,000.00
2011

Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project

Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project
$20,000.00
2010

TTS Theatre Terrific Society

I Love Mondays

I Love Mondays
$30,000.00
2011

Mrs. Miller's Diary

Mrs. Miller's Diary - a full scale professional production that will employ 9 diversely abled actors each paid at union scale, along with technically experienced theatre professional for a series of developmental workshops and a two week performance run in a professional Vancouver Theatre.
$30,000.00
2010

Victoria Brain Injury Society

Survivor, Supporter, Success!

The "Survivor, Supporter, Success!" program provides volunteer and employment training and mentorship to brain injury survivors. A large percentage of survivors are unable to return to their previous professions post-injury and must find gainful employment or volunteer opportunities in an environment that works with their disabilities. This program aims to rehabilitate and retrain survivors so they are able to volunteer or re-enter the workforce. Participants complete a peer support training course which enables them to become certified peer support volunteers. They develop transferable skills, including active learning and listening, problem solving, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, time management and communication skills. Once in their position as peer supporters, they support other survivors during their rehabilitation. This mutually beneficial program enhances the capacity and self-confidence of the peer supporters and is utilized as a stepping stone to paid employment, while also providing recent survivors with educated, understanding peer mentors.
$28,236.00
2013

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