Grants

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Canucks Autism Network Society

"I CAN Volunteer" Program

The "I CAN Volunteer" program is designed to encourage participants' development of professional experience and employable skills, facilitating their transitions into the workforce. The program is designed to focus on problem solving, creative thinking, proficiency and leadership abilities. The program provides a series of workshops followed by a practical experience portion within our existing programs. The workshops are conducted with a view to progressive behavioural skills training, where the skills emphasized within each session build upon those developed in the preceding workshop. Each workshop is structured to facilitate skill development by breaking each lesson into individual components of instruction, modelling, testing, and constructive feedback. The practical experience portion grants participants the opportunity to internalize the skills emphasized within the workshops, and to gain practical work experience in a sports and recreation environment. Staff will work to tailor the program, both workshops and volunteer opportunities, to the specific needs of each participant.
$3,250.00
2014

Golden Eagles Berries - Work Placement

This is CAN's pilot paid work placement program and part of the Aging with Autism series. Our intention is to support the aging autism demographic through volunteer placement, job readiness coaching and supervised work placement. This initial program will be one week long where participants will be supervised and assessed by a Site Coordinator and 1:1 Workers both in the plant and in the fields. We anticipate the assessments will indicate that 50% of the participants will move on to finding work opportunities outside of CAN. We intend to use this as a model for other programs adjusted according to the community needs and local resources throughout BC.
$14,100.00
2011

Clay Tree Society for People with Development Disabilities

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Cafe - Year 2 and 3

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Cafe - Year 2 and 3
$125,000.00
2012

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Coffee Shop

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Coffee Shop
$64,450.00
2010

Clements Centre

Lunch on Clements

Our goal is to create a social enterprise from a provincially funded program for adults with developmental disabilities. The Lunch on Clements (LOC) program has been operating for over 20 years. It features a large commercial kitchen and a licensed cafeteria/restaurant. 15 people attend every day from 9-3. They participate in community activities and cook in the kitchen. The program produces meat pies, sausage rolls, cookies, quiches, Nanaimo bars and other squares for retail sale and offers a limited catering menu. Currently participation in the program is voluntary. It is considered a training kitchen. The participants receive no financial compensation. In the kitchen they learn cooking skills and other general life skills (e.g. budgeting, grocery shopping, social skills). They also participate in community activities as the cooking only takes up a portion of each day. Sales profits go back into the program and help fund activities and community outings. On an annual basis the program has gross sales of approximately $40,000. This is with no marketing or sales promotion or branded packaging. Our plan is to re-create the program as a social enterprise that employs adults with developmental disabilities. We will conduct a marketing campaign, re-brand the business, and create a separate business entity (co-op). We will start paying minimum wage to everyone who works for the co-op. A comprehensive business plan and third party feasibility study have been completed.
$117,000.00
2015

Coast Mental Health Foundation

Low Barrier Employment for People with Mental Illness

For the past 30 years, Coast Mental Health has operated supported employment programs for people with severe mental illness. We have observed the difficulty people with severe mental illness have in returning to work due to the symptoms of their illness, their medication and their lack of confidence. Coast has seen that opportunities to work need to have structured expectations but offer the client flexibility, time to practice good work skills and to become accustomed to working. In 2009,Coast had the opportunity to develop a new low barrier employment program, the” Street Cleaning Crew” with funding from the City of Vancouver. The project hires and trains people with mental illness in skills required to clean community sidewalks, gutters and alleys of refuse and debris. The workers are supported by Peer Support Workers and supervised on the job by project staff until they regain their independent work skills. Once they reach that point the clients are encourage to find other paid employment if that is appropriate for their health.
$90,000.00
2012

Communitas Supportive Care Society

Customized self-employment:Micro Social Enterprise for persons with a disability

The project will create a comprehensive approach to provide dynamic business supports to assist entrepreneurs with disabilities to build up viable businesses until they have established themselves firmly in the community. This approach will support entrepreneurs from beginning to end of the business establishment process. Steps include: Orientation - complete an asset assessment which looks at individual's suitability, needs, interests,abilities and community supports. Viability - provides preliminary research of various market conditions to select the most suitable business opportunity that match person's abilities. Business planning - builds on viability research to create a detailed strategy to launch a successful business. Start-Up - implementation of the business plan; may include registering the business, enroll in WorkBC Customized Self Employment Program, developing marketing materials, acquiring financing, materials, equipment inventory, training, etc. On-going Support and Fade-out - Development of community natural support network, enabling paid supports to fade out.
$66,000.00
2013

Community Living Victoria

InclusionWORKS! Employment Through Family Governance and Self-Direction

InclusionWorks! will develop its capacity for employment development and supports under its family governance structure–find and sustain employment for young adults in partnership with the generic employment services used by all British Columbians–and document the process and lessons learned for other family-governed groups, users of Individualized Funding, employment service organizations and policymakers. The project will develop community capacity and promote expectations of employment with transitioning youth and their families. The project will contract with a job developer/employment facilitator to develop jobs and coordinate employment services for participants, including working with partners and support workers to align education, discovery, job development, job search, training, and job coaching. It will also fund support worker and family training on employment. This 3-year project will develop, implement and evaluate the model, collect lessons learned and create a report and guidebook to be distributed to self-advocates and families.
$182,935.00
2013

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

Cowichan Valley Independent Living Resource Centre

Self Employment Program

Self Employment Program
$40,000.00
2010

Cultivate Canada Society

Cultivate Canada Society – Urban Orchard

Sole Food Farm will develop an Urban Orchard on one of our established urban farm sites. We will continue to employ residents of the DTES and provide hands-on skills training in grafting, planting, pruning, maintaining and harvesting fruit trees in an urban environment. This project will directly increase the amount and diversity of local food made available in our community while reducing food miles, increasing urban tree canopy, and diversifying native pollinator food sources.
$50,000.00
2012

Delta Community Living Society

Leading Employment & Achieving Possibilities - Youth Mentoring Pilot Project

The Leading Employment and Achieving Possibilities (LEAP) pilot project proposes to support young adults transitioning from school to work. We envision a youth mentoring and support framework that will provide formal training for youth with and without developmental disabilities. The youth trained as mentors will then lead structured topics and activities for a group of proteges with developmental disabilities, as well as one-to-one support activities that will help lead the proteges to successful employment. The project will be managed by staff at DCLS Solutions Employment Services, established to respond to the needs of youth and adults who desire meaningful paid employment. DCLS Solutions has been successful in developing a Customized Employment (CE) pilot project which has been sustained beyond the 3-year pilot timeline. DCLS has created a framework for the CE process, data collection, best practices and community partnerships. The outcome of the original pilot resulted in 32 people with developmental disabilities successfully obtaining employment in our community in 4 years.
$114,600.00
2013

Solutions Job Developer

Solutions Job Developer - This project will increase employment among Perrsons With Disabilities by working n a one-to-one basis with employers in the DCLS service region and job seekers to create the best match between a job seeker's skills/abilities and the employer's needs.
$60,000.00
2010

EMBERS

EMBERS Staffing Solutions - Employment Support

EMBERS Staffing Solutions - Employment Support
$50,000.00
2010

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

Fort St. John Community Enrichment Centre Foundation

Employment Project for Special Needs Adults

Employment Project for Special Needs Adults
$35,000.00
2010

Gibsons Family Network

Marketing and Business Expansion Plan for Sunshine Shack Kiosk

We wish to research possible other locations for a beverage kiosk, that would provide a higher traffic volume and also research offering a catering service to various community groups GFN has had a great response from the community for the work we do to provide inclusion and employment for people with developmental disabilities. In order to continue operating the Sunshine Shack we need to develop a business plan with the long term goal of sustainability, while providing employment and training-on-the job for young adults who have recently graduated from high school Our main focus for this project will be a comprehensive review of services including an assessment of current and future needs. We are asking assistance to hire an external evaluation consultant to conduct the review of services, and to assist us in developing a process, criteria and reporting framework to evaluate the expansion options. This will help us to identify core services and help us to make a decision which expansion alternatives will be pursued. We will also update our website to be more current.
$7,500.00
2011

Grendel Group (Family Advocates)

"Training For Growth"

Food security and healthy eating are of utmost concern for residents of the Bulkley Valley. Employers in the agricultural sector (local farms, garden markets, plant centres, etc) have expressed interest in hiring Grendel participants with well-developed horticulture skills. In order to accomplish this, the Grendel Group will hire a Support Worker to focus specifically on honing the participants' skills to meet the expressed needs of local employers in the agriculture sector, as well as developing communication, math and customer service skills. This worker will also be responsible for outreach with potential employers, job placements, and continued support of the participants. Of course, this project adheres to the Grendel Group's principles of providing opportunities for hands-on training, peer education, community integration, and programs based on quality produce and food preparation.
$4,300.00
2014

The Grendel Players

The Grendel Group (Family Advocates) is a values-based organization, dedicated to establishing programs that provide educational, work experience and skill development opportunities within the community that contribute to the moral, mental, cultural and physical improvement for individuals with developmental intellectual delays (DID). The Grendel Players is a theatre program that works towards developing the participants' communication skills. This proposed project will have the Grendel participants create, rehearse and perform a play about the value of differences. The participants will also be involved in the building and painting of the set; creating the props; and helping to make costumes. This endeavor will better integrate these individuals into the community and provide them with the necessary communication skills and self-confidence required to obtain employment. It will also provide and opportunity to members of the community to see these individuals in a different light: recognizing their abilities as opposed to their disabilities.
$3,430.00
2011

High Road Services Society

Innovations' Kitchen

Innovations' Kitchen is a social enterprise jointly managed by the Supported Employment Program and Special Projects program of HIGH ROAD Services Society. Innovations' Kitchen(IKitchen) operates five days a week in the cafeteria space of the local high school, providing nutritious snack and meal options prepared by the individuals employed part time by IKitchen. The individuals receive instruction and support in learning industry standard skills that can be transferable to other employment settings. Employers often do not have the time or resources to provide one on one continual training supports for individuals with disabilities. IKitchen removes this obstacle by providing on the job training in the areas desired by potential employers, while providing a fair wage for the individuals. Individuals are instructed in Food Safe and Health and Safety procedures while experiencing realistic employment expectations such as being on time for scheduled shifts, following an appropriate hygiene routine, working coherently with coworkers and completing tasks according to direction given.
$10,000.00
2014

Hope Action Values Ethics Culinary Training Society

HAVE ITA Accreditation: Professional Cook Level 1 Course

HAVE is expanding our 8 week culinary training program to offer an additional accredited 21 week culinary program for participating students to receive their Professional Cook Level 1 Certification recognized by The Industry Training Authority (ITA). The Professional Cook Level 1 program is the first level towards becoming a Red Seal certified chef and can cost upwards of $3,300.00 per person for a 32 week program at a postsecondary institution. HAVE plans to offer inclusive and accessible ITA accredited training at no cost to our students. This program includes classroom lessons and testing, beyond the regular 8 week program. For our students that wish to further their culinary training we work quite hard to either help them access funding for post secondary school or place them with an employer that offers an in-house apprenticeship program. Both of these options are typically difficult to come by and do not include the ongoing support many of our students need, be it due to recovering from addiction, PTSD, or mental health. Our goal with this program is to create opportunities, foster inclusiveness and acceptance, and bring about change for those who are most in need. What has made itself very clear to us over the years is that when people are given the opportunity to succeed, they do. Individuals that lack basic needs when applying for work such as no fixed address, no phone, and no ID, are often excluded from mainstream society.
$41,000.00
2015

Inclusion BC

Ready, Willing & ABLE

Ready, Willing & ABLE will work to increase the employment rate of British Columbians with a developmental disability. Our initiative has 3 measurable objectives, and is aligned with CLBC's Community Action Employment Plan. Our role within the CAEP will focus on building employer capacity and changing public attitudes by: 1. Developing and delivering a professional development series, including a "tool kit" for employers, in targeted pilot communities. Designed around the needs of employers, local business leaders will present from their experience about inclusive workplaces. The series, called "Personal Best: Growing the Team, Improving your Profits" will target business owners and CEO's. 2. Linking these employers to Employment Specialists in our member agencies and establishing employer mentoring networks, both locally and provincially. 3. Changing public attitudes by launching an integrated communications campaign called 'We're Ready, Willing and ABLE' highlighting local business leaders and focusing on the business case for hiring people with developmental disabilities.
$265,000.00
2013

Phase 2 Opening Doors to Work 2

Phase 2 Opening Doors to Work 2
$50,000.00
2010

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