CLBC’s next strategic plan

CLBC spent the summer and fall gathering input and preparing its next strategic plan which will set key priorities until 2020. The CLBC board as well as individuals and families on the Provincial Advisory Council guided the planning process. This summer and fall, 15 communities across the province were visited to gather further feedback, and CLBC also met with a range of advocacy and community living sector leaders.

There was strong consensus on priorities for creating better outcomes, improving relationships with individuals and families, improving systems and increasing quality with service providers. The finalized plan will be announced in the near future.

New CLBC inclusive housing resources

aaronangel-webFor the first time, CLBC partnered with key stakeholders to deliver inclusive housing sessions at the BC Non-profit Housing Association conference, which recently took place from November 20 to 23 in Richmond. CLBC CEO Seonag Macrae addressed the estimated 1,000 delegates about the need for more inclusive housing. The CLBC-sponsored inclusive housing sessions were well attended by a range of people wanting to know how to create more housing for the people CLBC serves.

CLBC has also created new resources, including a web page and brochure, to help individuals and families, housing developers, providers and planners understand what makes housing inclusive, and the benefits of inclusive housing for everyone. You can find the resources by clicking here.

CLBC launches new digital newsletter

teresa-webCLBC Connect is a new bi-monthly publication that provides readers with more frequent information on initiatives, supports and resources. It also shares stories and tips about how families are accessing supports and services from CLBC and their communities to help build good lives.

Read the latest edition online here and you can also click here to subscribe to receive future editions to your inbox.

Help test a new community inclusion service

The Advancing New Support Options (ANSO) Project is inviting individuals, families and service providers to contribute more input for a future CLBC community inclusion service.

ANSO is hosting community meetings from November 2016 to February 2017 in Kelowna, Prince Rupert, Campbell River, the Lower Mainland, Nanaimo, Prince George and Cranbrook. You are invited to attend and provide input on the creation of this new user-driven designed service intended to connect individuals with employment and personal development opportunities and support stronger social participation. You can find more information about event details online here and you can email if you would like to attend.

include Me! quality of life survey update

3949_CLBC_IncludeMe_Wordmark_ME_v8Planning is moving forward for another round of surveys to ask individuals CLBC serves about their quality of life. The include Me! team is finalizing the list of service providers that will be participating this year. The plan is to complete approximately 1,500 surveys in this round.

This year the include Me! team is continuing to actively survey in the Vancouver Coastal, South Fraser, and Interior regions and will be expanding to new communities in the Kootenays. The team is currently meeting with service providers in these areas to finalize plans for implementation.

CLBC regional reorganization project wraps up

Based on input from individuals, families, service providers and staff, over the past year CLBC has undertaken a reorganization of regional offices to address internal barriers by moving to integrated teams of facilitators and analysts reporting to a single local or regional manager. The aim is to better empower managers to make timely decisions, provide more effective support to CLBC staff and improve service to individuals and families. A story and fact sheet on the project were published on the CLBC website here.

We are pleased to report that CLBC has now completed this move to integrated teams in each region. As a result of the new teams, some individuals and families as well as service providers may receive a notice of a change of your CLBC contact. However, we do not anticipate any major disruptions. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the manager at your local office.

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