CLBC News – Winter 2017-18

CLBC Board members visit Kelowna, Victoria and Richmond

Dale Froese showed CLBC Board members around the Starbucks in Kelowna where he has worked for almost 10 years, and hosted a coffee tasting for the guests.

Each year, small groups of CLBC’s board members visit local communities to connect directly with individuals, families, Community Council members and CLBC staff. The visits are part of the board’s commitment to listen and learn which assists them in guiding CLBC’s work. To mark Community Living Month in October, Board members visited Victoria, Kelowna and Richmond (you can click the community names to read stories about the Board members’ visits).

These visits help board members learn more about CLBC’s service delivery and the people CLBC supports in diverse regions across the province.

Families test new CLBC service option

Over the last two years, CLBC has been developing a new service option through the Advancing New Support Options (ANSO) project.

The new service responds to what many individuals and families have asked for: support to help people find a job, to make friends, learn new skills, and get better connected in their communities.

The new service will not replace current employment or day programs but will be a new option for people to consider.

Individuals, families, service providers and CLBC staff have been testing the service. This includes testing how CLBC will support the service, find the right service providers and measure its success. This work was completed at the end of November 2017.

CLBC is now planning how the new service will be introduced across the province with work starting on this in 2018 and the service being launched in Spring 2019.

Revamp of CLBC’s welcome process for new families on track

CLBC has been redesigning our planning process for new families by involving the people who will use it.

In the last eight months, CLBC has met with over 300 individuals, families, CLBC staff, CLBC-funded service providers, the Family Support Institute and other groups to design and test a new welcome and planning process.

Based on what families have said they find most helpful, the new process will provide better information to individuals and families before the age of 19, new welcome workshops to learn about the transition to adulthood, community and CLBC supports, and a broader range of ways people can plan with CLBC facilitators and partners. CLBC will launch the new planning process starting in Spring 2018.

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