What this page says
- Many people don’t know what to expect when they turn 19, or if they need help from CLBC later in life.
- CLBC asked the people we support to help us create a series of workshops to help answer their questions and know what to expect from CLBC.
- These workshops help people learn about connecting to community, planning options, and how CLBC works.
CLBC is taking steps to improve the way people enter CLBC supports and funded services at age 19 or later in life. People who become eligible told us they feel overwhelmed when they are transitioning into adulthood, or trying to get support later in life. They aren’t aware of supports in their own community, they don’t know what they can plan to do, and they are worried they’ll have to fight for the services they need.
A better way
In 2017 and 2018, CLBC involved hundreds of individuals, families and partners in a project designed to help people feel better supported. Individuals and families helped CLBC design a series of four CLBC Welcome Workshops. The goal was to help people feel better informed, more connected to other families and their community, and understand what to expect.
Each workshop is led by:
- an individual already receiving CLBC supports
- a family member
- a CLBC staff member
Workshop 1: Getting Started
An introduction to CLBC and what next steps are needed next to move into adult life. We want to give you an idea of how all the pieces fit together, including the CLBC piece. In Getting Started we’ll cover some of the differences between child/youth and adult services and supports and present information, resources, and choices about what’s next.
Workshop 2: Community Connections
This is where we start to collect and share information about our local community with each other. Just like we capture the strengths of ourselves or our family members, we want to capture the strengths and other great things about our community. Bring what you know and let’s learn from each other
Workshop 3: Planning Choices
As an individual and/or family you have choices about how to plan for the future, and who to plan with. This workshop is about the many different ways you can plan and the planning help that is there for you. This workshop also explains the information CLBC will ask about you if you decide to request services.
Workshop 4: The “Real Deal”
If you decide to apply for CLBC-funded services, this workshop is for you. It explains how CLBC works and how CLBC makes decisions about who gets services and when. It will also explain the different kinds of services CLBC funds.
Where are workshops held and how do I register?
CLBC Welcome Workshops are being organized across the province. In many regions they will happen at a local school. If you live in a remote community and cannot attend, CLBC can offer you other ways to get this information, or you can receive it from a CLBC facilitator. Call your nearest CLBC office to learn about how to register.
Throughout the year, CLBC also posts upcoming Welcome Workshops in the online event calendar here.
Find your local office or call: 1-877-660-2522