Community Inclusion Support

What this page says

  • If you are eligible for CLBC supports, you can talk to a CLBC facilitator about options for community inclusion support.
  •  There are four types of community inclusion support:
    1. Employment – support to help you find and keep a job
    2. Skill Development – support to learn new things to build your independence
    3. Community-based – support to participate in community activities outside your home
    4. Home-based – support to learn new things or take part in social activities in your home

Being involved in your community can be an important part of feeling included and enhancing your quality of life.

If you are eligible for CLBC supports, or are changing existing supports, a CLBC facilitator will talk about different community inclusion support options.

There are four types of community inclusion support:

  • Employment
  • Skill Development
  • Community-based
  • Home-based

Community inclusion support could be the only CLBC support you receive, or it could be one part of your plan. The kind and amount of support you receive is based on the need for help in specific areas. Visit the Understand CLBC Funding Decisions page to learn how CLBC makes decisions about funding supports.

Individuals also feel more included in their communities, and have a better quality of life, when their supports include ways they can get involved in and contribute their strengths and interests in their community. Visit the Connecting to Community Supports page to learn about opportunities outside of funded supports to help you access opportunities with community.

The benefits of community inclusion

Community inclusion can help improve your quality of life. The benefits include:

  • Making friends and finding activities and opportunities in community to get involved with
  • Improving your skills and developing work experience
  • Feeling more safe by knowing others in your community
  • Making meaningful contributions to your community and finding important roles you can play in your community

What types of community inclusion support are available?

Once you are eligible for CLBC supports, you can speak with a facilitator to explore services that seem to be the best fit for your needs and goals. You can also learn about funded services on this website below. When you meet with a CLBC facilitator, you will have the chance to talk about funded service options in your community in more detail to better understand which one(s) might best meet your needs and goals.

CLBC currently funds four different community inclusion service options.

Current options include:

Employment

For many people CLBC serves, employment is an important part of living a life filled with possibility. A CLBC facilitator can work with you to explore different services that are available to help you find and keep a job.

Visit the Employment Support page to learn more.

Skill development

Developing new skills is a valuable way to build your independence and well-being. Skill development supports can help you learn and develop skills to engage in your community. This could include planning and preparing your own meals or learning how to get around your community using public transit.

This type of support is focused on the goal of developing a specific skill within a certain amount of time.

Skill development support could take place in a one-on-one or group setting.

Community-based

Some people need support to get out and participate in their local community in a meaningful way. Community-based support can help take part in community activities outside of your home. This could include learning a new skill, joining a social event, or participating in sports or recreation activities.

Community-based support could be part-time or full-time, and usually follows a schedule during the week.

Home-based

Depending on their needs, some people prefer to get community inclusion support in their own home. Like community-based support, this could include learning a new skill, or taking part in social and recreational activities.

Home-based support could be part-time or full-time, and usually follows a schedule during the week.

The Advancing New Support Options Project is currently underway to add a new support that combines employment with building friendships, community connections and lifelong learning. This is scheduled to be added in 2019.

Talk to a CLBC facilitator about community inclusion support

To talk with a CLBC facilitator about community inclusion support you may be eligible for, please contact your local CLBC office.

Visit the Local Offices page to find your local office contact information

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