Looking for information or to have some fun? The Independent Living Skills and Peer Support Programs are for you.
Independent Living Skills offers the consumer opportunities for self-help, to learn new skills, for personal growth and to empower themselves through self-advocacy. Consumers identify barriers that prevent participation in the community and work to reduce obstacles by replacing them with opportunities
Peer Support shares the knowledge of life experience, develops leadership skills, reduces isolation and encourages the consumer to know their rights and responsibilities with other individuals living with disabilities.
The programs are consumer driven meaning they choose the topics and are encouraged to understand and exercise their rights. The goal of the program is to assist the consumer to gain skills and the self-confidence needed to overcome societal barriers and consumers are supported to make their own choices, assume risks and advocate on their own behalf.
Examples of programming include:
- Active living – Accessible curling; accessible golf; pole walking
- Awareness of personal disabilities and of community supports
- Arts and Crafts – a weekly group
- Diabetes Information Group(D.I.G) – held monthly in partnership with the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre featuring guest speakers on how to remain healthy and active while living with diabetes
- Field Trips – these have included, trips to the Elmvale Zoo, the Toronto Science Centre, Midland Cruise, Owen Sound for the Christmas lights, bowling and shopping in Barrie etc.
Friendship Café - a weekly social group
- IL Skills – a weekly group that discusses issues such as, personal growth, comfort zones, dealing with stress, relationships, healthy food and how to deal with emotion
- Monday Afternoon – a weekly group for learning about history, famous people and places around the world
- Movie Nights
- Self Help Workshops
For our calendar of events please click the link below:
We also offer a one on one service where consumers can identify, set and work on personal goals with the assistance of the Independent Living Skills Coordinator can assist you.
For more information please contact: the Independent Living Skills Coordinator at 705-445-1543 ext. *305