First CLBC Welcome Workshops well attended

The presenting team for the South Island CLBC Welcome Workshops helps people feel better informed about what to expect when applying for services, and more connected to other families and their community.


Nearly 200 people have attended new CLBC Welcome Workshops held across the province to learn about how CLBC serves adults with developmental disabilities. The four in-depth workshops — Getting Started, Community Connections, Planning Choices and CLBC: The Real Deal — are held over four weeks and help individuals and families connect with each other while learning about CLBC, its services and community options.

A total of 39 workshops have been held so far across the province. They are part of a revamped welcome and planning process CLBC adopted this fall, and open to people already eligible for CLBC services or who think they might be.

In conjunction with the new workshops, CLBC collaborated with the Family Support Institute which launched myBooklet BC, a new site and on-line tool well-received by families and discussed in the CLBC workshops that enables people and families to create a personalized information booklet that they can share with professionals.

Each workshop is led by a team that includes a family member, a self advocate and a CLBC facilitator. Depending on the community, the workshop series may be held in a school, community centre or a CLBC office. Individuals and families who already know they are eligible for CLBC services also have the option at any time of year to be welcomed one-on-one by a CLBC facilitator. Read more about the workshops here.

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