The Workability Program is a Day Program that focuses on pre-employment activity for people with barriers. Barriers meaning adults who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, behavioural issues and acute anxiety. Participants are engaged in employment related day programming activities two (2) or three (3) days per week. As participants show job readiness potential they will be eligible to receive a monthly stipend based on the number of days worked.
Our Purpose is to…
- Provide service to people with mental illness in the communities of Central Vancouver Island
- Engage trainees in activities that help them take steps to improving their mental health and achieve their full potential;
- Provide a safe and supportive work related learning environment;
- Put people in the right work related activity not the activity that is available;
- Support trainees to return to their place of work and/or re-enter the workforce;
- Help trainees to improve coping skills, minimize hospitalization, recurrent homelessness and continual victimization.
Interested individuals must have a situational or long term diagnosis of mental illness, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, behavioural issues and acute anxiety. They must be goal oriented towards work related activity: dedicated volunteering, part-time or full-time employment. Individuals must be in recovery from drugs and or alcohol abuse and cannot be violent or aggressive towards others. Interested parties will be interview to determine if this program is suitability to their goals and aspirations.
Referrals come from self-referrals, family members, family physicians, hospitals, psychiatrists, service providers, mental health professionals, and community. Individuals will be interviewed for suitability and their commitment for change.
Once a person is accepted they will be known as a volunteer of the Workability Program. Volunteers will go through three stages:
- Must make a minimum commitment of attending two (2) days per week.
- Attend an orientation session and complete a Self-Assessment Tool to identify barriers to active work.
- Establish and implement strategies to work with barriers.
Progress files for each volunteers will be maintained by the Program Director.
The purpose is to engage our participants in our work based learning environment that encourages skill building, confidence and stamina. We offer a number of opportunities to our program participants to gain experience in real work.
Participants gain experience in real office work including answering phones, responding to email, greeting and directing visitors and maintaining a professional look to our office area.
Participants gain experience working in a real nursery. They gain real world skills including planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, and plants.
Landscape Maintenance Assistant
Kitchen Assistant (At the Pie Factory)
Participants work in our kitchen preparing a variety of dishes. They gain skills and experience in meal preparation as well as maintaining a clean and professional kitchen. Participants can take these skills and become employment ready in the restaurant and food prep field.
Thrift Shop Worker
Participants will work in all aspects of the operations of a Thrift Shop including Merchandising, Customer Service, Receiving Stock and Store Operations. Participants will gain job ready experience in all these areas.
We partner with Northwest Bay Nursery to give our Program Participants experience working in the Nursery Industry.