Tell us about your partnerships
Community-based partnerships are one of our cornerstones. We have mutually beneficial relationships currently with:
NGOs: Community Living BC, Community Living Victoria, Garth Homer Society, LifeTime Networks
Educational: South Island Distance Education School, University of Victoria Faculty of Education, School of Youth and Childcare, CanAssist:, Camosun College
Employment: Thrifty's Food, Coast Capital Bank, Canoe Cove Cafe etc
Volunteering: James Bay Community Centre, Mount St Edwards. Our Place Society
Others: Flow Comm, Saanich Recreation, yoga, Pandora Art Collective, etc
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
InclusionWorks! groups are to-date located in Victoria with information requests from up-Island and the lower and central mainland. The target group is transitioning youth, however the model could assist other groups (i.e. aging individuals). A website launch in the coming month will address calls for information, but it is expected that interest will grow as a result of the internet presence. To date growth has been limited due to the nature of the model, the need to assess its effectiveness over time, the volunteer nature of its leadership, and financial and human resources.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Innovation in the community living field has been driven by self-advocates and families and InclusionWorks! (IW) builds on this history. Born of need, dissatisfaction with the traditional service options, and high expectations for lives included in community, IW comes from a specific values-based point of view and a culture of interdependence. It is based on a philosophy of “employment first,” inclusion and citizenship. It supports dignity of risk, recognizing the greatest safety is found in community. Coupled with these values is a small, flexible volunteer organizational structure of self-advocates and families, partnered with progressive community organizations and CLBC staff to create quality supports and programming. These relationships hold the potential of family governance.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
IW can offer facilitation from a family perspective on setting up a family governance model and also coordinating opportunities for collaboration and networking among families.
IW can offer mentoring for workers in community on the IW model.
We would like to find more families engaged in similar projects, as well as opportunities in community regarding employment for our participants.