Community Living British Columbia 

Generation Farms Community Inclusion Program and Skill Development


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Generation Farms - Community Inclusion Program and Skill Development

This is a service where an individual who is funded by CLBC is paired with a trained worker. The goal is to assist each participant in enhancing emotional and physical wellbeing as well as deepening and expanding their life skills. While participating in the Community Inclusion Program individuals will be supported to generate connection with their community, peers, other services providers and local organizations. We have an office on Commercial Stree and the beautiful 33 acre Generation Farms facility in Yellow Point is also available. 

Our program is small and aimed at young adults. It is very individual, responding to the needs and interests of the individual. 

1 to 1 Community Activities

Individuals participate in activities in the community that can assist them in developing life skills, recreational interests, socializing and pre-employment skills. Opportunities to be with a 1 -1 worker are in the community where there is an opportunity to practice in public and develop competence and confidence.

  • Involvement in the community tailored to the individual's interests -walks, movies, meals, visiting the library, skating, swimming, gym, city parks and recreational facilities
  • Life skills such as bus training, budgeting and banking, learning about healthy cooking, choosing simple recipes and shopping for ingredients, managing stress and taking care of physical self.
  • Other community activities that benefit the individual

Friday Social Group

This is a group generally offered on Friday evenings. In the summer and for special events the group may meet at another time. The ideas are developed within the group and appropriate for a group of young people getting together for recreation and fun. 

Some activities include:

 

  • attending events such as fireworks, musical events
  • playing board games
  • movies
  • kareoke
  • cooking dinners together for fun or for special occasions
  • camping
  • camp fires

 

Who would this benefit? Individuals who:

  • are looking for something different
  • are looking for a challenge
  • would benefit from an outdoors experience
  • would like to work on building relationship skills and pre-employment preparation
  • are looking to add more activity in their lives
  • may be suffering from anxiety/depression and looking for the benefits of a natural environment and relationship with animals
  • would benefit from learning boundaries in an active way
  • have been wounded in their relationship with people. 
  • may have been active previously in their life and would benefit from a gentle introduction back to an active outdoor lifestyle

 

If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact your

Community Living British Columbia Nanaimo Facilitator and ask for a referral to our services.

Facility visits by appointment only. Our programs are confidential. Please email to arrange a visit.

 

Generation Farms Activities

There are many possible activities for individuals participating in the Community Inclusion Program at Generation Farms depending on the needs and interests of the individual. We have a 33 acre working farm with horses, cats, dogs, miniature goats, miniature horses and donkeys. There is space for walking and adventuring, hay fields, wooded areas and two ponds. The farm attracts wildlife such as eagles, beaver, hawks, deer, ducks, rabbits and more. It is a peaceful environment that encourages an active lifestyle and a calm outlook. There is a crafts room for indoor activities when needed.

The Friday Social Group meets on some Fridays at Generation Farms in our group room. Here there are special occasion dinners cooked by the group, Kareoke, camp fires and more. 

Other Activities include:

  • Nature walks on the farm AF1
  • Interaction with the animals
  • Learning about care for the animals
  • Helping with basic farm chores
  • cooking simple meals
  • Art and craft actities
  • board games, team play

We do not offer Therapeutic Riding or teach riding or horsemanship in this program. The intention is to gain benefits from being at an active farm and nature environment.

Having individuals participate in many of the above activities can create the opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, read body language and to set and respect boundaries. It can also build skills that are helpful for pre-employment or volunteering: responsibility, assertiveness, communication, problem solving and more.

Counselling Program -  Emotional and Relational Self Care

Marshall & Associates offers counselling for individuals with a Developmental Disability, along with their families and other important people in their lives. This service is be results oriented and time limited. It is oriented to addressing specific challenges related to daily living and develops personal skills for successful living.

                   Self esteem
CC                   Assertiveness
                   Confidence building
                  Healthy boundaries and relationships
                   Managing grief
                   Create and maintain personal safety
                   Problem solving and decision making
                   Successful goal setting
                   Emotional regulation skills
                   Understanding personal right within the context of their current challenge
                   Personal skills to build capacity after traumatic experiences
                   Addressing specific challenges related to volunteering, pre-employment
                      and employment

The degreed counsellors are skilled in a variety of approaches and are familiar with individuals with a Developmental Disability. Services are offered both at the Marshall & Associates office on Commercial Street and at Generation Farms in Yellow Point depending on the needs of the individual. Generation Farms programs are under the umbrella of Marshall & Associates which has offered professional counselling in the mid-Island since 1988.

If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact your

Community Living British Columbia NanaimFacilitator and ask for a referral to our services.


 

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