Transitioning to Competitive Employment
In January 2016, we received a three year Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant to enhance and build from the success of our Job Readiness program. The purpose of this grant is to provide people with intellectual disabilities increased economic stability by preparing each person for the workplace and providing each participant with meaningful and competitive employment opportunities.
In February 2016 we hired an Employment Facilitator, Adam Penney, and this past year we ran 2 Transitioning to Competitive Employment sessions with the success of assisting 3 people to secure employment positions. The Employment services that are offered are separated into three sessions and each participant must complete all three sessions to receive a certificate. The sessions focus on Job Readiness training in a classroom setting, Skill Building sessions held at a work site and finally Employment Planning. To learn more about Transitioning to Competitive Employment, please contact Employment Facilitator Adam Penney or Sharon Wright, Manager of Community Development and Volunteer Services (613-969-7407, Ext. 22)
Volunteering at Community Living Belleville and Area
- Makes you feel great because you know you are enhancing the lives of people in your community.
- Keeps you active after retirement.
- Enriches your perspective.
- Enhances your resume with experience and service to your community.
- Boosts your positive attitude.
- Allows you to make a difference.
- Challenges you with new experiences, such as:
- Visit and bring new ideas.
- Offer your time.
- Learn new things.
- Undertake exciting activities.
- Numerous opportunities to raise someone’s spirits.
- Try something new.
- Enhance your skills.
- Enrich your life.
- Realize your potential.
Volunteers are screened, which includes filling out an application. This application will be presented to the volunteer at the time of screening. The volunteer is then matched to a volunteer role that supports their volunteer interests. Volunteers, including student volunteers, must meet with the Manager of Community Development and Volunteer Services prior to volunteering.
Volunteer positions within the organization range from working directly with a person to leading an activity, supporting a fundraising event, employment mentoring position and/or supporting a special event as an assistant.
Student volunteer positions are more site specific with direct or indirect supervision. Positions are often connected to becoming an assistant during special events. This can be a great experience for students and an opportunity for them to consider choosing an education within the Human Services sector.
If you are interested in volunteering at Community Living Belleville and Area, please e-mail Sharon Wright or call her at 613-969-7407, Ext. 22.