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Social and Activity Groups

Social and Activity Groups

Like all of our Community Living programs, these groups are intended to strengthen daily living skills, as well as social skills for adults with developmental disabilities. Participants learn new skills while they share, for example, an evening meal. Phoenix staff facilitate conversations around a variety of topics including healthy living, communication, and community resources.

We have three longstanding social and cooking group programs: Monday Night Social, Wednesday Social and Cooking Group and Thursday Women’s Group. Each group is facilitated by two staff and is composed of six to eight participants per session.  To ensure the suitability and comfort of all individuals, there may be a two-week trial period.

Location: 1095 Joan Crescent.

Duration: All groups run throughout the year with intake on an ongoing basis. The duration of service is 9 months.

Monday Evening Social and Cooking Group

This weekly co-ed group provides an opportunity for individuals to develop social skills and strong peer relationships, while working together preparing and sharing an evening meal. Individuals supported in this group usually live with a caregiver and may require consistent support to perform daily living tasks such as cooking.

The group runs on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for 9 months.

Wednesday Social and Cooking Group

This weekly co-ed group provides a supportive environment for capable adults who live independently in the community. Individuals develop social skills and strong peer relationships while working together preparing and sharing an evening meal. The group also chooses to eat at local restaurants or participate in community-based activities. In 2014, this group planned and held a garage sale – then went out to a Christmas meal to enjoy their earnings.

The group runs on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for 9 months.

Thursday Women's Social and Cooking Group

This weekly group provides an opportunity for women – who usually live with caregivers - to develop social skills and strong peer relationships while working together preparing and sharing an evening meal. In this group, the participants often enjoy board games while they share their life experiences and learn from each other. The skills gained within this safe and supportive setting inspires increased confidence and independence. 

The group runs on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for 9 months.

Employment Circle

At Phoenix Employment Services, we know that paid employment is one important way to be active full members of our community.

The Employment Circle supports participants to meet, to learn, to have fun and to talk about work.  This is also the place to share your successes and your challenges related to work.

While participating in games and exercises, members may explore topics related to finding or keeping work, such as teamwork, workplace communication, interview preparation, job hunting, or self-employment.

The group meets every 2nd Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The dates for 2015 are: September 10th, October 8th, November 12th and December 10th.

Out of the Rain - Games Group

Small groups meet at the Royal Canadian Legion on Fridays from December – April from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 780 Summit Ave (at the corner of Nanaimo Street). This welcoming space has 4 pool tables, a shuffleboard table and dart boards.  This group is co-hosted by one of our program participants.

Special Events

From time to time and by request, staff and participants fundraise, plan and organize special events, outings and Seasonal Celebrations. In 2015, we had a garage sale, summer BBQ, boat cruise, and are planning an end of year celebration. We also visited museums, went to movies and shared special meals.

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The Process

Referrals for all services must go through the offices of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC).  You may contact them regarding eligibility by calling 250-952-4203.  If you have any difficulty contacting CLBC we will be pleased to assist you.

If you already know that you are approved by CLBC and eligible for service hours, please call us to find out which programs or which groups might be the best fit for you.

This is the beginning of the pre-screening, intake and assessment process. You will have the opportunity to meet with us personally and tell us about yourself and your needs. Goals will be developed collaboratively and reviewed throughout the duration of service.

How to Reach Us

For further information on Social and Activity Groups, please contact Stephanie Saunders, Program Coordinator, at 250-383-4821 or email at ssaunders@phoenixhumanservices.org.