The purpose of our Day Program is to provide options for our participants to help them achieve their goals and dreams. We offer the opportunity for social networking, community interaction and inclusion.
We assist people to learn new skills and abilities and retain those that they already have.
This is done in a safe, nurturing and respectful environment by our dedicated Direct Support Professionals.
Centre Based programming takes place in our state of the art Kinsmen Foundation Community Centre.
Community Based programming takes place within the city of Weyburn, and throughout southern Saskatchewan.
Your Life, Your Rights
All people need to know their rights. The Your Life, Your Rights book and handbook were published by Estevan Diversified Services (EDS) to ensure that all clients know their Rights for Life. This Clear Language Book of Rights aims to help everyone to know the rights that all people have and empower people to have choice and control in their own lives.
Our Participant Advisory Committee further guides decisions around programming, purchases, improvements, etc. This is a group of individuals who freely share ideas and thoughts on various things throughout the year.
Person Centred Planning
We strive to learn the wants, needs and desires of each individual, and incorporate these into our daily activities and program planning. Planning meetings are held regularly with all stakeholders – family, friends, staff – residential and vocational, funding partners or anyone the individual chooses to be a part of their core group. We follow the guiding principles of the Comprehensive Personal Planning & Support Policy (CPP&SP) in this process.
Life Skills Development
We work with program participants to teach and encourage such skills as personal hygiene, light housekeeping, cooking, gardening, etc. Participants are then able to transfer these skills to their residences.
We focus on educating and informing in a variety of areas – safety both in and out of the home (traffic considerations, bullying, who is a friend); personal boundaries, internet/online safety and social media, interacting in social settings and with strangers, money management, manners, sharing, etc. We also work to maintain those things learned in the school settings.
We often bring in presenters from various organizations and service providers to speak to our participants and form bonds with them, as well as volunteers from other organizations within our community. If you have a talent, skill or something you want to share, please give us a call - we would love to have you visit us!
We promote and encourage a variety of activities, both ‘work’ related and fun in order to provide a stimulating and creative environment. This can range from arts and crafts, field trips around town, entertainment within the community, and volunteer artists sharing their skills with us. The sky is the limit and creativity is our friend.
Health & Well Being
We encourage a healthy lifestyle by promoting regular exercise and proper nutrition in all programs. Daily walking programs, gym memberships, chair exercises and contests to see who can peddle the furthest on our stationary bike are all fun ways to incorporate physical activity into our day. We take part in many things our vibrant community has to offer such as bowling at the local alley and swimming at the City of Weyburn Leisure Centre.
We now offer a daily Meal Program to those we support. Meals are planned a month at a time and must be pre-ordered.
As a non profit organization, we know the value of volunteers. Volunteering at local businesses and organizations is a win-win for everyone involved. This promotes community inclusion, awareness and a deeper understanding of those living with the effects of various disabilities. This can also open up new partnership opportunities with other non profit/community based organizations.
We provide support to the participants and encourage learning about new environments and possible employment opportunities. This also gives businesses a chance to learn about someone who could end up being a valuable employee in the future. This can often also be a step towards achieving personal goals for the individual.
Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
We provide music therapy in a variety of ways, including singing along to the music, keeping rhythm with the beat, relaxing while music plays and planning a variety of exercises and movements all set to music.
We welcome musical guests and other volunteers to share their joy of music with us.
We also have a variety of our own instruments such as; maracas, tambourines, triangles, guitars, pianos, etc.; many of which we have purchased through the generosity of Sask Lotteries grant program.
The word Snoezelen is taken from two Dutch words: snufflen meaning to seek out or to explore, and doezelen meaning to relax or to be in a wonderful place
This wonderful place to relax and explore is a therapy room for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, dementia or brain injury. We are extremely proud of this room as it is truly one of a kind in our community! Every visitor to our new building has been amazed at what they see here.
Spending time in this environment can aid learning and development, help to relax an agitated person or stimulate and improve alertness levels of someone who has a sensory processing disorder. We offer a relaxed atmosphere with comfortable seating, soothing sounds, calming aromas (essential oils), massage and vibration, and gentle movements. The ceiling track lift system provides access to individuals with varying levels of physical abilities. The ability to choose interesting light effects such as colors and strobe settings and the ever popular "bubble tube" with floating fish in colorful arenas will keep people interested for a long time!
More information about the positive effects of Snoezelen Rooms can be found here