INTRODUCTION TO SERVICES
About our Agency
Mission Vision, & Values
Declaration of Values
Goals and Objectives
Comprehensive Personal Planning and Support Policies
Visitors to the Agency
If You Have Questions
ABOUT TO OUR AGENCY
There is much to learn and understand about our agency, our participants, our core functions, our guiding principles, our team, and how we do business. At any time, we encourage existing and potential participants, and their caregivers, to reach out to us. A bit of Wor-Kin Shop history is on our website: http://wor-kin.com/about/history
Although we couldn’t possibly tell you everything we do in any one document, we want to be clear and transparent and help you understand the basics of being involved with us. Below, you will read much about our organization. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t worry, we’re here to help!
When you become a participant at the Wor-Kin Shop, one of our friendly team members will sit down with you and review your Handbook, that will help you understand what being a part of our organization is all about.
We are a non-profit, registered charitable organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our purpose is to provide supports to adults experiencing intellectual disabilities
The Weyburn Work Shop signs a Contract for Services with the Ministry of Social Services and is accountable to the Ministry. In the contract the agency is obligated to follow all Provincial and Federal Legislation such as Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom; Saskatchewan Human Rights Code; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and United Nations Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Freedom of Information and Privacy Act; The Health Information and Protection Act.
The Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop is a Community Based Organization (CBO) that provides services, supports and opportunities to adults with intellectual disabilities by providing person-centered programming for each participant who attends the center. The objectives and programming offered at the center are day programming, person centered planning, life skills development, education, recreation, health and wellbeing, supported employment, supported volunteerism, employment training and more. More information can be found on the Weyburn Wor-Kin shop website at www.wor-kin.com.
Our Day Program has four central functions:
- Activity Centre (weblinks to our site)
- Harvest Pie Company
- Vocational Training Centre
- Community Employment
You’ll get to know all those areas when you start coming here regularly.
To provide support services for citizens experiencing the impact of intellectual disabilities. These services will be based upon each person’s capacity and choice. Our services will enhance quality of life, promote independent development, and encourage community accessibility and social inclusion.
To provide an environment in which citizens experiencing the impact of intellectual disabilities can achieve their ideal quality of life.
Those two statements explain what we do, and why we do it. We are very committed to being the best at what we do, and as a result of that commitment, our team also declares their values:
- A team of trusted professionals
- Compassionate and positive
- Transparent and accountable
- Lead our industry through growth and sustainability
- Embrace and drive change
- Value relationships
- Treat others how we want to be treated
- Celebrate uniqueness
- Advocate with honesty and respect
DECLARATION OF VALUES
- We believe you are an individual to be treated with respect.
- We believe that you should be as independent as you can and that you can have control over making decisions that affect you. This is known as Supported Decision Making.
- We believe you have the right to take time for yourself and to be alone when you want to.
- We believe your goals should be met in your community by using the same services as everyone else.
- We believe you should have the opportunity to do things with different people in different places.
- We believe you have the right to be active and do things in your community, and be welcomed and respected by others in the community.
- We believe you have the right to learn, work, live and have fun with other people in your community.
- We believe you have the right to have a life free from abuse.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Part of our commitment to Person Centered Planning is making sure that your goals, needs, and health are for you – by you. This means that some of our team members will be working very closely with you and your core group on some objectives.
The goals and objectives of the programs offered are:
- To provide a meaningful work environment, with job and life skills training necessary to develop a variety of skills in order for you to achieve greater independence and build self-esteem.
- To provide support and training in a clean, and safe work environment to assist in the development of work place skills.
- To provide job search skills, on the job training and follow up services when these services are otherwise unavailable to you.
- To provide instruction in basic life skills in order to achieve a greater independence, build self-esteem; give choices in social interaction, recreational opportunities and vocational instruction to the extent of your capabilities.
- To give you choices about what you want to do.
- To support you in achieving your goals and dreams, no matter what they are.
THE ADMISSION PROCESS
Participants in our programming are most generally referred to us from government through agencies such as Community Living Services Division.
If you, or someone you care for, are interested in being a part of our programs please contact your supports from Regional Community Services.
If you’re unsure of who to contact, the Government of Saskatchewan website has many resources, including:
We believe that every individual we work with has the right to make choices. As a participant in our programs you have many rights. Here are some important ones:
- To have private things about you stay private.
- To make choices about your work here and have a tour of the building to learn what your options are.
- To be treated with respect by everyone who works here.
- That staff will help you to learn the things you choose to learn.
- To have the staff listen to you when you want to talk to them.
- To have the staff help you to look and feel your best.
- To have the staff notice anything that you do that helps you to learn.
- You have the right to take holidays and sick days when you want to.
- If people hurt you or touch you in ways that feel bad, tell someone you trust and just say NO.
- To choose who you want to be involved in pursuing your goals and dreams through the Person Centred Planning Process.
COMPREHENSIVE PERSONAL PLANNING AND SUPPORT POLICIES
Under the terms of our Contract for Services with the Ministry of Social Services we are bound to follow the guidelines of the Comprehensive Personal Planning & Support Policy (CPP&SP), which are:
Policy 1: All supports provided shall recognize the participant’s rights and reflect ethical practices.
Policy 2: Service providers shall interact with participants in a supportive and respectful way.
Policy 3: Participants shall be provided with the support that they need to make decisions.
Policy 4: Any act or omission that causes a participant to experience physical, emotional, or sexual harm, loss of individual rights, or the misuse of their personal property shall be prohibited.
Policy 5: Procedures perceived by a participant to be aversive shall not be used with that participant.
Policy 6: A person-centered planning process shall be used as a means of supporting the participant in deciding and planning her goals and supports required.
Policy 7: The person-centered planning process shall involve the participant and a core group of people who know and care about the participant and are committed to supporting her.
Policy 8: The person-centered planning process shall identify the roles and responsibilities of those providing support to the participant in achieving her goals.
Policy 9: The person-centered plan shall be documented.
Policy 10: Comprehensive Behavior Support shall be used when designing support strategies to affect a participant’s challenging behavior, or dangerous or harmful behavior.
Policy 11: Comprehensive Behavior Support strategies shall be based upon the analysis of objective and thorough assessment information.
Policy 12: Comprehensive Behavior Support strategies shall be documented in a Comprehensive Behavior Support Plan.
Policy 13: The use of medication intended to affect challenging behavior is a component of, not a substitute for, Comprehensive Behavior Support and shall be carefully planned and strictly monitored.
Policy 14: Service providers shall have an established Policy for addressing participants’ new behaviors that are dangerous or harmful to self, others or animals.
Policy 15: Dangerous or harmful behaviors that have not occurred before shall be documented.
You can read more CPP & SP on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website here … http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/17/91903-Comprehensive-Personal-Planning-and-Support-Policy.pdf
VISITORS TO THE AGENCY
Please note, that due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, no non-essential visitors to our agency are permitted. Please contact our office at 306-842-3411 if you require more information.
If you have friends or family who would like to visit while you are here, we have some guidelines to help you (and them) understand what is allowed. Please note that if your visitors are not following this they will be asked to leave.
- Visits from friends and family must always be arranged in advance. You can talk to any of our staff about arranging that.
- Visits must be short, ie: 10 – 15 minutes in duration.
- Visits must not interfere what others are doing.
- If there is an emergency situation, all visitors must leave immediately.
- Visitors must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If they are, they will be asked to leave and the police may be called as well.
- Visitors must check in with a staff member upon arrival. They are not allowed to wander throughout the building, as there are areas of the building that are off limits to anyone who is not a part of the agency, including family members.
- If someone comes to see you and you don’t want to see them, or don’t want to leave with them, that is your right. Please tell the staff if you feel this way.
The team at the Wor-Kin Shop takes your privacy very seriously. All of our staff, Directors, and even volunteers sign Confidentiality Agreements.
Your important documents are always stored securely, and only the people who need access to them can access them. Everyone over the age of eighteen is considered an adult and has the right to privacy.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
If there is something you don’t understand, or if you have some questions, you should always feel free to talk to one of our Direct Support Professionals. If it’s a question that is a bit sensitive, you can talk to our Program Director.
Should the occasion ever arise where you have a serious concern about something at the Wor-Kin Shop, we have some policies in place to help with that. You can talk to the Program Director about what to do.