Community Based Services

Infant Development Program (IDP)

The Infant Development Program provides home based early intervention services to families with children from birth to three years of age who are experiencing delays in their development, or who are at risk for developmental delay.

Home visits are made on a regular basis by professional staff to assist the family in planning learning activities and to utilize appropriate community resources. Opportunities for parents to meet and support each other are provided through regular drop-in groups and classes organized on topics of interest to families.

Resource library materials of books and toys are also available for loan to families. Referrals can be made directly to the IDP.

Contact:Donna Colodey, Manager of the Infant Development Program at 604.986.1358
Mailing Address: Suite 201-935 Marine Drive
North Vancouver BC V7P 1S3



Special Services to Children

This program is for individuals between the ages of 5 and 18. Each person along with their family or support network develops a plan in order to be successful in reaching specific goals in community settings.Participants enjoy fun, skill-building activities with their one to one support worker who is suitably matched with the individual for the best possible outcome.Average hours of service are 5hrs per week.

Referrals are required from the Ministry of Children and Families (MCFD). MCFD is responsible for the order of acceptance and can be reached at 604.904.4300.

Contact the Director of Community Based Services at 604.904.4090 for more information.

View the Community Based Services Handbook (pdf).



Teen and Pre-Teen Social Program

This weekend program is for individuals between the ages of 9 and 18. Participants enjoy recreational activities and community outings with their peers while building social and life skills.They are actively involved in planning activities and meet as a group at the beginning of every month to create a recreation plan.This program runs on Saturday afternoons and is only closed on statutory holiday weekends.

Referrals are required from the Ministry of Children and Families (MCFD). MCFD is responsible for the order of acceptance and can be reached at 604.904.4300.

Contact the Director of Community Based Services at 604.904.4090 for more information.

View the Community Based Services Handbook (pdf).





Adult Life Skills

This service is for adults aged 19 and over who have disabilities and are interested in continuing to learn life skills. Participants choose a variety of life skills to learn at home or in community settings, assisted by a worker selected by the participant and their family or support network.

Referrals are required from Community Living BC (CLBC) CLBC is responsible for the order of acceptance and can be reached at 604.981.0321. On average, CLBC allocates program participants with 4 hours of service per week and reviews their progress bi-annually.

Contact the Director of Community Based Services at 604.904.4090 for more information.

View the Community Based Services Handbook (pdf).



STAGE (Supportive Transition Adult Group Education)

STAGE is a transition service for young adults that facilitates growth and independence in educational, vocational and social skills after completing high school.

This program is designed for individuals with disabilities who want to improve academic, work and life skills and will transition out of the service within 1-4 years to access other educational or employment related services and opportunities. This service is best suited to those who wish to further their independence through community-based activities and do not require one to one assistance.

How STAGE began: In 2005, the Parent Transition Advisory Group (PTAG) and the North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) designed a service to meet the needs of
young people with disabilities and their families. PTAG successfully lobbied the government ministries and authorities responsible and, in partnership with the NSDRC, introduced
this service on September 1, 2005.

NSDRC invoices STAGE participants a nominal fee that is used to cover additional program supplies. Current fees for CLBC referred participants are $5.00 per registered day. Drop-in fees (for non-CLBC referred participants) are $20.00 per course registered. Please contact the Program Manager if you have questions.

STAGE offers a varied schedule based on the goals of the participants:

To apply to the STAGE Program you must first call Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) at 604.981.0321 and speak to a Facilitator. The Facilitator will assist you with developing a plan and if appropriate will make a referral to the program on your behalf

View the STAGE Handbook (PDF).




Summer Bursary Program

The NSDRC Summer Bursary Program provides financial support to North Shore families/guardians of children and youth who have a special need, disability or are in the process of receiving a diagnosis and may require additional support to attend summer recreation programs, camps or community-based activities. Bursaries can be used towards program or camp fees or to assist with payment of a support worker.

The maximum bursary available per child is $350.00. You may or may not receive the maximum depending on the number of applications received.

Families/guardians are expected to pay for the program/camp first. Reimbursements for costs occur once the NSDRC has received all receipts required.

Families/guardians are responsible for hiring their own support worker and paying those wages that are mutually agreed upon. Receipt forms for support work will be made available on this web page and must be completed.

Funding allocations are made in conjunction with representatives of MCFD and other service providers on the North Shore. As refund policies are usually good and as programs often fill up quickly, we suggest you register your child/youth for a program before you receive confirmation.

Funding for bursaries is made possible from a contract from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), CKNW Orphans’ Fund, Variety the Children’s Charity, United Way, CIBC Wood Gundy, North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation, Deep Cove Lions Club, Lynn Valley Legion, D. Mowafaghian Foundation, the West Vancouver Community Foundation, North Shore Optimist Club, Other Service Clubs and private donations. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the District of West Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and City of North Vancouver through their Community Grants programs.

For more information please contact Kathleen Jessop or 604-985-5371

2016 Receipt for Hours Worked Fillable Form [WORD Doc] (must be returned by September 9, 2016)
2016 Receipt for Hours Worked Fillable Form [PDF]

2016 Summer Bursary Applications are now closed.

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