Focus is a community inclusion program in Parksville BC that has been operated by J. Garnons Williams Ltd. since July, 1994.

At Focus we provide community based recreational opportunities and assist with job readiness skills to prepare for community based work placements. Developing life skills and communication tools are ongoing parts of our daily interactions.  Participants who attend Focus are all unique individuals with a wide range of interests and abilities. Some common goals are learning to be as independent as possible and enhancing their overall life experience by integrating into their community as fully as possible in a fun, positive and socially interactive way. The individuals currently attending have a tremendous range of abilities, needs, strengths and aspirations and are a wonderfully supportive group of people.

Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9-4 and we are able to support up to 18 adult individuals daily.

There are regular participant meetings during which there is discussion about upcoming activities in the community and an opportunity for participants to talk about things they would like to do.  An activity calendar is developed in advance each month, posted at the program and a copy is sent home. The program is very busy, some days the building is locked up as everyone is out in the community – each day everyone does a community based activity and in house activities are provided for individuals who choose to stay at the program. Some of the regular monthly activities provided include: swimming, nature and community walks, museum visits, learning the city bus routes, shopping/price comparing, job search, sports/yoga, cooking, crafts, singing/music and many more.

Focus staff help participants attain the skills they need for community integration and recreation.  We promote independent thinking – a crucial point for anyone to make responsible, informed choices in their lives.  We encourage participants to do as much as they can independently. Positive outcomes for the individuals attending this program include: support for better maintenance of mental health issues, opportunity to attain vocational goals through staff supported placements, increased choice, participation and satisfaction with their social and recreation opportunities through improved access and improved problem solving skills.

We have very involved families and a Community Advisory Committee made up of participants, family members, home share providers and staff.  The Advisory committee meets quarterly and provides direct feedback on the outcomes of the program.

Referrals to the Focus Program are initiated through the Parksville CLBC office. Their phone number is 250-951-6002.

 

August 2018– Focus Activity Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   

 

 

 

1

Community gardens

Yoga on the beach

Backyard music

Mini golf

2

Papers

HL shop

Riverside slides

Water games

 

 

3

HL

Community gardens

Free time

Yoga on the beach

 

4
6

BC DAY

7

Papers

Art gallery

Music in Park

Outdoor games

 

 

 

8

VIEX art work

Library

Mini golf

Paleontology museum

 

9

Paper

HL shop

Swim

VIEX crafts

 

 

 10

HL

Community gardens

Free time

Hike

 

11
13

Zumba

Water balloon games

NIWRC

 

14

Papers

Back yard games

Music in the park

 

 

 

15

VIEX entries in

Neck Point picnic

Mini golf

 

 

 

 

 

16

Paper

HL shop

Swim

Library

 

17

VIEX

Free time

HL

Outdoor games

18
20

Dance on beach

Water sports

Paint day(Cedar)

 

 

 

21

Papers

Music in the park

Parksville beach

 

 

22

Library(Nanaimo)

Picnic in Nanaimo

Mini golf

 

 

 

23

Papers

HL shop

Swim

Word Yoga

 

24

HL

Community gardens

Free time

Hike

 

 

27

Zumba

Picnic shop

Englishmen River

 

 

 

28

Paper

Tent pick up

Yard work

Prep work

Outdoor games

 

29

Family & Friends Picnic

 

30

Papers

HL shop

Neck Point fairy walk

Water sports

 

31

HL

Community gardens

Free time

Outdoor games