The Social Development Program has had many significant changes over the past few years. In 2015, the new Social Director Kateri Coade, conducted a comprehensive review of the social program. The Social Program has progressed towards a case management approach to practice, where the Director is trained to deliver holistic services to ensure that income assistance clients receive the supports, services and referrals to move forward with their personal goals, which often include education, employment, training and overall mental wellness. Coordination with First Nation and Provincial programs has been essential in assisting clients towards self-sufficiency.
The Enhanced Service Delivery (ESD) program was continued in 2014-2015 and has expanded its scope. The Enhanced Service Delivery program has evolved from its beginnings as the Active Measures program, which was first introduced in 2012. The ESD program is primarily for clients between the ages of 18-24 who are currently on social assistance. This program is to assist those clients in case management, skills development and training/education in order for clients to gain and maintain meaningful and secure employment.
In 2014-2015, we had 23 clients who were eligible for the program and of those, 12 participated in an 8 week group that was offered from November 2014 to February 2015. The focus of this group was for clients to gain life skills training one day per week, and to work two additional days per week in a workplace setting as a way to apply their newly learned skills, attain new skills and to receive constructive feedback. This programming was client-focused, meaning that topics and employment placements were based on clients’ goals and interests. The program was a success and resulted in full-time employment for seven individuals, while the rest of the group continues to work successfully on their education. Those who did not participate in this group were either employed or decided to opt out. This program will continue in 2015 and will offer new programming in the near future.
Abegweit First Nation is commited to improve the overall development of Abegweit's workforce to enable our community to continue to prepare our future employees with the skills they require in today’s challenging workplace.
For more information contact the Social Director at (902)676-2353 ext 103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org