A resource for people with disabilities providing:
1. INFORMATION AND REFERRALS:
We provide information and referrals on a wide variety of topics including the following:
Income Support & Benefit Programs (i.e. BC Employment & Assistance, Canada Pension Plan- Disability, federal/provincial gas tax rebates, provincial homeowners grant for people with disabilities, ICBC discount for disabled drivers, etc.)
Disabled Parking Permits
Accessible Housing/Housing Modifications
Adaptive Equipment - for the home, work, vehicle
Education & Training
Disability specific information/groups
The Disability Resource Room is: available to the public
features a computer with Internet access and some adaptive equipment
has print (books, pamphlets, newsletters and magazines), audio and video resource materials.
If we don’t have the information you need, we will help you find it or find it for you.
2. ASSISTANCE: -
Keep Assistance information - Photocopy and fax access are available for clients with relevant needs.
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program volunteers each March and April provide help to eligible individuals (low income and a simple tax situation) who are:
unable to complete their income tax and benefit returns themselves and
are unable to pay for assistance.
We also provide Income Tax/Benefits return support to persons with disabilities ‘off season’.
3. DISABLED PARKING PERMITS:
Permits allows legal access to designated disabled parking spaces.
Temporary (up to 1 year) and Permanent Permits (valid for 3 years) are available
issued based on a physician’s approval.
Application forms and renewals from other issuers welcome (we are one of 8 issuers in the Province of BC)
Application forms are available through:
our Web site (www.peopleinmotion.org)
and once completed can be brought in or mailed to our office along with payment.
4. ACTIVE LIVING PROGRAMS: for adults and teens with disabilities
Social Club/Young Adult Club - adult and young adult club members meet three times monthly to enjoy social, sport, arts and culture, camping and other recreational activities (as determined by the group themselves).
There will be one outing per month just for the Young Adults Club members.
Bowling Group - this group meets Mondays at Bowlertime from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Card Club - this is an informal group who meet Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at our office to play some cards and socialize.
Tuesday Night Fitness Club - is a weekly adult program of fitness, cooperative games and sport activities held Tuesday nights at Arthur Hatton Elementary School from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
delivered with contract funds from Community Living BC
Youth Club - a program for teens with disabilities (13-18) which meets two times monthly to enjoy a varied recreation/social schedule (determined by the members) within a group setting. (remove the Variety association for now)
Summer Youth Recreation and Days Off Programs - are offered to youth in receipt of services from the Ministry of Children and Family Services.
Summer Bowling Group - a program for persons with a disability (and their families) Wednesdays from 2 - 4 pm at Bowlertime starting the first Wednesday in July and finishing the last Wednesday in August. Fees for non-members is $15.00 and bowling fees are paid to Bowlertime. Your own transportation is need - can use Handidart. To register, call 250-376-7878 you will need to sign a waiver.
Cooking/Lifeskills and Boccia - Starting in September - if you are interested please register at the office - 182B Tranquille Road or call us at 250-376-7878.
5. CEDAR CREEK CAMP:
Cedar Creek Camp is a 10.2 acre lakefront property on White Lake offering a rustic but accessible camping experience primarily for the enjoyment of people with disabilities. People with disabilities (as individuals, families, groups or organizations) have reservation priority from January to April 15th each year, reservations open to others after April 15th, available for rental from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving. A People In Motion annual membership is encouraged to rent camp for individual and family renters. We manage Cedar Creek Camp maintenance and development with funds raised through rentals and fundraising and with support of Donators - Province of BC, Urban Systems, the Kiwanis Club and also our wonderful volunteers.
6. PARA TRANSIT BUS: - Charters, Day Trips
People In Motion operates, under Motor Carrier License, a 16-passenger Para-transit bus. The bus supports our Active Living programs but is also available for other purposes. We offer a variety of day trips throughout the year to destinations in the region. The bus is also available for charter to any point in BC. Call us for Charter Tariff rates and conditions or for the day trip schedule.
Bus features include:
• wheelchair lift and restraint system
• air conditioning
• entry Grab Bar
7. INTERNET ACCESS & TRAINING: - not active
We offer 1 to 1 basic training on how to access and use the Internet to interested people with disabilities. A volunteer trainer provides this service. Our resource room computer has a:
19” colour monitor
several keyboards to choose from
8. WORKSHOPS: - not active
Workshops are offered on a wide variety of topics for people with disabilities and other interested parties. Please call or check our web site to find out what is scheduled; we welcome your ideas for workshops too. People In Motion is the local host for SuperHost Customers With Disabilities.
People with disabilities face numerous barriers in their daily living that deny or restrict their access to many opportunities taken for granted by citizens not living with disabilities. Building awareness of disability, the challenges of living with a disability and breaking down the systemic, attitudinal and physical barriers through advocacy, education, publicity and other effective means - all are ongoing roles of our agency.
People In Motion publishes a bi-monthly newsletter filled with information of interest to people with disabilities and those who care about and support them. We also use our web site and e-mail to get the word out about agency activities and other matters. Members receive the newsletter as a membership benefit.
Volunteers are an integral and welcome part of how we do business as an agency. Volunteer opportunities with People In Motion offer community members the opportunity to develop:
an awareness of people with disabilities
an understanding of the non-profit sector
marketable job skills and experience
credit for school/college/university courses
on-the-job training and experience
All this plus a chance to make a meaningful contribution to our programs, services and operations! Volunteers support all aspects of the agency including the Board of Directors, office services, fundraising, program support and camp management.
The volunteer application form is available on our website as well as at our office.
Volunteers are expected to demonstrate belief in our Mission Statement and our values through their actions as a People In Motion Volunteer. People In Motion has adopted the Canadian Code of Volunteer Involvement as a measure of the respect we place on volunteerism.
12. THE SOCIETY:
People In Motion serves people with disabilities locally and within our Health Service Area. Our Mandate is to provide support and assistance, to the best of our ability, to any person with a disability, however we do have a special interest in those with physical disabilities. We are commited to working in partnership with other service providers to meet the needs of all.
We were incorporated provincially as a Society in 1989 and are also a federally registered charitable organization.
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of which a minimum of 51% are people with disabilities, the day-to-day operations and delivery of programs and services is carried out by staff with support from volunteers. Together we work to ensure the voice of people with disabilities is heard and responded to in our community.
While an annual Membership is not required for most of our services, it demonstrates support for the work we do and entitles the member to:
a vote at the Annual General Meeting
be considered for election to the Board of Directors, and selection to committees
receive the bi-monthly newsletter
attend membership events
participate in Active Living Programs (if the member is a person with a disability)
rent Cedar Creek camp
Individual, family and Corporate/Non-profit memberships are available. Application forms can be found on our web site as well as at our office.
People In Motion is funded through various fundraising initiatives including gaming, grants, donations, numerous fee-for-service activities and occasional small contracts. We receive no core government funding, are proud United Way members and grateful to all who support us in our work.
Donations are always welcome! As a registered charity we are able to issue official donation receipts as per Canada Revenue Agency regulations. People In Motion has adopted and follows the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy’s Ethical and Financial Accountability Code. As a United Way Member Agency we are also bound by a Funding Agreement and funding policies related to supplementary fundraising.