Support and Recreation Services

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The SRS’s hours of service are:

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 7 days per week

This program is ongoing, participants can stay in the program for as long as it is benefiting them.

 

The Support and Recreation Services (SRS) is a dynamic and diversified resource centre where individuals (members), who are 18 years or older challenged with mental illness can receive a variety of social/recreational opportunities and counselling/support services.

The SRS is designed as a social centre with a drop-in format, open 365 days a year, operating 7 days per week from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Members can determine their involvement from an array of structured and unstructured (self directed) activities that promote: socialization with their peers and healthy living choices. Structured activities include: discussion and educational sessions, music appreciation, art and cultural activities, community inclusion, special event celebrations, creative expression, self care and personal development. Activities are offered on-site and in the community. These activities provide a sense of belonging, a place to go, have fun and provide opportunities for recreational activities that they might not otherwise have access to due to their limited income. Based on their involvement they also benefit by increasing their interpersonal skills, self awareness, self worth, self esteem and decreased social isolation which helps to maintain their mental wellness.

Members have access to counselling, where they receive services such as; assessment, crisis prevention and intervention, problem solving, goal setting, referrals and resource information. The support often involves liaison with other community services and mental health professionals to ensure coordinated interventions and continuity of care. These support services are essential in assisting members to develop strong coping strategies which help maintain healthy involvement in the community.

Involvement in the SRS may also include volunteer opportunities where a wide array of skill development opportunities are offered; some of these include phone reception, tuck shop, clothing bank, management, member-based committees, and opportunities to help plan and implement events and activities.

Individuals wishing to join the program are asked to meet with a Mental Health Worker to complete an intake. The role of the Mental Health Worker is to provide one to one support, linkages to other services and to facilitate a variety of recreational experiences.