Community Access: Community Development Program

Community Development primarily means getting people involved in the community and civil society. The Council does this in two major ways. Through the "Access Team", the Council assists in the development of new disability-related organizations across the Island and provides support to the endeavours of existing ones. In addition, the team facilitates five regional Disability Advisory Committees.

The Community Development program has two component services:

Group Development & Support service involves support for, and liaison with, disability groups & administrative and organizational support for developing disability and self help organizations.

Disability Advisory Committees bring people with disabilities together to address issues of local concern and do peer support & networking.

Group Development & Support

The Council assists in the development of new disability-related organizations across the Island and provides support to the endeavours of existing ones.

The services provided by the Council to other disability groups enables several of these organizations to provide their programs and services and are vital to their operations. These services include photocopying, typing, fax and telephone use, equipment usage, etc. The Council also assists groups in preparing funding applications to support their activities. The Council's meeting room can be booked by a developing and existing groups. Regular meetings of groups associated with the Council provide an opportunity for networking and information sharing and the Council works in a co-operative manner with them. We have assisted in developing a number of self-help groups across the Island and we develop and deliver skills training workshops, when requested, for the various groups associated with the Council.