What is Family Support?

Family Support provides advocacy, ongoing emotional support and information about local services for children with a developmental disability. The Family Support Worker, along with the family or caregiver, will develop an action plan specifically focussed on the needs of the child and their family.

How Does Family Support Work?

Our Family Support Workers can answer questions and assist families with concerns about education, funding sources, future planning, parenting programs and support groups, respite programs and community supports.

Contact the Family Support Services team directly. A Family Support Worker will follow up to gather further information that is required to form the foundation of a support plan.

The Family Support office is based at Community Living London and consultations are also available at the Carling-Thames Family Centre in northeast London (335 Belfield Street) and at the White Oaks Family Centre (565 Bradley Avenue).


What are the Benefits of Family Support?

Family Support offers a coordinated access point to guide you through the “system”. Our helpful and knowledgeable Family Support Workers are qualified to offer advice based on individual family needs.

They connect regularly with other professionals in the community such as teachers, early childhood educators and program providers. As a member of these strong community networks, Family Support Workers can effectively advocate with families.

Family Support offers Sibling Workshops called Sibshops -These workshops are designed specifically for children and youth (aged 6-8 and 9-12 years old) who have a sibling with special needs. They provide an opportunity to meet other brothers and sisters in a casual atmosphere and to participate in recreational and therapeutic activities. Sibshops also provide an opportunity to share stories, feelings, concerns and experiences with peers who truly understand the ups and downs of life with a sibling with developmental or physical challenges. For more information on our Sibshops – click here.


SIBSHOP

SIBSHOPS are workshops designed specifically for brothers and sisters of children who have special needs*. They are designed to offer opportunities for siblings to meet other brothers and sisters in a casual atmosphere and to join them in recreational opportunities. Sibshops also provide an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to share stories, feelings, concerns and experiences with peers who truly understand the ups and downs of life with a sibling with special needs.

If you are interested in having your child attend future SIBSHOPS, or would like further information, please contact

Community Living London at 519-686-3000

Terri Martin (ext. 358) Or Jill McIntyre (ext. 362)

2018/2019  SIBSHOP DATES: 

Friday, October 26th, 2018                                           Monday, March 11th, 2019

Friday, January 18th, 2019                                           Friday, April 5th, 2019

  • All Sibshops are held at Salvation Army London Village – 1340 Dundas St.,  London ON    10am – 3pm
  • RSVP prior to attending to Terri Martin  519-686-3000 extension 358

Links:

SibShop Fall Parent Letter

SibShop Registration and Family Background Forms

SibShop Flyer


Fee for Service

If you have passport dollars or personal funds to purchase services contact Community Living London’s Community Services Manager at 519-686-3000 ext. 333 or info@cll.on.ca

For More Information

Complete the form below to speak with a Community Living London specialist.

**Please note it may take up to two (2) weeks once your request is received for a response.