Join Our Peer Support Group

photo of young woman working at computerIn July 2011, BCCPD launched a new peer support group for people living with a disability. This first group was such a success, a new group is starting November 2/11. And, at participants’ request, this group is extended to 6 weeks.

What is “peer support”?

It is an opportunity for people to exchange ideas and experiences in a confidential, respectful environment. The group will explore many topics, such as:

  • Daily living and coping in a changed world
  • Relationships with friends, family and others
  • Navigating medical systems
  • Personal wellness
  • Finding joy
  • Exploring and sharing ideas about ‘what’s next’.

The group size will be limited to a maximum of 15 and there will be a trained facilitator. Light snacks provided.

Dates: 6 Wednesdays starting November 2, 2011
Time:  1-3 pm
Location: BCCPD, #204- 456 West Broadway

Registration: contact Jane 604-875-0188 or

Money Skills at BCCPD: 4 week Program returns

Join us for a free 4-week program

photo of piggy bankPoverty is not only about money, it is also about not having access to the skills, resources, information, and choices necessary to get and maintain self-sufficiency.

If you are living on a low income or receiving disability benefits, you may have well-developed money management skills. You may know how to stretch a dollar and juggle bills. But if you want to know more, where do you get objective information not designed to sell you anything?

Often, financial language can be difficult to understand and link to your own life. Money is a sensitive and private subject for many people, so many of us don’t feel comfortable asking friends or family.

The Money Skills program at Family Services of Greater Vancouver works with community groups to offer a workshop series on money. The workshops are free of charge and provide a fun, interactive environment to share information and learn new money skills.

Budgeting: Track your earning and spending and be in control of your money.

Banking: Choose the options that are right for you, reduce fees and save money.

Credit: Build and maintain a good credit history and deal with debt.

Consumerism: Buy buy buy! Examine the role of advertising in our spending choices and how to be in charge of your own spending.

Cost:     Free
When:   Four sessions in January 19 – February 9, 2012
Where:  BCCPD, #204 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver
Time:    1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Call Val at 604-875-0188 or email for more information.

Representation Agreement named as one of the best policies in the world

A Scientific Advisory Board to the World Future Council , consisting of eleven leading European experts from the disability rights movement, academia, human rights institutions and foundations has chosen the Representation Agreement as the best policy in the world for recognizing the right to support in personal decision-making and avoiding guardianship.

The World Future Council has also recognized the Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry as the leading expert on the BC law and system, and as the organization which has been the main driver behind the creation of the Act. Nidus and the Representation Agreement will be featured in a Bulletin issued by the World Future Council and promoted as an example of best policies at an upcoming conference in Vienna in January 2012, which Christine Gordon, Nidus’ Board President has been invited to attend.