The participants have an opportunity to acquire leadership, organization and communication skills through set up, take down and running events.
In a safe and supportive atmosphere, participants are reminded of work life balance, the need for fun and the work that is associated with an event.
To support individuals while they create and organize an event from beginning to end.
Participants take pride in ownership and activities occurring at the Drop In Centre.
Participants are responsible for set up, prize organization, calling games and recording winners and players. They decide what games will be played, and when breaks are required. Bingo is played twice per week and continues to be a popular event. There are prizes for every game: microwave popcorn, soup noodles, gum, pencils, notepads, granola bars, chips, pop continue to be popular prizes. The prizes may be small, but the camaraderie brings everyone together in a social setting.
Our Participants follow a formal agenda to help determine, and organize social, and special events at the Nest Drop In centre. This peer ran group is responsible for organizing recreation activities throughout the year, these may include: walks in the park, boating and fishing at the lake, or enjoying local entertainment in the community or throughout the province.
Annual Celebrations Include
Valentines Day- which always includes our annual Chilli contest, Halloween, Christmas, and an Easter Egg hunt. One birthday is celebrated monthly throughout the year. Our other special events may include sports, games, fishing excursions, mini golf, bowling, boat rides, picnics at local lakes, and corn maze visits.
DROP IN CENTRE
Known as the Nest, to those who attend . The drop -in centre is located on the main floor of the branch. It is designed to be a safe place for people to gather as they journey to recovery. We have up to 60 people attending daily with over 9600 visits a year.
Activities at the Drop In Centre
The Affordable Meal Plan, Education Programs twice / week, Bingo three / week, or socialize over a cup of coffee served daily coffee. Our Participants can enjoy games of pool, table tennis, cards or video games, find a chair in which to relax or watch TV. Or, a movie. If Participants want, they can stretch out on a couch, and read a book or magazine.
Another favourite component of the Drop In Centre is our Pet Therapy, We have three permanent live in cats, and the occasional visit of therapy dogs with professional handlers.