Skills Development

Life & Living Skills Development

Giffard Centre Description – Day Services-Fee for Service

This program is offered weekly (Monday – Friday) day time , and can be customized to your financial situation, individual interests, addressing your specific support needs.  It is best suited for individuals that require more intensive support to fully participate in their community and in learning opportunities.

Support Model:  Individualized
Date:  Monday – Friday 
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Individualized
Intake: on going –Spot availability

Programs offered at and through Giffard Centre can include:

  • Accessing Community venues such as Libraries, Fitness and Art Centres

Also included are,

  • Self – Advocacy – Mission Possible (our agency Self Advocate Group)
  • Overcoming/Breaking down Barriers
  • Life Skills Development
  • Creative Arts
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Music Therapy

Direct Support Professionals will support each participant to develop a personalized daily schedule. These supports will focus on each individual’s self-identified goals which will be regularly assessed to celebrate and re-evaluate the goal.

Participation House is committed to providing a variety of skill enhancement programs, within our community. As goals are achieved, we encourage participants to experience new opportunities for personal growth and development by developing their roles in the learning process and moving from student to Mentor.  This progressive approach aids in the development of confidence, solidifying learning and prepares the person for future adult life skills.

**Families interested in this program will meet with a management representative to assess the supports required to participate. The fee for service will be based on the level of support required for the person to experience success.

Program Materials:  As outlined in an individualized plan.

For more information contact Heather Hall, Service Manager-Community Supports and Respite at

Vocational (Volunteer)

Vocational – Volunteerism is an integral part of every community, it helps to enhance ones skills, while creating new connections and opportunities. At PH we strive to create a fully inclusive community, focusing on individual strengths, interests and passions. Our vocational opportunities are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We have partnered with many local not-for-profit community organizations  to provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to give back to their community while developing self confidence and enhancing their professional portfolio through these experiences.

 Support Model: 1:4
Date: Monday—Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $60/day
Intake: ongoing -spot availability
Required: Bus Pass


This program is a fully inclusive day in the community.  The day will be comprised of community access, transit training with the primary focus being on vocational opportunities.

Participants of this program will be accompanied by a Direct Support Professional, the ratio is 1:4. Public transportation will be utilized to access their vocational site. Focus will be on developing the skills necessary to use this service more independently. Vocational skills will be developed in a variety of professional settings. The area of development will be dependent on the volunteer opportunity selected.  

Participants meet at our 1003 Giffard location (Giffard Centre) at 9am and return 3pm. Families  are  required to coordinate transportation to and from the program location.

For more information contact Heather Hall, Service Manager-Community Supports and Respite at

Life-Skills Development (Meal Prep and Budgeting)

Life Skills- An interactive program, offering opportunities to strengthen people’s culinary skills in a group environment. Participants will work together to create a menu plan and ensure they work within a decided budget. Participants will travel to the grocery store to learn the layout of the grocery store and cost effective brand consideration to aid in the development of budgeting skills

Date: Monday & Thursday
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Whitby
Cost: $65 per session
Intake: on going -spot availability

Date: Tuesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost:  $65/day
Intake: on going –spot availability


This program will include supported learning opportunities that will reinforce the transitional living skills needed for a more Independence and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Supports will be 1:4 staffing ratio, individuals will develop a grocery list, meal plan based on a budget while focusing on practical and healthy choices. The group will be enrolled in the entire process from meal planning to meal consumption. Fresh food purchases at a local grocery store every morning to practice independence and “brand awareness” while purchasing products.

Participants will take part in facilitated group activities and practical experiences that will increase their knowledge and skills around budgeting, healthy lifestyle, grocery shopping, cooking, kitchen safety, food handling, and cleaning.

Bowmanville Participants will take part in facilitated group activities and practical experiences that will enhance their knowledge and skills. This program will also incorporate social activities, art, music, movies and games as suited to each individual.

For more information contact Heather Hall, Service Manager-Community Supports and Respite at

Community Resources (Accessing the community socially as a group to experience various activities)

Community Resource (Transit Training): An interactive program that is designed to promote independence in the community.  The Direct Support Staff will support a group of people to access different Community Resources as a means of while familiarizing themselves with how to use public transit. 

Support Model:  1:4
Date: Monday and Thursday
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Intake: ongoing -spot availability
Required: Bus pass


This program provides individuals with the opportunity to community access and utilize public transportation.

Direct Care Professionals will support participants to identify the Community Resources they would enjoy or benefit from accessing. Some of these resources may include; Coffee shops, Libraries, Paint night, Community Centers, the Movies, local community events and swimming etc. A major focus will be placed on transit training.

Participants work together in the development of the program schedule for each session. Direct Care Professionals will facilitate the planning process. Major focus of this program is community involvement of the individual’s goals while identifying and pursuing all learning opportunities. 

**Individualized programming for individuals that require less hours per day, or more 1:1 support, is available.

For more information contact Heather Hall, Service Manager-Community Supports and Respite at