Access Services

Support Workers Welcome

For those who have disabilities or other support considerations and require or benefit from assistance while participating in recreation and culture programming, we are happy to let you know that there is no additional admission or registration charge for support workers when participating in NVRC programming or visiting one of our centres. 
Drop in:  Simply inform the cashier that you have a support person with you, or as the support person, identify yourself as such.  
Registered programs: The support worker is not required to register. 
Please note:  Support workers are able to participate alongside but should not be doing their own, independent program or activity.  Skate equipment rental fees still apply. 

 

Individuals requiring additional support while participating in programs and services are encouraged to contact the Volunteer Resources Programmer. Please call 604-983-6345 or email.

Does Your Child Need Extra Help to Participate in our Summer Camps?

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture (NVRC) summer day camps welcome children with disabilities. Please make us aware of any disabilities or behavioural needs that may affect your child/youth's participation. To assist parents, three free Camp Support options may be available, on a first come, first served basis. Parents can apply to receive support for a maximum of one (1) week of full-day camp. To be eligible your child must:

  1. Receive three or more hours per week of SEA support during the school year
  2. Be 5 years of age or older and attending one week of school aged or youth full-day camp

1. NVRC Summer Inclusion Worker Program

This program provides families who have children with disabilities or other support considerations with the opportunity to apply to attend camp with a little extra support. The Inclusion Worker Program is suited to those who work will in a 1:3 ratio and are able to participate independently at times throughout the day or week. Information on the Inclusion Worker Program, availability, locations and the application process will be available early spring 2019 and we will begin accepting applications on Monday, May 6 at 9:00am.

  • Step 1: Submit an application form. Application forms will be accepted from May 6 and are accepted on a first come first served basis until all placements are full.
  • Step 2: You will receive confirmation that your application has been approved and be informed of available dates and camp locations.
  • Step 3: Register for the confirmed date and camp. Camp registration begins Wednesday, May 21.

2. North Shore ConneXions Society Support

NVRC, North Shore ConneXions Society and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) have partnered to support children/youth with developmental disabilities attending NVRC summer camps. North Shore ConneXions' Inclusion Workers are available to work with one (1) child/youth per week who meet the MCFD eligibility criteria. Personal care is not provided. For additional information please email summersupport@nvrc.ca.

3. Volunteer Support

NVRC 'Buddies' are between the ages of 14-16 years and do not have specialized training. They are intended to provide minimal or light 1:1 support, assisting the child in the same manner as a friend would in school. Please make an appointment with Meh Najak, NVRC Volunteer Coordinator, before the June  2018 deadline, 604-983-6345 or email. Please note volunteer support is not guaranteed but is based upon volunteer interest and availability.

Please note we cannot guarantee support. 
Support is based on the resources available and on a first come first served basis.

Need Help Accessing Our Facilities?

View the features of our facilities that make it easier for those with disabilities to access our Community Recreation Centres.

Adapted Swim Lessons

We offer adapted swimming lessons for children, youth and adults who have physical or developmental disabilities, or other support considerations.  Classes are low-ratio and are offered at our four aquatic facilities.  We encourage participation in our group lessons but if you feel that adapted lessons are the right fit for you or your family member, or it has been recommended by an aquatic staff member,  then please contact the Inclusion Programmer prior to your / their first lesson at 604-983-6415. There is a limit of one registration per cycle.  Please see the Leisure Guide for specific dates and locations.  

Youth Fitness

Participants with developmental or physical disabilities will be helped to design their own basic personal fitness program and learn how to use the Fitness Centre equipment safely. For more information, please contact Darrin Jones at 604-983-6406.

Individuals requiring 1:1 support are asked to  please provide their own Support Worker.

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