Recreational Respite offers care to individuals and their families, who reside in Alberta
Recreational Respite works with individuals and their families who face any barriers to participation in their community due to disability, mental health, displacement, injury, isolation, chronic illness or disorder. Our skills in recreation therapy, include being able to identify ways to remove the barriers that exist through various approaches in 1:1 or group settings. We strive for positive change and to reach desired outcomes through person centred engagement. We include the needs, abilities, strengths and interests of every individual we support and every approach we take through recreation. This ensures that targeted goals for mental health, emotional health and physical wellness and life skills are achieved.
We serve the following cities in Alberta (and surrounding areas): Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Red Deer.
Recreational Respite’s supports and services are recognized by public/ministry and private foundations for funding or reimbursement for families who qualify.
Recreational Respite has a team of recreation therapists. Their education and skill set is extensive and focused on identifying the barriers to participation, that might exist for children, youth and adults with disability and mental health. These barriers can often limit access to opportunities in the community and reduce or diminish an individual’s sense of self, role, worth and purpose. Recreation therapy (or therapeutic recreation) promotes engaging activity in order to support individuals to achieve individual goals and reach desired outcomes that could include: social skills, re-integration into family, school, work or community, participation, life skills, independence and identifying sense of role and purpose.
Programming that is offered in either our 1:1 or group setting (groups coming soon to Alberta!), is individualized based upon the needs, interests, abilities and strengths of the individual we are working with and the barriers we may be working towards removing, short or long term goals.
As a team, we focus on inclusion, emphasize participation and identify opportunities for engagement and is person centred.
Inclusion and Accessibility
Recreational Respite is passionate about building capacity through education, knowledge exchange and sharing through collaborative efforts. We are advocates for accessibility and inclusion in the community and we consider attitudinal, environmental, systemic and communication barriers as our very top priorities. Our team strongly believes that all communities and their programs, products and services should be accessible to all. We have been directly serving individuals and their families in various regions across Canada since 2008 in both 1:1 service and group program capacities.
As a team our experiences are diverse. Varying in recreation therapy and social services and extensive academics in disability studies. We are able to nurture an identified need for collaborative approach, direction, tools and innovation when it comes to the economic development strategies and the delivery of services and programs within a community, with the goal of removing barriers that otherwise exist.
Community Programs and Partnerships
Recreational Respite offers group programs that are built for the participants, by the participants. Together we are able to identify where there might be barriers within existing group programs in various communities to fill the gap or collaborate with other organizations. We build groups that foster both recreational and educational interests in a supportive and creative environment. The programs encourage small groups, so that each individual has the opportunity for accessible, inclusive and active participation with peers. This collaboration of organizations has seen incredible results that has led to support for other professionals and has encouraged outreach initiatives benefiting participants direct. Our team also offers extensive training for those who need direction on program planning, implementation and/or ongoing measurement of success through workshops, public speaking and RecRespite Metrics.
Groups in Alberta
To register please call 1-877-855-7070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RecRespite Metrics is a service that lends evaluation support within a funded project, by collecting data, measuring impact and defining the long term sustainability of a community projects’ objectives. The projects we can support in this capacity are striving for social change and long term sustainability of programs for those who otherwise face barriers to participation, engagement or active citizenship in their community.
Our collaborative work has been with multiple community organizations which include (but not limited to): school boards, non-profit organizations, community agencies, small and special interest groups and municipal and federal institutions.
Our RecRespite Metrics team has been involved in many successful and active community grant projects (seed and grow grants) to date, with these partners that have included:
- Reconciliation and youth, indigenous
- Youth leadership
- At-risk youth and animal wellness
- Immigration and Community
- Military family support and youth programs