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Stella’s Circle offers practical workplace-based learning to suit individual participant interests, needs and abilities. The social enterprise training and employment is offered in three streams: The Hungry Heart Café offers training to enter the food service industry as cooks, servers or kitchen staff, the Trades Helper Program allows participants to gain practical experience in the construction trades and Clean Start provides on the job training in office cleaning and maintenance. These are twelve-week workplace-based experience placements. Trainees work alongside industry professionals which can include Red Seal Chefs, experienced carpenters and commercial cleaners based on the chosen field of training. Individuals learn introductory skills of the trade and workplace expectations. Participants also receive valuable industry recognized certificates including First Aid, WHMIS and others. Upon graduation from their program, trainees are supported to find, transition to and maintain employment.
They also offer short-term transitionary work, CanDo!, for adults who have experienced serious mental health issues or have other significant barriers to employment. Participants may work between 1 and 15 hours per week on a variety of group and individual projects. People are paid minimum wage for the hours worked. Individual support and counselling is offered to help participants complete their work and achieve their goals.
Through their Employment Counselling and Support Transition Groups, Stella’s Circle assesses participants for employment potential, career decision making and provides individual counselling and support. Employment Counsellors help participants build their interpersonal and work-based skills enabling them to be successful in the workplace. The program is designed for adults who have experienced serious mental health issues and have had limited work experience.
Self-referrals or referrals from others including health care providers, family counselling agencies, employment programs, community partners, government departments, or family and friends of individuals seeking work are accepted.
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