Simcoe Community Services is a charitable, non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The agency was established in 1953 by parents wishing to offer their children with intellectual disabilities an alternative to institutional placement. Presently, the agency operates a Preschool Services Division, a Community Living Division as well as Regional Housing Support Services.
Simcoe Community Services develops, implements, and maintains a continuous quality improvement plan through the use of; The Child and Family Service Act, The Ministry of Community and Social Services’ Quality Assurance Measures, and Quality Measures as defined by the Council on Quality and Leadership. Focus is on the areas of Basic Assurances, Shared Values, Responsive Services, Community Life and Person Centered Excellence. This promotes quality, personalized supports for individuals and families, fostering environments of continuous quality improvement.
Simcoe Community Services is proud to be accredited by the Council of Quality and Leadership and has entered in its 3rd four year accreditation with CQL. This process validates the agency’s progress in the implementation of the Basic Assurances, Shared Values, Responsive Services, Community Life and most importantly the Personal Outcome Measures. The CQL Personal Outcome Measures help define personal quality of life for individuals and families, and set the benchmark as to how supports and services are to be offered.
The Simcoe Community Services Foundation was established in 1998. The Foundation raises funds for programs and services offered by Simcoe Community Services where regular funding sources do not exist.
Simcoe Community Services is a multi-service agency that provides a wide range of programs & services to pre-school children and their families including the EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford. The agency also supports children, teens and adults who have an intellectual disability and believes that everyone can contribute to their community.
Services are offered in Barrie, Orillia, Bradford and surrounding townships. Infant programs are offered county-wide.
Simcoe Community Services receives its funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the County of Simcoe, the United Way, Trillium and donations.
Simcoe Community Services employs over 550 full-time and part-time staff making it one of the larger employers in Simcoe County. There are six administration sites and 41 residential sites.
We support people of all ages and abilities to realize their full potential and to enhance their quality of life.
As a community, not-for-profit, multi-service organization, we provide:
Services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families;
Programs that promote the healthy development of children of all abilities;
Services that respond to community needs.
That every person is deserving of respect and dignity as an individual, always being sensitive to their unique needs and perspectives, protecting their confidentiality and supporting them based on their strengths.
In working with each individual supported, their families and natural networks on a lifelong basis, ensuring they are informed and are, prepared and able to respond to the changing needs, opportunities and responsibilities within their lives.
In a quality of life for each individual supported that provides for basic needs, community supports and safety; fosters good health; and provides the freedom and entitlement to choose, to take risks and to access information.
In building inclusive communities that are accepting of all their members and give each member a voice.
In an organizational culture that continually values and recognizes the contributions of staff and volunteers; foster strong team approaches; and is open, honest and inviting in its communication practices.
In the importance of innovation and continuous learning as a basis to enhance the opportunities for the people supported, and to inspire staff and volunteers through best practice, continuous improvement and evaluation.
In working collaboratively with stakeholders, community partners and across service areas to deliver supports and services that meet the changing needs of individuals and families supported.
In being accountable for the quality of the services provided, the decisions made, the effective use of the resources available and being ethical in all that we do.