Launch + Skills offers focused individualized support for up to one year, for individuals 15 and over who are on a path to independence including continued education, employment and/or living away from home in the future. One component of the program is a weekly group café style meet-up. The Launch + Skills cafés are held in various locations including at The Ability Hub and around the community. Each week brings different activities and opportunities including BBQ’s, board game cafés, bowling, and parties. Every café is designed to foster an environment for the participants to build friendships. The Skills Coaches have seen many genuine friendships forming, and growing over time with regular opportunities to connect. They have observed that the participants sometimes “forget” about the planned activity they are doing, as they are excited to spend the café talking with their newfound friends. Some of the relationships are expanding into everyday life and it is exciting to see the participants thriving and growing together. The cafés are proving to be a very successful aspect of Launch+Skills. If you are interested in learning more about the Launch+Skills program, click here or call 403.210.5000 to book an appointment with our Resource Centre.