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The Welcome Centre provides many valuable services and programs to assist newcomers to the area.
  • Services and Programs

    The primary goal of the Welcome Centre is to assist with settlement, retention and integration of newcomers, but we are here to welcome anyone, whoever you are or wherever you are from.
      • First point of contact for newcomers;
      • Promoting all government and community information, resources and services available to newcomers;
      • Providing information and referral services available to newcomers such as language assessments, Labour Market Services (LMS) referrals, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program referrals, and other government agency referrals;
      • Providing access to computer, photocopier, printer, fax and phone;
      • Facilitating access to specialized provincial settlement resources and services;
      • Work with the Ministry to support ongoing improvement of services to newcomers;
      • Provide space where newcomers and service providers can meet and share their stories;
      • Facility available for newcomer events, seminars and events organized by other community organizations;
      • Assist in settling in their new homes by providing access to donated furniture, household items and clothing;
      • Providing access to Language Line Services – over the phone interpretation during our office hours.
      • Assisting newcomers in taking responsible, informed and proactive steps toward their successful settlements;
      • Providing a more in-depth discussion on settlement needs and when settlement planning is required;
      • Meeting the immediate, intermediate and long-term needs of newcomers;
      • Facilitating the adaptation  and integration of newcomers to their new community;
      • Providing a comfortable, safe environment;
      • Assisting newcomers in finding and accessing support that meets their needs;
      • Providing complete, accurate and up to date information;
      • Encouraging newcomers to participate in the community activities.
    • SWIS - Settlement Worker In Schools

      SWIS is a school-based outreach program designed to help newcomer students and their families settle in their school and community. SWIS connects newcomer families to services and resources in the school and community order to promote settlement and integration. The program also serves as an additional support to schools by promoting cultural awareness and understanding.
      • Provide workshops to students, parents, or school staff on a variety of topics (Canadian culture, cultural sensitivity, etc.)
      • Refer clients to community organizations and other available services; enhance timely and effective access to community services
      • Provide information to clients about school bus services
      • Arrange meetings with family and school staff (to discuss specific and individual issues) and follow-up
      • Promote family involvement in the student's school life
      • Connect with students on an on-going basis
      • Attend school registration to assist newcomer families
      • Attend school staff meetings at least twice a year and provide information about the SWIS program
      • Explain the essential school information and refer clients to appropriate school staff, as necessary
      • Arrange for interpreters for student-led conferences, as needed
      • Encourage newcomer youth to take part in extracurricular activities within the community
      • Provide home visits as required
       
    • Language Explorers' Club

      The Language Explorers' Club is a weekly program for school-aged newcomers who would like an additional chance to practice and strengthen their English skills. The group has enjoyed a varied program of meetings and outings since it began in March 2016, and members have enjoyed the added bonus of making new friends.
      With classroom time focusing on themes like weather, money, directions and moods, Language Explorers' Club members learn and use vocabulary useful for a wide variety of situations.
       
      Through games and activities, Language Explorers have many chances to socialise with one another, all while improving their language skills. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are all included in the program, and participants are also assisted in perfecting their English grammar with help from experienced elementary and ESL teachers, Michelle and Becky.
       
      Regular excursions and outdoor activities are also a part of the program, giving many real and spontaneous opportunities to practice English. The summer vacation was an especially fun time, with visits to Treasure Valley Farm near Cadillac and the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina. Throughout the program the group has visited some of the most important places in Swift Current too, such as the markets, museum and library. 
       
      Overall, the program is designed to help students feel at home in their new city, feel confident with their emerging English skills, and meet others from around the world, now making their homes in Southwest Saskatchewan. 
       
      The program is funded by the Community Initiatives Fund, with added support from Swift Current Kiwanis. 
    • Driver Education

      Newcomers seeking a driver's licence can attend the required six hours of in-class during a Saturday session, every 4 to 6 weeks. A sign-up sheet is available at the Welcome Centre for in-class driver education.
  • Services et programmes

    Le but premier du “Welcome Centre” est d’appuyer les nouveaux arrivants dans leur installation, leur rétention et leur intégration. Mais nous sommes ici pour accueillir tout nouveau venu, qui que vous soyez et d’où que vous veniez.
      • Premier point de rencontre pour les nouveaux arrivants;
      • Promouvoir toutes les informations gouvernementales et communautaires, les ressources et les services disponibles pour les nouveaux arrivants;
      • Offrir les informations et références nécessaires concernant les services aux nouveaux arrivants tels que les évaluations du langage, les références en matière d’information sur le marché du travail, Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada (CIC) et le programme des immigrants nominés par la Saskatchewan, ainsi que tout autre référence nécessaire à un service gouvernemental;
      • Offrir un accès à un ordinateur, une photocopieuse, une imprimante, un télécopieur et un téléphone;
      • Faciliter l’accès aux services et ressources provinciaux en matière d’établissement;
      • Travailler avec le Ministère pour appuyer les progrès constants en matière de services pour les nouveaux arrivants;
      • Offrir un espace où les nouveaux arrivants et les prestataires de services peuvent se rencontrer et partager leurs histoires;
      • Espaces disponibles pour les événements organisés par les nouveaux arrivants, des séminaires et les événements organisés par d’autres organismes communautaires;
      • Assister dans l’installation à leur nouveau domicile les nouveaux arrivants en leur donnant accès, grâce à des dons de membres de la communauté, à des meubles, des articles ménagers et des vêtements;
      • Offrir un accès aux services de langues en ligne: services d’interprète au téléphone durant nos heures d’ouverture.
      • Assister les nouveaux arrivants en leur permettant de poser des actions responsables, informées et proactives vers un établissement réussi;
      • Offrir une discussion en profondeur sur leurs besoins en établissement et quand une planification de l’établissement est nécessaire;
      • Rencontrer les besoins à court, moyen et long terme des nouveaux arrivants;
      • Faciliter l’adaptation et l’intégration des nouveaux arrivants dans leur nouvelle communauté;
      • Offrir un environnement confortable et sécuritaire;
      • Assister les nouveaux arrivants afin de trouver et accéder au soutien nécessaire à couvrir leurs besoins;
      • Offrir des informations complètes, pertinentes et à jour;
      • Encourager les nouveaux arrivants à participer aux activités de la communauté.
      • Offrir des ateliers pour les étudiants, les parents ou l’équipe éducative sur une variété de thèmes  (culture canadienne, sensibilité culturelle, etc.)
      • Référer les clients aux organismes communautaires et autres services disponibles ; faciliter l’accès rapide et efficace aux services communautaires
      • Offrir de l’information aux clients sur les services de bus scolaires
      • Organiser des rencontres entre la famille et l’équipe pédagogique (pour discuter de problèmes particuliers et personnels) et assurer un suivi
      • Promouvoir l’implication de la famille dans la vie de l’étudiant(e)
      • Établir des liens avec les étudiants de manière continue
      • Participer aux inscriptions pour offrir un appui aux familles de nouveaux arrivants
      • Participer aux réunions de l’équipe pédagogique, au moins deux fois par an, et donner de l’information sur le programme du TEE
      • Expliquer les informations scolaires essentielles et référer les clients au personnel scolaire approprié, quand cela est nécessaire
      • Faire des arrangements pour trouver des interprètes pour les conférences menées par les élèves, selon les besoins
      • Encourager les jeunes nouveaux arrivants à prendre part aux activités extrascolaires, au sein de la communauté
      • Offrir des visites à domicile, tel que requis