The Employment Mentorship Support Project (EMSP) is a partnership between the ConnecTra Society and the University of British Columbia.
The project will test and evaluate whether the pairing of people with physical disabilities who are seeking employment with community-based, trained volunteer mentors can help reduce obstacles and increase the potential for employment.
The EMSP takes place in six Metro Vancouver communities – North Shore, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities and Surrey. We have Community Connectors, people with physical disabilities themselves, recruiting participants and volunteer mentors in each of the these communities.
The overall project aims to evaluate the EMSP program in achieving the pre-employment, employment and self-employment goals of people with physical disabilities.
The Employment Mentorship Support Project offers eight months of one-on-one volunteer support for people with disabilities who want to explore work, social and leisure options. Participants will NOT be pressured into work, and will be at NO RISK of losing benefits.
Full employment is the ultimate goal, but our 18-month pilot study showed that overcoming social isolation through leisure or recreational activities, and simply meeting regularly with a volunteer, can often be the first part of the process.