Community Living Trent Highlands

Site: Lindsay - McLaughlin Rd

Service: Supported Independent Living

Record #: VTC0022
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2023
Last Full Update: 28 Dec 2023


Description (Service) Provides personalized support for people with developmental disabilities who are living on their own in the community.

Services are:
  • provided through direct support and by linking people with resources in the community,
  • offered on a one-to-one basis and in groups
  • based on the needs, interests and goals of each person
Education courses include, but are not limited to:
  • Planning, goal setting and problem solving.
  • Developing and maintaining job skills (paid and volunteer).
  • Communication and literacy.
  • Socialization and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic hygiene, self-care and care of clothing.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Menu planning, food selection and meal preparation.
  • Money concepts and budgeting.
  • Use of medication.
  • Safety and recognition of hazards at home and in the community.
  • Use of public transportation.
  • Use of leisure time and recreational facilities.
  • Coping with emergencies.
In addition to providing classes and workshops, the Supported Independent Living team also runs social groups for men and women, and a collective kitchen and garden.

Employment and volunteering

Supported Independent Living teaches people how to find and learn a new job. We also help the people we serve to learn about volunteering in the community.

Support to families

Supported Independent Living provides information and support to families in such areas as:
  • applying for Passports funding.
  • learning about government funding and supports.
  • finding suitable caregivers.
  • getting to know other families.
  • helping to form circles of support / support groups.
  • providing emotional support when it is needed.
  • referring/ connecting to the appropriate community supports and services.
Northern Learning Centre

As part of the Supported Independent Living (SIL) program, the group meets at the Fenelon Falls United Church and is run by Community Living Trent Highlands staff and volunteers.

Members work on their skills in reading, writing, math and money, arts and crafts, journaling, budgeting, telling time and Canadian studies.

Celebrations are held along the way for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions.

On occasion, a guest speaker will come out to the Northern Learning Centre to share special knowledge or talents.

A cooking class at the church is also offered. The members of the cooking group plan, shop for, prepare and enjoy a meal together.

Service Details

Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm for office 
Activities vary
Areas Served Haliburton ; Kawartha Lakes ; Peterborough ; Peterborough (County of)
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Adults 18 and older with varying special needs, intellectual challenges and disabilities.
Application Contact the local DSO (Developmental Services Ontario) office at 1-855-277-2121
Languages English
Fees None

Address and Location

Located In Community Lindsay
Address & Map
205 McLaughlin Rd
Suite 200
Lindsay, ON
Canada K9V 0K7
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Intersection Mary St and McLaughlin Rd
Physical Access Fully Accessible - Parking, building and washrooms

Contact Information

Office Phone 705-328-0464
Toll Free Phone 1-877-743-2411
Fax 705-328-0495
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Primary Contact Tracey Switzer, Director of Adult Services; Phone: 705-743-2411 ext 511; Email:
Alternate Contact Teresa Jordan, Executive Director; Phone: 705-938-1020; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Coupland, Student/Volunteer Coordinator; Phone: 705-743-2411 ext 527; Fax: 705-328-0497; Email:

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