Insight Support Services is planning to triple its space in light of a 140-family waitlist seeking supports for kids with neurological, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
“We need more space,” Insight director Julie Chambers told KTW. “Our program is growing all the time and we’re running out of space.”
The plan is to move from 624 Tranquille Rd. in North Kamloops to the McGill Road Industrial Park this summer, in time for July 1 programming. Property at 929 McGill Rd. is awaiting a site-specific rezoning
amendment by the city to allow counselling and education use.
The city’s long-term plan for that area is residential and commercial use. Council has decided to send the matter to a public hearing.
Chambers said families on Insight’s waitlist are looking for support services through the alternate-education program or outreach services and therapies for kids.
Insight partners with the Kamloops-Thompson school district in an education program and does contract work for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Chambers said there are challenges around inclusion in the school district — having enough support in traditional classrooms — as families move to the area as a result of community supports.
She said more space will help alleviate stress on families.
“When I talk to families about the difference of having the supports that we can offer, they literally say quality of life and functioning are impacted directly,” Chambers said. “Improvement in quality of life and the overall family quality of life because the stress levels are coming down and they’re not in it alone anymore.”
The new location will be situated next to Thompson Rivers University and the Tournament Capital Centre. Chambers hopes to move into the space in June to help transition families.