Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does a facilitator do?

A: The facilitation process is different for each person, but in general you will work with your facilitator to do three important things:

  1. First, we spend time getting to know you, and the people who are important to you.  We understand that this is a personal process, and so it is important that you are comfortable with your facilitator.  This step helps your facilitator to plan your time together in a way that feels best to you.
  2. Second, we gather information with and about you: your interests, strengths, experiences and priorities.  We support you as you make decisions about your goals, and the steps that you can take to build the life you want in your community.
  3. Third, we help you to put your plan into action.  You and your facilitator will connect with the people, places, and resources that you need to reach your goals.  Because goals can change, we stay involved over time.  You are in charge, and you decide what you would like to work on with your facilitator.

Q: How long does the facilitation process take?

A: Your facilitator will stay involved for as long as it is useful to you.  They are there to support you over time, when and how you want.

Q:  Can I pick my facilitator?

A:  It is important that you are paired with a facilitator that you get along with, can talk easily to, and enjoy spending time with.  We will match you with a facilitator based on your preferences, interests, where you live, and when you are available.  If you don’t feel that your facilitator is a good match for you, just let us know and we will do what we can to make a change.

Q:  Where will I meet with my facilitator?

A: Your facilitator can meet you where and when you choose.  That might be in your home, at a park, in an office space, or a coffee shop.  Our facilitators are available during the daytime, evenings, and weekends.

Q:  What training do the independent facilitators of Facilitation Wellington Dufferin have?

A: The facilitators at Facilitation Wellington Dufferin come to us from many different backgrounds.  They may have experience in the fields of developmental disability, social justice, recreation, community development, or social work.  Once contracted with FWD, they take part in our facilitator mentoring initiative.  They receive formal and informal training, hands on learning and job shadowing, mentoring, and become part of a local and provincial community of practice.  We believe in life-long learning, so our facilitators are never "done" their training.  You can learn more about FWD's culture of learning here.

Q: How much does facilitation cost?

A: Working with a facilitator at Facilitation Wellington Dufferin can be paid for by applying for support through Developmental Services Ontario, or by using your Passport funding up to $2500 a year. Facilitation can also be paid for by private funds. Please, contact us for more information.

Q: Why is it important for a facilitator to be ‘independent’, and what does ‘independent’ mean?

A: By saying ‘independent’ we mean that Facilitation Wellington Dufferin is not part of an agency or organization that offers group programs or makes funding decisions. This allows us to have a more personalized approach, and to stay focussed on connecting people with their communities.  You can learn more here, but reading The "I" in IPF (Independent Planning and Facilitation).