What is a Microboard?
A Microboard is a small (micro) group of committed family and friends (a minimum of 5 people) who join together with a person with a disability to create a non-profit society (board). Together, they help the person:
- plan their life
- brainstorm ideas
- advocate for what they need
- monitor services and ensure they are safe
- connect to their wider community
- do fun things together
If you choose to, a Microboard can also access funding and deliver the services that the person needs. Together you can create services that are creative, flexible and reflect the needs of the individual. Funding may come from a government agency such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Community Living BC, the Ministry of Health, a trust or a settlement (i.e. ICBC, WorkSafeBC). If the Microboard does not want to access funding and deliver the services, the individual may still choose to access Individualized Funding.
There is no charge for our services in British Columbia.
Who Should We Ask?
People you can trust, who have the same values, who care about you or your loved one, and are committed to getting to know you or your loved one.
What Do Members Do?
Board members spend time with the person, being a friend in whatever way is natural for those involved. Together the Microboard will…
What Are the First Steps?
If you decide to proceed, a Vela Facilitator can help walk you through all of the steps with direct assistance and workshops.
Principles & Guidelines
All Microboards that we facilitate use the following Principles as their building blocks for development. Click below to learn more:
Watch & Learn
The Role of
Linda Perry, our past Executive Director, shares how Microboards support people with disabilities to organize needed community supports and services and achieve
self-determination and citizenship.