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Connecting Our Community With Volunteer Opportunities & Services

It makes our day when we can connect people in our community with volunteer help – not to mention connecting volunteers with satisfying opportunities to help people!

To find out more about the following volunteer opportunities and services, please call 250-656-5537 (ext. 118);

Apply to volunteer with Beacon Community Services’ Team

Here are just some of the volunteer services we can connect you with:


  • Caregiver Ambassadors - Reach out a helping hand to link caregivers with support

    Family caregivers are a vital part of the health care team and their health is just as important as that of the person they are looking after! But over 60% who care for a family member/friend don’t recognize themselves as caregivers; they miss out on valuable supports and connecting with others in similar circumstances… If you’re a friendly, caring person who enjoys interacting with the public, become a volunteer Caregiver Ambassador and make a world of difference.  Caregiver Ambassadors attend Saanich Peninsula events to help people identify themselves as caregivers and inform them about the support that’s available for them at Beacon Community Services and Family Caregivers of BC.

    We equip you with training and information to help prepare you for this important role.

    Monthly events are approximately 2 hours.

  • Medical Drives - Access to health care is a team effort

    Support the “age in place” advantage by driving seniors to medical appointments. Meet your neighbours and get to know your community while fostering independence and improving quality of life. Trips are tailored to your schedule and mileage is reimbursed.



  • Volunteer Visitors - Sharing your time can make a difference

    A friendly visitor can be life-changing for seniors who are isolated. Sharing a hobby, going for a walk, playing a board game, reading or enjoying conversation – your visits are a gift that can make a world of difference to someone who is alone. Volunteers regularly visit a senior in their home and may occasionally go on an outing together.



  • Drive Desk Intake & Scheduler - Helping people gain access to medical appointments

    Pairing a volunteer driver with a patient and enabling them to get to their medical appointment. Scheduling requires good organization skills and a pleasant phone personality.





  • Assisted Living & Dementia Care helpers - brightening a resident's day

    Friendly, caring volunteers brighten up Beacon’s Assisted Living and Licensed Care Homes by sharing their musical talents, helping residents with crafts or other activities, playing games, assisting with pet therapy, taking a short walk, and a variety of other activities.



  • Computer Lab Support

    Volunteers help seniors learn to use their laptop, tablet, or other computer devices. Twice a week, drop-in sessions are held at Sidney’s SHOAL Centre so seniors can bring their devices, and their questions, to the volunteer. If you’d like to help seniors learn about computers in a friendly, encouraging, welcoming environment, take a look at the Drop-in Schedule.



  • Handy People - Lending a helping hand

    Volunteers share their skills and talents to complete small home repairs for those who can’t afford professional services. Clients cover the cost of supplies but the labour is free.

  • Income Tax Preparation
 - Helping people access benefits and rebates

    Volunteers are trained through the Canada Revenue Agency’s volunteer tax program so they can prepare simple tax returns for those on a limited income. Tax intakes are completed from March to May each year.



  • Reassurance Phone Calls - Because a friendly voice can make someone's day

    Volunteers offer a friendly voice at the end of the line. This service provides members of the community with regular contact and a valuable check in on their safety.

  • Senior Peer Counsellors - Providing a listening ear

    Trained seniors provide non-judgmental listening, emotional support, and empathy to seniors who are coping with loss, lifestyle changes, or loneliness. Services are confidential and caring.

  • SHOAL Centre support team - Promoting active living

    The SHOAL Centre is a lively, engaging place that greatly relies on friendly volunteers. Volunteers share their time and talents running the tuck shop, staffing the reception desk, supporting activities offered to Assisted Living residents, helping at events – and more! Give us a call to find out how we can put your helping hands to work at this special venue.



  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Program - Helping to reduce effects of Alzheimer's

    If you love art and music and enjoy socializing, you can make a difference. Art and music have been proven to improve a sense of mastery, reduce anxiety, and lessen stress, plus many more benefits. Volunteers support participants as they complete art projects designed by an art therapist, while socializing with others. The final hour consists of a sing-along, directed by a music therapist on guitar.



  • Thrift Shops

    If you love bargain hunting, are a garage sale connoisseur or just love to meet people in the community, you can help Beacon raise the funds that make our programs possible. Volunteer positions are dedicated to serving customers, sorting and pricing items, running cash registers, setting up displays, and doing the many other tasks needed to keep a busy retail environment in tip-top shape.



  • Information & Referral Services

    Friendly, organized volunteers staff the SHOAL Centre reception desk and serve as an information hub to answer public queries over the phone and in person. An abundance of written material is available at SHOAL; this supplements volunteers’ personal knowledge base, so community members can get accurate information on a variety of topics and community resources.

  • Saanich Peninsula Restorative Justice

    Volunteers are trained in restorative justice principles and practices so they can facilitate formal meetings between victims and offenders who could be charged with minor Criminal Code offences. The meetings aim to repair harm caused to the victim and/or community, provide restitution to the person harmed, and restore relationships. The program operates under the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General.

    Visit the website at for more information.

  • Advocacy Services

    Calm, knowledgeable volunteers help members of our community research and navigate challenging situations. Assistance might include help filling out forms to access government or community services, suggesting ways to reduce financial debt, or linking people to other agencies or supports that are appropriate to their particular situation.

  • Children’s Services

    Caring, energetic volunteers assist clients with children through some of Beacon Community Services’ Child, Youth & Family programs. There’s a long list of programs to choose from! You might apply your skills and talents to helping families at Jeneece Place, supporting our Peninsula or Saltspring Island Best Babies programs or Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood committee, collecting and sorting books for our 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Program… and more!

  • Youth Employment Program

    This unique program matches students aged 14-18 with Peninsula people or business who need quick, affordable help with paid odd jobs such as gardening, babysitting, painting, pet care (and more). On a volunteer basis, the youth also help with community events and special functions. They’re also eligible to participate in workshops and earn certificates to support future learning and employment goals. For more information visit the Employment Services and Training Supports program page.