Beacon & SPCRN celebrated Oct 1 Day of Older Persons
Thanks to some caring volunteers, generous gift donors, and the Saanich Peninsula Community Response Network (SPCRN), Beacon clients and residents celebrated the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons with gusto this year: SPCRN prepared and distributed special treat bags and cards for residents at Beacon’s SHOAL Centre, Marguerite Court, and Wakefield Manor, as well as to other seniors in the community.
Beacon volunteers helped by folding 300 greeting cards and stuffing the treat bags — and SPCRN Coordinator Anna Hudson (who kindly organized the project) made sure they were handed out, also taking a few minutes to visit with the recipient seniors when possible. To help spread the word about the special day (and the community resources available for older people in our community!), Anna also delivered an information presentation to the Sidney by the Sea Rotarians.
Cheery cards went to 300 local seniors
Beacon #1 in PNR Readers Choice Awards
Thrift Shop donations
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Directors elected at June 24 AGM
Warm thanks to newly retired directors Howard Brunt, Rebecca Grant and Bryan Waller – and a warm welcome to new directors Joan Easton, Kim Milburn, Susan Rand, and Fiona St. Clair. Please click here to learn about our volunteer Board of Directors.
New childcare centre in development
We’re excited to be partnering with the Victoria Cool Aid Society to operate the childcare centre at Cool Aid’s new Crosstown housing centre when construction is finished – hopefully fall 2022.
Cool Aid’s new development on the former Tally Ho property (3020 Douglas Street) will add 102 affordable apartments to the site, plus 52 new homes for the existing supportive housing tenants, and various community amenities (including our daycare).
We’re looking forward to working with Cool Aid to help improve families’ lives at Crosstown!
Meal Delivery Program now offered across the region
A home cooked meal and a safely distanced visit from a volunteer can make all the difference!
Thanks to United Way funding, Beacon Community Services has started a new seniors’ meal program. We’ve partnered with James Bay New Horizons and 14 other agencies throughout the capital regional district to deliver 3 prepared meals a week to seniors – the goal is to provide up to 1,000 meals a week to clients identified at their local agency. Not only do the meals warm the belly, but the opportunity to visit with those delivering can truly brighten someone’s day. If you know of anyone that might benefit give us a call at 250-656-5537.
Although many regular programs and services are temporarily closed to the public, Beacon is committed to helping our community through this challenging time. THANK YOU for all the heartwarming volunteer and community support that makes this possible!
Please see below for covid-19 service updates on….
Thrift Shops & donations
Our shops, donations depot, and donations pick up are open Monday-Saturday. We’re happy to serve you. To keep everyone safe, we:
- encourage physical distancing;
- use plexiglass screens and sanitizing wipes in cash areas;
- quarantine donated items for a minimum of 5 days before processing them;
- encourage debit and credit card payments;
- have closed all change rooms; and
- must consider “all sales final.”
Please note: Out of respect for community members who may be vulnerable, masks MUST be worn inside our shops and if lining up to enter the store. We are happy to provide you with a mask if necessary. To supplement your mask, face shields are also available for a small fee.
THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation!
We’re also accepting donations at designated locations! Your donations help support many wonderful community programs and we very much appreciate them: so that we can continue accepting donations in safe and healthy environment, we ask you to please follow our Contactless Donation Protocols.
Please drop by and say hi – we can’t wait to see you! Click here to find a Thrift Shop near you!
Our caring staff are delighted to be offering infant toddler pre-school program at the Saanichton Individual Learning Centre.
For information about quality, licensed child care for families during the covid pandemic, please email email@example.com
Early Years Programs/Peninsula Early Years Centre
Peninsula Infant Parent-Child Mother Goose Program: Peninsula new parents/caregivers and their infants up to 9-months-old are invited to join small, regular groups (cohorts) for 40-minute sessions where you will learn songs to share with your baby while connecting with other community members. Cohorts will meet indoors. Health and safety measures in place! Please contact Suzanne for info/sign up: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-415-9794.
Many of our other Early Years programs, and our centre services, are available virtually (including Parent-Child Mother Goose Program for Toddlers, and a Mother Goose Program for infants). Please see our Peninsula Early Years Centre page for details.
Special story time and circle songs are online for families who visit our Peninsula Early Years Centre Facebook page. And we are available to connect with families by phone/text/emails — please call or text 250-415-9794 or send an email to email@example.com.
We also continue to provide families in need with children’s clothes from our Early Year Centre’s Free Store. The centre/store are closed to the public and can’t accept donations at this time. But staff will ‘shop’ in our store/arrange to deliver clothing (sizes newborn- 6 years) for you. While supplies last. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
SHOAL Community Centre & Volunteer Services
SHOAL Centre is offering some fitness classes, support programs, and foot care. Pre-registration required. Please wear a mask in the centre’s common areas, respect physical distancing, sanitize/hand wash when you arrive at the centre, and follow our team’s other on-site instructions and guidance for health and safety at SHOAL
SHOAL Centre’s latest offerings are listed in the TideLines newsletter. Please check it out on our Newsletters page, or call SHOAL at 250-656-5537.
Please also note that the Beacon team continues to support our community with:
- reassurance/wellness checks by phone or email;
- grocery shopping & delivery;
- take out meals from our Tides at SHOAL kitchen on the Peninsula; and
- seniors peer counselling
- free income tax preparation & filing for those with low to moderate incomes.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at 250-656-5537. We’ll do what we can to help!
United Way Services
As the community bands together to deal with covid-19, Beacon is very proud to be the anchor, or hub, agency in the CRD for the United Way’s Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative. The BC-wide initiative is a partnership between the United Way’s Better at Home program, bc211, and the Province of BC, launched in response to the Covid-19 emergency. The United Way selected Beacon as the anchor organization to coordinate Safe Seniors, Strong Communities services for seniors/volunteers in Greater Victoria and on the southern Gulf Islands.
Are you a senior who needs a friendly check-in call or volunteer help with grocery shopping or prescription pick up? Or a volunteer who wants to help? Please call or text 2-1-1 or register at bc211.ca We’ll work with our partner agencies to help get the help you need, or connect you with a suitable volunteer opportunity.
Free Employment Services
Sidney and Salt Spring Island WorkBC centres are open to serve you, by appointment. We’re also open for free ‘virtual’ services to support your job search or development needs. For Saanich Peninsula services, call 250-656-0134; email email@example.com For Salt Spring Island centre, call 250-931-7687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care
We’re very happy to be able to welcome visitors in our Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care homes, on a limited basis. For the time being, social visits must be scheduled ahead of time, in accordance with public health (Island Health) requirements. Please note: public health authorities currently limit each resident to having one consistent, designated social visitor. Each site is permitted to host only one social visit at a time.
Rigorous health and safety protocols are in place, including that each visitor must wear a mask and other protective equipment. Each visitor also has a health screening at every visit, including a temperature check.
We unfortunately can’t yet welcome volunteers back to Beacon homes. However, our activity coordinators/staff are serving up as many enjoyable activities for residents as we can (with appropriate physical distancing, of course!)
Residents and loved ones are also staying connected through Window Visits, Facetime and other technologies (many thanks to Telus, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Sidney for supporting this effort by generously donating/setting up new tablets!)
ps: Please be assured that we look forward to resuming Beacon’s usual ‘open door’ visitor policies as soon as we can. In meanwhile, many residents are DELIGHTED to get cards and letters! We encourage you to keep in touch with your Beacon home friends and family members.
Support for homeless youth
Our Out of the Rain shelter for homeless youth is open for its regular season (Oct 15-April 15). Our shelter offers night-time shelter and meal services to help keep at-risk youth safe and healthy. For the time being, the shelter will host guests at Beacon’s 1450 Elford Street location, in Victoria, instead of rotating through various community sites. Our site has been equipped with plexi-glass barriers and other health and safety measures. Outreach workers continue to be available to provide support to youth in need. If you know someone aged 15-25 who needs this support, please tell them about us!
Counselling Services are available through one-to-one in-person appointments at our office, virtually, or by meeting in community, depending on the comfort of those seeking services. Thank you for understanding that, for the time being, appointments are scheduled in advance. Please call 250-656-0134 for further information.