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Bag special deals at our Pandora Thrift Shop on Sept 21

Bring your own, reusable (non-plastic) bag for BIG SAVINGS. As always, thrift shop proceeds help support our charity’s local programs and services. Please click here for info about our thrift shops(and details of this special Sept 21 bag sale!)

New Beacon Ambassadors will connect caregivers with support

Did you know that 60% of people who care for a family member/friend don’t recognize themselves as caregivers? This can mean they miss out on valuable supports and connecting with others in similar circumstances.

So we’re getting ready to train friendly, caring people who enjoy interacting with the public to serve as volunteer Caregiver Ambassadors. They’ll make a world of difference by attending Saanich Peninsula events to help people identify themselves as caregivers and to inform them about the support that’s available for them at Beacon Community Services and Family Caregivers of BC.

We look forward to introducing this program later in the fall. If you might be interested in volunteering with our Caregiver Ambassadors, please connect with our friendly volunteer services coordinator (Sara) at 250 656-537 or volunteer@beaconcs.ca

Beacon’s Annual Report maps a busy year

We’ve had a very busy year at Beacon — too busy to include everything in a single report! But please check out our most recent Annual Report for “glimpses” of some of the past year’s activities and accomplishments. The report is posted in the About Us section of this website, on the Annual Reports page under News & Publications.

New Children’s Development Centre will host Beacon programs

This summer, BC’s Ministry of Education announced a new project: a new, larger facility for the Children’s Development Centre in Cordova Bay.

We’re especially excited about this because Beacon Community Services and the Saanich Schoool District are partnering at the centre …. We’ll deliver additional services to strengthen local families, support youth, and enhance children’s development in their early years.

Construction will start in the spring of 2020 and should be completed by the fall of 2021.

Please click here to read a news release with more details.

Newsletter aims to ‘keep in touch’ with Beacon volunteers

In response to Beacon volunteers’ request for more communication about what’s happening across Beacon’s many programs and services, we’ve launched a quarterly newsletter.

In Touch: Beacon Volunteer News is dedicated to our amazing volunteers and the work they do to help people and improve lives in our community.

The first edition was recently emailed to our volunteer team. If you didn’t get it, hard copies are available at the SHOAL Centre — or you can click here to read it (in this website’s News & Publications Newsletters section, under About Us).

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Home Support services to transition to Island Health this fall

This spring, it was announced that the delivery of publicly funded home support services  on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (currently delivered by Beacon, on behalf of Island Health) will transition to the Island Health Authority on Nov 1, 2019. This is to help ensure a consistent approach to implementation of a new, team-based, integrated primary and community care model across the health authority.

Beacon home support staff are being offered opportunities to join Island Health’s team; Beacon’s other team members — and volunteers — will continue serving our community through Beacon’s many other programs and services.

Please click here for the news release. Home Support clients and family members, please click here for questions and answers about this upcoming change.