Drop-in car seat safety clinic is scheduled to help keep kids safe
Please come to this FREE Jan 18 clinic to check that your child or grandchild’s safety seat is correctly installed (more than 50% aren’t)! And please note… if you aren’t able to attend the Jan. 18 clinic (10am-noon at the Sidney Fire Department) we’d be pleased to arrange an alternative for you: please call 250-415-9794 or email email@example.com
Unvaccinated? Please mask up when visiting Beacon care homes..
Residents at Beacon’s Assisted Living and Dementia Care homes love to see their family, friends, and Beacon volunteers. But to keep everyone healthy and safe, please remember: visitors who haven’t had their flu shot must wear a mask while at Beacon homes. In advance, thanks very much for your understanding and co-operation!
Beacon filled 110 Christmas hampers for families in need
THANK YOU to everyone who donated toys, books, games, gift cards, and special treasures to Beacon’s hamper drive during the recent holiday period. Thanks to your generosity, nearly 110 hampers were filled to over-flowing for local families. And thanks to the kindness of the 1st Tsartlip Scout Group and local Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, more than 50 children were also treated to special holiday gift bags, which we were delighted to distribute.
Beacon volunteers were jazzed up for the holidays…
Dec 6 saw us kick off the festive season with a luncheon for Beacon’s volunteer team. More than 200 of our 500+ adult volunteers enjoyed the jazz tunes of singer Shanna Dance, a visit from Santa, and a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings… Just a few of the ‘Beacon volunteer family’ are shown below (including members of our volunteer Board of Directors, Tom Vincent and Chair Bryan Waller, who made sure to get a photo with Santa and Mrs. Clause.)
Thanks to everyone who helped us sparkle!
Beacon had so much fun at the Sidney Sparkles Parade! Thanks to the Beacon residents, clients and volunteers who got together with our staff and walked (or drove… or scootered) in this fun community event. Young and old enjoyed holiday treats and music before the parade, decorated, and visited with each other — and it was so much fun, planning is already underway for next year!
Home support services have transitioned to Island Health
On Nov 1, Beacon’s home support services transitioned to the Island Health Authority. (Please click here to read a news release with more details about the original announcement) Beacon home support staff joined Island Health’s team; we’ll miss our colleagues and always consider them part of the Beacon family — so we look forward to keeping in touch, and hearing about their continued success in helping people and improving lives in our community!
Beacon’s other program staff — and our volunteers — will continue serving our community through our many other programs and services.
Home support clients/families, please see our Home Support Program page for information about who to contact for assistance with your home support needs — and please know that we wish you all the best. It was a pleasure to serve you!
The Beacon team gets ready….
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 training 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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; staff in Beacon’s other programs — and our volunteers — will continue serving our community through Beacon’s many other programs and services.