Celebrating Family Caregiver Week in BC, May 5-11
Across Canada, organizations are celebrating the vital role of friend and family caregivers to care recipients, our communities, and our economy.
Are you #CaregiverAware2019?
There are over 1 million family caregivers in British Columbia.
Nearly 3/10 Canadians provides care to a family member or friend.
Many are balancing care with work, sacrificing income and benefits, providing 10 hours of unpaid care for every hour of paid care provided.
31% report feeling in distress and 55% say they feel anxious.
Yet, 92% of British Columbian family caregivers say the experience is rewarding.
Being caregiver aware means recognizing and supporting the caregivers in your family, workplace, and community. Because sometimes those who help others need help the most.
Get involved in Family Caregiver Week
Join the conversation on social media
Throughout the week, we will be sharing important facts about caregiving and useful resources for family caregivers. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #CaregiverAware2019 and recognize the people in your life who provide care to family and friends.
Show that you are caregiver aware on Facebook by adding the Caregiver Aware banner to your profile photo:
- Visit facebook.com/profilepicframes or edit your existing profile picture
- Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your page
- Search for the "Caregiver Aware" frame
- Click Use as Profile Picture
Join our national webinar
A Caregiver Aware Canada: the Power of Many
May 9, 10am, register online
Join this national conversation to turn up the volume about the essential role of family caregivers. Barb MacLean, Executive Director of Family Caregivers of BC, will be joined by Angus Campbell, Executive Director of Caregivers Nova Scotia, and Sandy Sereda, Executive Director of Caregivers Alberta.
Join our Greater Victoria Caregiver Support Program events
Caregiving Journaling Workshop - registration required
May 7, 10am-12pm at 1454 Hillside Ave, Victoria
This 2-hour journaling workshop led by Bill Israel guides caregivers into a personal writing experience. More info >
Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary Walk - registration required
May 10, 10am-12pm at 1772 Millstream Rd., Victoria
This will be a guided walk and talk, with an intro to nature therapy and some history of the property, followed by a slideshow and discussion in the house on the lake. More info >
Gentle Yoga - registration required
May 11, 10am-11:30 am at 1751 Adanac St, Victoria
In this class, led by Shylo of Lumina Yoga and Wellness Studio, caregivers will be guided into a process of unwinding tension held in the body. Focus will be given to space within the joints, alignment of the bones, and freedom through the spine. More info >
Thetis Lake Walk - drop-in
May 11, 10:30am-12pm at Six Mile Rd, View Royal, BC (main Thetis Lake parking lot)
Join FCBC's Caregiver Support and Engagement Lead, Lacie White, and Lindsay Downie, a social worker and counselor with BC Cancer Agency at Thetis Lake for a short, approx. 45-minute Walk. Refreshments to follow with time for ongoing connection with caregivers in your community. More info >
Join a Support Group - drop in
May 6, 7-9pm at #6 – 3318 Oak St., Victoria
May 8, 1-2:30pm at 2159 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton
May 9, 7-8:30pm at #1-380 Cook St., Victoria
May 9, 7-8:30pm at 935 Goldstream Ave. Victoria
May 9, 7-9:00pm at 10030 Resthaven Dr., Sidney
Find more support groups in our latest Caregiver Connection
We share our experiences, listen to one another, and exchange information and resources that can extend our ways of caring for ourselves as we care for others. Groups are facilitated by empathetic and compassionate volunteers who help to create a safe and confidential space for community connection and sharing. More info >