Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

Mary Oliver


A Volunteer Position with FCBC

Outreach Technology Volunteer Role

 

We are currently seeking an Outreach Technology Volunteer to provide technical support to caregivers and FCBC volunteers who would like access to FCBC’s webinars, workshops and virtual support groups. 

This volunteer position is an ongoing role with a minimum six-month commitment. Weekly hours range from 4-8, depending on availability and which event you may be a part of.

We would like this volunteer to start ASAP for orientation and training. All interested volunteers are to email Stacey Dawes at staceydawes@familycaregiversbc.ca, with the completed volunteer application available on the website.

Click the button below and scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about the position and apply.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

We offer two regular support groups:

Our weekly Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group (on Thursdays from 2-3:30pm), brings people from across the province together around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone.

And, the BC Men's Virtual Support Group (next on Oct. 13th) for men to come together to connect, receive support and share experiences as caregivers. Our group is led by experienced facilitators. 

You must pre-register to join each session!



Join Our Upcoming Webinar and Workshop

Webinar: Part 2: Advance Care Planning with a Focus on Representative Directives

 

This webinar is Part 2 of a 2-part education series led by Connie Jorsvik. During this webinar on October 8th from 10:00 - 11:00am you will learn the basics of Advance Care Planning including important conversations to have with those you care for and the importance of naming your Substitute Decision Maker/Representative. You will also be encouraged to consider and think about values and beliefs that will inform your planning.

Connie will go further into writing an Advance Directive based on where the care recipient is in their health and life journey.

Limited spots available; register now!



FB Live: Long-Distance Caregiving

 

Join Wendy Johnstone for our Facebook Live Learning Session at 9 am on October 20th. Wendy will provide insight and strategies for long-distance caregiving.

New to Facebook Live? It is a live recording on Family Caregivers of BC Facebook Page. You can join during the live time or the recording is saved for you to watch at another time- similar to our webinars! Our Facebook Live sessions are shorter, bite-size learning opportunities for caregivers and our community.



Virtual Journal Workshop

 

Join a private, safe, reflective writing process for family caregivers, focused on compassionate self-nurturing. 

Dates: Nov. 3, Nov. 10; Nov. 17; Nov. 24; Dec. 01 and Dec. 8.

Time: 2 - 3:30pm.

In this 6-session workshop series, individuals write privately in a meditative, small group setting, short periods of writing follow brief verbal instruction on personal life-event categories. Short periods are also provided for participants to voluntarily read aloud in the “sacred space” of the workshop group—but, no special writing skills are required to participate!

To join the workshop, contact our Family Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-520-3267  Ext 1 or cgsupport@familycaregiversbc.ca no later than October 19.



New Reading Material

Fall Caregiver Connection Newsletter

 

Our Fall 2020 edition of our quarterly e-magazine is now available online!

In this issue we cover:

  • The 3 Ds of caregiving;
  • What's in your estate bucket;
  • Balancing work and caregiving;
  • CIHI Study on Caregiver Distress update; and,
  • Practical ways to stay connected.

Click the button below to read the magazine.



Caring from a Distance Article

 

We have a new article published in Inspired Living Magazine with tips for long-distance caregivers, by Wendy Johnstone.

Click the button below to read the full article.



Faces of Caring Article

 

Faces of Caring is a community resource that shares deeply human stories about caring for others, especially those facing serious illness. Dr. Samantha Winemaker and Dr. Hsien Seow are the champions for building this community.

Here’s one amazing story of the love and resilience of a young woman who cared for her big sister.




Community-based Events

Navigator Training for Seniors Housing and Support

 

Senior Services Society is hosting "Housing Navigator Training" courses especially designed for social service workers and supporting seniors who need housing information and support in BC on Oct. 8th and Oct. 29th.

These training courses are now offered virtually via Zoom and they will help enhance your skills and knowledge in navigating seniors’ housing options and facilitating access to community resources through guest speakers.



Virtual Caregiver Education Series

 

During these group sessions, family caregivers will acquire new information and practical skills to support the most frequent areas of concern when caring for a loved one.

This event is hosted by the Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA)

Sessions begin Saturday morning from October 17th to December 5th from 9:30 – 11:30am. Participants may register for one or all sessions.

There is no fee to register and registration can be completed online at hospicecoha.org or contact Bonnie Pontalti, Community Services Coordinator at 250-763-5511.



Join the Conversation Around Doing Death Better

 

On October 31st, our Caregiver Support Lead, Lycia Rodrigues, will be speaking at Deathly Matters—a two-day online community conference that brings together people and services to share resources, learn and connect about death and dying.

Lycia will be speaking about "What We Can Learn From the Stories of Family and Friend Caregivers - Supporting a Palliative Approach to Carer the Caregiver.

To sign up for the conference, click the button below.



Online Support for North Shore Caregivers

 

Family Services of the North Shore is offering free support for family and friends caring for older adults who live at home. Topics include self-care, boundaries and memory loss. The meetings will be online on October 9th and November 13th at 1 p.m.

To register, contact Robin Rivers at rivers@familyservices.bc.ca or call 604-988-5281.


Caregiver Opportunities

Webinar Coming Soon - Benefits and Credits for Caregivers

 

CRA will soon be offering webinars on the benefits and tax credits available for family caregivers of a spouse or common-law partner, or a dependent with a physical or mental impairment. Some may benefit you!

Stay tuned for webinar dates in October & November with registration details!

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