Join us in celebrating Volunteer Awareness Week

this week! (See details below)

Survey Results

Family Caregivers of BC Caregiver Survey Highlights

 

In December 2020, we asked the caregiver community for feedback about the impact of COVID-19 on their caregiving responsibilities. Follow this link to a summary of the responses we received (available on our website).



Happy Volunteer Awareness Week!

Join us in Celebrating Volunteer Awareness Week!

 

From all of us at FCBC, we want to extend a big THANK YOU to our incredible volunteers. Your contributions is vital and valuable in supporting caregivers in navigating this challenging role. We are grateful for your effort, dedication and time.

Follow FCBC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to view special posts this week spotlighting some of our remarkable volunteers.

FCBC Volunteer & Paid Positions

Virtual Journal Writing Workshop: Host & Assistant - VOLUNTEER

 

Volunteer Role Outline: You will virtually host the weekly Journal Writing Workshop sessions and provide technical support to the facilitator and participants. This is a lively and engaging volunteer position, suitable for someone who would like to engage with caregivers using a trauma-informed approach to increase their well-being. Please see full outline of role and suggested qualifications here.

Time Commitments: There will be some flexibility on time, but you would need to be available for at least 2.5 hours per week during the sessions in June/July, Oct/Nov, Jan/Feb. We usually facilitate the sessions on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 pm.

Applications: Please contact Lycia Rodrigues at lyciarodrigues@familycaregiversbc.ca for further information or interest about the position. Please include "Journal Workshop Volunteer Position" in the subject line. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.



Caregiver Support - Relief Position - PAID

 

We are currently seeking a Caregiver Support Relief staff to provide on-call and scheduled coverage for the BC Caregiver Support Line, responding to calls, emails and occasionally walk-ins in Victoria (suspended during the COVID pandemic) as well as working on updating information, resources and referral content. Reporting to the Caregiver Support Line Lead and working collaboratively with the Caregiver Support Line (CSL) team, the relief staff uses their superior communication skills to offer empathic, knowledgeable support to caregivers. They may occasionally host or facilitate caregiver support groups as a back-up to volunteer facilitators, or host FCBC information exhibits.

To learn more about this position and understand how to apply, view the full Caregiver Support – Relief Position Job Posting.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

For All Caregivers:

Join us April 22nd, for the Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 2 - 3:30 pm).

This group 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 and connection, where caregivers can realize they are not alone.

As well, join us May 11th, for the BC Men's Virtual Support Group (2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 pm) for men to come together monthly to connect, receive support and share experiences as caregivers. Our group is led by experienced facilitators. 

You must pre-register to join each session!



Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group

 

Our monthly Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group brings caregivers from the Greater Victoria Area 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. This group is facilitated by our experienced volunteer Bonnie Davoren.

Next Session: May 5th, 1:30-3:00 pm (1st Wednesday of each month).

Registration: You must pre-register to join the session. Register in advance here. You will get a password and instructions to join this Zoom Virtual Group.

Please note that when joining you can choose to share your first and last name or create an anonymous username.

Join our Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

FCBC Circle of Care for Caregivers

 

Dates: May 5, 12 & 19th

Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm PST

About the Training: The FCBC Circles of Care (CoC) is a psychosocial intervention model that provides a tool to caregiver support staff and volunteers to strengthen and develop informal networks of support for family caregivers in BC. 

Who can participate? We encourage staff and volunteers from community organizations who have a caregiving support program to inquire and register for our Spring 2021 Cohort.

The goal of the Circle of Care Program and Training is to increase informal respite options for caregivers by increasing the community’s capacity to identify caregivers at risk of isolation and intervening by mobilizing informal supports.

Registration Deadline: TODAY, Thursday April 20th, 2021

Click here to view the event poster.

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

 

On April 27th at 9 am, join Wendy Johnstone for a Facebook Live conversation about Creating a Caregiver Support Plan. We will share our great new resources that will support you with making a personalized caregiver plan!

New to Facebook Live? It is a live recording on the 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.

My Wishes, My Care: Advanced Care Planning Information Sessions

 

Join FCBC and BC Centre for Palliative Care for a FREE two-part session for caregivers of people experiencing memory loss.

Dates: April 29th and May 13th, 2- 3pm PST.

If you can’t speak for yourself, who will speak for you? Do they know your wishes about health and personal care? Learn about the steps for Advance Care Planning.

Our information sessions and resources will help you get started. You can invite a family member or friend to join with you.

You will get a password and instructions to join this Zoom event after you have registered.

View the event poster here.

Family Caregiver Month (May)

About Family Caregiver Month

 

Family Caregivers of British Columbia (FCBC) invites you to celebrate Family Caregiver Awareness Month in May in partnership with the National Caregiver Awareness Working Group.

Join in the celebration by using #CaregiverAware on social media and attending FCBC’s first-ever Podcast Listening Party on May 14th and a special edition of our provincial support group on May 27th—Caregivers Connect: Celebration!

*Please note, the May 27th event will be a celebration and not a regular support group. Therefore, you are welcome to attend the Victoria Virtual Support Group in June if you are seeking a regular support group format.

If you wish to spread the word about Family Caregiver Month on your respective social media channels, you may share the pre-prepared messages and images in our Media Kit (see below).

FCBC Reading Material and Resources

The Gift of Letting Go

 

Listen to our latest podcast episode! In this episode we speak with Katrina who shares her experience of caregiving for her mother with Dementia. Katrina has strong values rooted in family and supporting family, which led her to care for her mother at home. Katrina’s episode is honest, raw and real. It is very inspiring to hear despite her caregiver challenges and lessons, she evolved and deepened her spiritual connection with self and with her mother.

Listen on your favourite podcast listening app or on our website!

Created with the support of Organized Sound Productions

Spring Caregiver Connection Newsletter

 

Spring has sprung and so has our Spring Caregiver Connection Newsletter! We invite you to get a warm drink and enjoy reading all of our articles including our featured article, "Family and Friend Caregivers on the Frontlines of COVID-19."

Other articles include:

  • The Power of Many
  • How Setting Intentions Can Support Your Caregiving Direction and Focus
  • What You Need to Know About the Power of Attorney
  • A Caregiver's Story

Caregiver Support Plan- Making it Personal

 

This month's theme at FCBC is "Caregiver Planning." And, we are so thrilled to offer brand new resources to support you with planning.

What exactly does is mean to create a personalized caregiver support plan? Here are some considerations to support your planning:

  • understand your support needs;
  • take stock of the here and now with overall caregiving well-being;
  • prioritize your needs and deciding where you want to be and then making a plan to get there; and,
  • think about a contingency plan—a "what if the bottom falls out and I can't care anymore."

Learn more about creating a personalized caregiving plan by clicking the resources below.

Community Events

CRA Webinars

 

With May as Family Caregiver Awareness Month in British Columbia, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is offering TWO live webinars on Benefits and Credits for Caregivers:

  1. Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm PST
  2. Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:30 am PST

As a caregiver for an individual with a physical or mental impairment there may be benefits and tax credits available to you! Join their webinar to obtain more information about the following topics: Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB); Canada Caregiver Credit; Medical Expenses; Slam the scam.

You can register for one of the above webinars by going to the below link and clicking on the link associated with the date of your choice.

Caregiver Continuing Support & Education Series

 

Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society (BSOSS) is hosting its monthly Caregiver Continuing Support & Education Series with the special focus of their virtual event on Wednesday, April 28 from 10:00am-11:30am on ‘Seniors Abuse Awareness.’

Join them to learn more about:

The “See Something, Say Something” Elder Abuse Awareness program works with multiple partnerships including the City of Surrey, Seniors First BC, BC Association of Community Response Networks and the police. This program is designed to provide seniors with a safe and anonymous method to report what they know about suspected criminal or abusive behaviour towards another elder or themselves. The program covers important topics and goes into great depth covering issues such as:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Fraud

To RSVP and obtain Zoom invitation links: Contact Faryar, BSOSS Program Coordinator at: faryar@bbyseniors.ca. 


Other Resources & Research Studies

BC Recovery Benefit

 

If you have not yet applied for the BC Recovery Benefit, you may still do so. The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. 

You have until June 30, 2021 to apply.

Advance Care Planning Resources - Now in Punjabi, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese!

 

For many who speak English as a second language, the steps of the advance care planning process—thinking, talking and planning—are easier in their home language.

That is why BC Centre for Palliative Care is now offering information on Advance Care Planning in more languages. By offering public-facing advance care planning information in Punjabi, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese, we are able to address the needs of two of the province’s largest culturally diverse groups. 

We encourage you to share the Advance Care Planning webpage (www.bc-cpc.ca/acpwidely with your community and network. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Rachel Carter, rcarter@bc-cpc.ca.

McMaster University Research Study

 

Researchers from McMaster University are seeking family and friend caregivers of persons living with dementia to deliver Namaste Care, a multisensory, personalized approach at home. Namaste Care will be incorporated into usual routines as a way of enriching interactions and care. Please click here for more information and email or call Marie-Lee Yous if interested at yousm@mcmaster.ca and 905.920.4614.

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