Read our Spring 2021 Caregiver Connection Newsletter! (See details below)

Volunteer with FCBC

Virtual Journal Writing Workshop: Host & Assistant

 

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.



Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

For All Caregivers:

Join us April 8th, 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 April 13th, 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: TOMORROW, April 7th, 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

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

 

Join us for two Facebook Live sessions this month:

On April 13th at 9 am and 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.

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: Thursday April 20th, 2021

Click here to view the event poster.

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.

Advance Care Planning Day

 

April 16 is Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. Advance care planning is the is the process of thinking and talking about your wishes, values, and preferences for your future care in the event you are unable to speak for yourself.

We recently had Connie Jorsvik from Patients Pathways share her expertise and knowledge on Advance Care Planning with two webinars. Please click below to see the recordings and resources.

Submit a Caregiving Story

Caregiver Month in May - We Want to Hear from You!

 

This May is Caregiver Awareness Month, and we want to feature your stories about caregiving – the joys, the challenges, insights gained – to share with other caregivers and our larger communities.

If you are interested in submitting a story to be considered to be shared on our website and social media channels, you can either...

1. Email comm@familycaregiversbc.ca with the attached Word document (story of approximately 500 words), a photo of yourself (optional) and URLs to your social media accounts (optional), should you have them and wish to be tagged when your story is shared.

2, Call us at 778-426-8941 (ext. 8941) and leave a message with your name, phone number and description of your caregiver story for our Communications Coordinator to type up for you!

Community Events

Mandarin Caregiver Support Group

 

South Vancouver Family and Friend Caregiver Supports Program:

New Mandarin Support Group Launches in Late April!

As well as an English Support Group, a new Mandarin Support Group is coming in late April. Any Mandarin-speaking caregivers in BC are welcome!

We support family and friend caregivers in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

For more details, please contact Ping Chen, Caregiver Supports Program Coordinator, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Phone: 604-324-6212 ext. 116, Email: ping.chen@southvan.org

Click here to view the event poster in English and here to view the poster in Mandarin.

Surrey Hospice Webinar Series: Embracing Your Death in Life

 

Surrey Hospice and special guest Stephen Garrett is offering a three-part series on Embracing Your Death in Life.

Session 1: Are You Ready to Go? - April 15th, 7 pm PST. This session will address the ten main areas we need to get ready well before death arrives. The more planning and preparation we do in advance the more graceful and calm the end of life can be.

Session 2: Creating Personal Rituals That Work - April 29th, 7 pm PST. This session will look at how we can create meaningful rituals for ourselves so that we feel complete with our loved one and that the ceremony meant something to us personally. Meaningful rituals play a very important role in the grief process, so come learn how to create your own.

Session 3: The Unique Art of Grief - May 13th, 7 pm PST. This session will explore the many different ways we can grieve and help you discover which of the many ‘art forms’ of healthy grief work best for you.

To register email info@surreyhospice.com

Parkinson's Awareness Month

 

Every year, Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) dedicates the month of April to raising awareness of the unique experiences of people affected by Parkinson's disease (PD), and the needs of their community.

This is an opportunity to engage the public in expanding their understanding of Parkinson's, and the profound effects it has on the lives of over 13,000 British Columbians living with the disease.

To learn learn more click here.


New Programs at Mediate BC

 

Virtual Pro Bono Clinics

  • Online clinic on the first Wednesday of the month (next clinic is April 7th)
  • Members of the public are matched with an appropriate family or civil mediator to talk about an issue they are having. They can help determine options for resolutions, provide guidance on talking with the other party, help determine if mediation would be appropriate, and what resources are available and appropriate (such as legal aid, low cost services etc.).
  • Email info@mediatebc.com ahead of time to book an appointment or drop in
  • Free to the public

Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service

  • Program that provides free or low-cost mediation service (either online or by phone)
  • To qualify conflicts must be due to COVID-19. Examples include: disagreements around appropriate behaviour, mask wearing, vaccinations, safety protocols, issues around support or rent due to layoffs. Can be disputes within families, workplaces, landlord/tenants, roommates, community, etc.
  • Cost is determined by income. Fees can be waived based on a conversation with the intake coordinator - click here to learn more.
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