Join us in celebrating Family Caregiver Month! Learn more here.

This week in honour of Family Caregiver Month we are bringing awareness to the juggling act of Work, School and Caregiving

Why Work, School and Caregiving?

Approximately 70% of the one million family caregivers in BC are balancing the demands of caregiving and working full or part-time. This can result in caregivers quitting their jobs, retiring early, cutting back on hours, turning down promotions and loss of pension contributions. Employers experience higher absenteeism rates, more lateness and lower productivity. Meanwhile, other caregivers are juggling caregiving responsibilities and an education.

That is why this week’s theme is “Work, School and Caregiving” because we at FCBC, in partnership with The National Caregiver Awareness Working Group, acknowledge the challenge that balancing work, school and caregiving can pose to one’s wellbeing. 

Join our Caregivers Connect: Celebration

May 27th from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

The Caregivers Connect Celebration is a special-edition of our Caregivers Connect support group, offering caregivers an opportunity to enjoy fun and reflective activities, including easy and accessible mindful chair movement and creating a time capsule. Participants are invited to bring a piece of stationary and an envelope to this virtual event. 

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

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: June 2nd, 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.

 

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

For All Caregivers:

Join us June 8th, 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. 

As well, join us June 10th, 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.

You must pre-register to join each session!

Join our Upcoming Webinars, Workshops and Trainings

Last Chance to Sign Up! Virtual Journal Workshop - Summer Sessions

Join us for a private, safe, reflective writing group for family caregivers, focused on compassionate self-nurturing. Participants write privately in their individual, structured journal workbooks.

When: Tuesdays, May 25th - June 29th from 2 - 3:30 pm

To participate, register by Monday, May 17th.

 

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

On Thursday, May 27th at 9 am, join Wendy Johnstone for a Facebook Live conversation about Caregivers as Essential Partners in Care. 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.

Read the Latest Caregiver Story on our Blog

A Caregiver's Story: Linda

In honour of Family Caregiver Month, we asked our community to share their personal stories about caregiving—the joys, the challenges, insights gained—to share with other caregivers and our larger communities. Here is one such submission…

Read Linda Tang's story about how she became a caregiver starting at the age of 19 and how her diagnosis with MS changed her caregiving role considerably.

Work, School and Caregiving Resources

Article: Balancing Family Caregiving and Work

If you are juggling the demands of work and caregiving, read this article (available on the FCBC website) for some ideas that might help!

 

Flipbook: Supporting Employed Caregivers

Use this flipbook as a self-reflective exercise to consider how you are supporting employed caregivers and how you can make your workplace more inclusive. And, watch the webinar of the same name for extra guidance.

 

EI Caregiving Benefits and Leave

Do you know about Compassionate Care Leave for employed caregivers? There are three types of caregiving benefits that you may be eligible (as well as changes to support you during COVID-19). Click the link below to learn more.

Grant Organization Spotlight

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH) is an integral part of the diverse, vibrant, and most multicultural neighbourhood in Vancouver. We envision ourselves as a community thriving in connection, celebration, engagement and leadership. Our organization supports caregivers through our ‘Caregivers Connect’ program, which provides one-to-one support, virtual meet-ups, access to resources, activities, and flexible programming specifically tailored to each caregivers’ needs. 

To find out more about our ‘Caregivers Connect ‘Program, please contact Judy Venable by email at jvenable@mpnh.org or by phone at 604-809-8303. See our website for more programs and information www.mpnh.org

 

OneSky

OneSky Community Resources is a social services organization in Penticton, BC, that has been providing a range of community programs for individuals and families at every stage of life.

Our organization supports caregivers through the provision of services based on their individual and family needs. Supporting the complex job of the caregiver requires flexibility and an understanding that support must be responsive to the changing needs of the caregiver and the care recipient. Expanding the circle of trusted contacts so the caregiver can feel supported and connected to their community.

Contact Ibolya (Ibi) Stipkovits phone 250-488-7083 or email Ibolya.stipkovits@oneskycommunity.com

www.Oneskycommunity.com

 

Prince George Native Friendship Centre

Prince George Native Friendship Centre is an Indigenous social service agency serving anyone needing support – we offer programming in mental health, literacy, employment, early services, housing, outreach, shelter and cultural opportunities.

Our organization supports caregivers by/through reaching out the hand of friendship, normalizing struggling or needing support and building relationships among caregivers as well as our staff.

To learn more, email Nikki at bahfacilitator@pgnfc.com or visit www.pgnfc.com

 

Richmond Cares Richmond Gives

The Family & Friend Caregiver Hub, through Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG), supports caregivers by offering a range of services designed to promote the health and well-being of caregivers, such as one-to-one emotional support, peer support, information & referrals, educational & skill-building workshops, and online resources. All services are free of charge and offered in both English and Chinese. Contact us today at 604-279-7020, email caregivernavigator@rcrg.org, or visit us at www.rcrg.org/caregivers   

Community Events, Resources and Opportunities

Education and Outreach Coordinator - Canadian Center for Elder Law (BC)

The CCEL is hiring an Education and Outreach Coordinator for a project on engaging people living with dementia in decision-making. This 2-year contract requires 20-30 hours a week. The successful candidate will start as soon as possible.

FCBC is pleased to be a partner in this Engaging People Living with Dementia Project.

Click here to view the full job description.

Share your story about supporting a parent with a mental health concern for Visions magazine

The BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance use produces Visions magazine, and stories from it are featured throughout the popular HeretoHelp.bc.ca website and in our quarterly magazine.

Visions Magazine is looking to hear from adult children in BC who have experience supporting or caregiving for their parents or grandparents while navigating mental health challenges. Your story could help tens of thousands of people.

If this sounds like you, get in touch with us today! Articles are less than 2 pages long and you have several weeks to write. You don't have to be a professional "writer". Their professional editor will work with you. If privacy is a concern, you can write under a fake name. You'd even be eligible for a $100 honorarium after publication this Summer if we ok you to write. 

Interested? Please don't start writing just yet. Contact Kamal Arora at: kamal.arora@cmha.bc.ca first and share a couple of sentences about your story perspective, and please include what community you live in, and a phone number as well.

Deadline to contact Visions expressing interest: May 18th, 2021

For more information on Visions, visit: www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions

Participate in a Virtual Vacation

To mark Family Caregiver Month, Richmond Family & Friend Caregiver Hub (RCRG) is planning a virtual globetrotting journey, with multiple destinations on the itinerary. 

The "trip" will take about two hours and tickets are free. This takes place on Friday May 28th from 11 am - 1pm on Zoom.

This unique Around the World tour will feature guest speakers, performers, and volunteers, each showcasing a country, region, city, neighbourhood, or cultural practice that brings them joy or simply helps them relax.

If you'd like to be a tour guide on this journey or simply participate, please reach out to caregivernavigator@rcrg.org.

Read the event poster and learn how to sign up here.

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