Our Programs

PEER SUPPORT

Our Friendly Visiting program offers one hour each week of in-home visiting and emotional support to seniors who are feeling isolated, lonely, depressed or vulnerable. The goal of peer support is to help ease the difficulties that vulnerable seniors can feel. We do this through friendly, peer-to-peer support. Sometimes something as simple as having someone who knows how to listen without judgment, and who has a good sense of what you may be experiencing and feeling because they, too, are a senior, and may have felt or experienced some of the same things, can be emotionally freeing.

 

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

The Caregivers Support groups provide a once per month opportunity for caregivers to meet in a friendly, supportive environment where they can interact with and both receive and give support to others who are also caregivers. The caregiving journey is a complicated one that can be difficult, exhausting and sometimes not well understood by those who have not experienced it.  We run groups for both female and male caregivers.

In the summer months of July and August the groups are held at an outdoor location, often the Anderton Therapeutic gardens.

We also welcome calls and/or email. Sometimes just having someone to talk to – even once or twice – provides all that is needed to take that next step.

RESPITE BOWLING

Once each week on either a Monday or Tuesday caregivers can bring their loved one to the Codes Country Lanes Bowling Alley for an hour and a half of recreational bowling. Codes is located on 6th Street in Courtenay opposite the Public Library.

Trained volunteers provide a fun afternoon of bowling followed by coffee and a cookie and time for socializing. Caregivers may either stay and enjoy the bowling program too or they can take some time for themselves. The program runs from 1:15 – 3pm on each of these two days.

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Please phone the office to register. You are welcome to come along and give it a try.

SENIOR INFORMATION AND ACCESS SUPPORT (SIAS)

Our SIAS program helps seniors a number of things. We help with the completion of forms that are needed in order to access services and program. Some examples are Income Tax completion, Federal Government Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), BC Housing forms such as SAFER or the Home Adaptations for Independence and Fair Pharmacare. We have helped with quite a range of applications – many of them online.

The program also does some advocacy for seniors. We have helped seniors understand the language in a contract for services they have, or are about to purchase.

We have assisted with housing information as well as general information and referral of all kinds. Not sure if we can help? Call us and we will figure it out together.

TRANSIT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Are you a senior who would like to use the local transit system but you don’t know how it works? Can’t understand the bus schedule? Don’t know all the different places the buses go? Are concerned because you have physical challenges and you aren’t sure you can get on and off the bus safely? Don’t know how to make the connections? We can help! We have a small team of volunteers, all bus riders themselves, who take great delight in teaching other seniors how to take the bus.

Our office is located at 491-4th Street in Courtenay (corner of 4th and Fitzgerald) and is open Monday from 9-4:30 and Tuesday through Thursday from 10 – 2. It is best to call ahead of time to ensure someone is in the office since we are often out of the office attending to clients. We are closed on Fridays, weekends and stat holidays.

All of our programs except for the weekly bowling program are free. To find out more about us or our programs call: 250-871-5940 or email: seniorpeercounselling@shaw.ca