Restart of Child, Youth and Family Programs Sept, 2020

 

 Restart of programs update, September 2020

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We look forward to reconnecting with District 69 children, youth and families in a safe and respectful manner. 
In order to do so, we are following guidelines that are given by the provincial and federal government and closely monitoring COVID-19.

We want to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of our staff and volunteers, while still providing a fun environment and a safe space to socialize.

We plan to restart programs the week of September 21
and ending the week of November 27, 2020. 

This is our first phase of restarting programs. Please note that dates and times of some programs have changed. We are unable to provide all programs due to limited staff and funding. Please check program details for changes in dates and times.

 

Notably the biggest changes are to our school-age programs:

  • Kids Movement: Play, Express and Grow (for boys and girls) – Grade 4-6
  • School Night Out (SNO) – Grade 7-9
  • Parksville Teen Night (renamed Youth Open Space) and Qualicum Youth Open Space for Grade 10-12.

We are unable to provide consistent, week-to-week programs, however we plan to do POP-UP’s, rotating through the programs every 3 weeks. This is so we can connect with our young people, receive their feedback, and be able to better support them for Phase 2 of our restart of programs.

There are a few things to talk about with your family/children before coming to any of our programs.

  • To participate in any of our programs you must:
    • Pre-register – This includes all participants that have been part of programs in the past to let us know if you are planning to return to programs
    • Register on arrival/contact- For new participants wanting to take part in any of our programs, we will take your name and number so that we can contact you for next availability of programs.
      • Parksville site:
        • Location: 245 West Hirst Avenue
        • Call: 250-248-2093 ext.249
        • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
        • Cell/Text:250-228-4066
      • Qualicum site:
        • Location: 744 Primrose Street
        • Call:250-752-2040 ext.201
        • EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
        • Cell/Text:250-248-0997
  • All programs will have reduced number of participants and reduced number of hours of programming; this is to ensure physical distancing, safety and time for enhanced cleaning protocols to take place.
    • School-aged groups - limited to 10 young participants
    • Family groups – 3 families maximum of 10 participants, this includes babies
    • TICTAC groups - 10 participants including children/babies
  • For families with young children, due to physical distancing and limited physical contact to your child from staff and volunteers, parents will need to closely monitor and be near their child/children
  • Daily screenings start at home. Parents and caregivers are responsible for assessing themselves and their children before coming to any of our programs.

Health & Safety measures for entry to program

Your health and safety are important to us.

  • Staff will be screening participants before they enter the building:
    • Screening questions:
      • Do you have symptoms of the common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease?
      • Have you been outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
      • Have you been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak?
    • If you answer YES to any of the questions, you must stay home, self-isolate and seek care from a health-care provider. You will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Staggered entry into and exit out of programs – participants must not congregate and will be directed by staff when to enter and when to exit. Stay on marked lines/cones for entry and exit.
  • Everyone is expected to wear masks when coming into and during programs. The only exception is when eating and drinking. School aged children 9 years and above are expected to wear masks.
  • Before entering you must hand sanitize. If hands are visibly dirty, hand wipes are available to use. Please use hand-sanitizing stations throughout the centre and upon exit.
  • Practise physical distancing while in Centre. Keep 6 feet away from each other and from staff/volunteers.
  • Washrooms will be available to participants.
  • High-touch areas are cleaned frequently
  • Meals/snacks: Limited meals/snacks will be served by staff/volunteers.

Kids Movement: Play, Express & Grow: For boys and girls in Grade 4,5 & 6

We still want the opportunity to play, express and grow with kids. We want to hear what they maybe struggling with and support them as we reconnect through various activities.

Pop-Up dates:

Qualicum: Mondays -3:30-5:30pm

  • Oct. 5, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16
  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parksville: Thursdays – 3:30-5:30pm

  • Oct. 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 19
  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pre-registration is required
  • No transportation available. Parents/Guardians to drop-off children.
  • No fieldtrips – all interaction at centre.
  • A healthy snack is provided.
  • Maximum capacity is 10 kids - 5 girls and 5 boys. Limited space available so please call/text/email ahead to reserve and confirm your child’s spot.

School Night Out: For Grades 7, 8 & 9

A safe space for young people to connect and express themselves through games, art, crafts and music. Adult mentors available to support, guide and listen.

Pop-Up dates

Qualicum: Mondays – 3:30-5:30pm

  • Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 9
  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parksville: Thursdays – 3:30-5:30pm

  • Oct. 1, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12
  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • No fieldtrips – all interaction at centre.
  • A healthy snack is provided.
  • Maximum capacity is 10 youth. Limited space available so please call/text/email ahead to reserve and confirm a spot.

Qualicum Youth Open Space: For Grades 10, 11 & 12

A safe space for young people to make new friends through music, arts, crafts, games and a relaxing environment with adult mentors available for support and a listening ear.

Pop-Up dates

Qualicum: Mondays – 3:30-5:30pm

  • Sept. 21, Nov. 2 and Nov. 23
  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parksville Youth Open Space: For Grades 10, 11 & 12

Pop-Up dates

Parksville: Thursdays – 3:30-5:30pm

  • Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and Nov. 26
  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • No fieldtrips – all interaction at centre.
  • A healthy snack is provided.
  • Maximum capacity is 10 youth. Limited space available so please call/text/email ahead to reserve and confirm a spot.

TICTAC (Time in Comfort for Tots and Caregivers)

For children newborn to age 5 years old that have not entered kindergarten yet. This is a welcoming and nurturing environment for parents/caregivers to take a break, refuel and recharge their energy while child(ren) can play with peers, building social and emotional skills through play and interacting with staff and volunteers to support their learning.

Parksville – Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9-11am

  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualicum – Mondays and Wednesdays – 9-11am

  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pre-registration required. We can also take registrations over the phone or email to be put on waitlist.
  • We encourage families of 3 that are currently having playdates to be a “family bubble.” Otherwise, we will assign families together. Depending on number of children in a family, we may be able to accommodate 4 families.
  • Families pick one day and come for a total of 3 consecutive weeks in their “family bubble.” A new “family bubble” attends the program for the following 3 weeks, etc.  Limited spots available for a total of 10 participants, this includes parents with children.
  • Please note this program is not for paid caregivers.
  • Complimentary tea/coffee station available with muffin and fruit basket available for parents/guardians.
  • Snacks for children will be to go – this will include fruit, crackers and yogurt tube. This will be given on their way out.
  • Limited physical contact from staff/volunteers so we ask parents/caregivers to be nearby their child(ren).

Family Night

For the family of kids ages 0-8* years old and their parents/caregivers. The focus will be for families to enjoy quality time together as we serve a meal and provide the entertainment such as arts and crafts, games, music and outings.

*Recommended age due to activities and wide range of ages, main idea is that child can be engaged in activities.

Parksville – Tuesdays – 5-7pm

  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualicum – Wednesdays – 5-7pm

  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We are taking 3 families at a time for 3 consecutive weeks. Families will cycle through 3 weeks at a time. This way we can reconnect with our families and receive valuable feedback.
  • Meals will be offered but will be served by staff/volunteers.
  • Families will be assigned a table and they will be at same table for the duration of 3 weeks for eatingand activities.
  • We encourage families of 3 that are currently having playdates to be a “family bubble.” Otherwise, we will assign families together.
  • Limited physical contact from staff/volunteers so we ask parents/caregivers to be nearby their child(ren).

Education Assistance – For grade 6-12

Available time slots during the school year:

  • 3:00 – 4:00 – Monday to Thursday
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm –Monday to Thursday

One-on-one tutoring for school-aged young people that are currently enrolled in classroom in School district 69. Subjects that we can help out with will be English and Math only.

To register please contact:

  • Call – 250-248-2093 ext.242
  • Cellphone/Text: 250-954-9035
  • Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Contacts:

  • Child, Youth and Family Programs –Parksville
    • Main Line – 250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Tex – 250-228-4066
  • Child, Youth and Family Programs – Qualicum
    • Main Line – 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text – 250-248-0997
  • Tutoring
    • Main Line – 250-248-2093 ext.242
    • Cellphone/Text – 250-954-9035
  • Child, Youth & Family Programs Manager
    • Alice Tulia – 250-248-2093 ext.242
    • Cellphone/Text – 250-954-9035

Take Stock Survey

Until Aug. 31

District 69 residents, we need your input. Please help us “Take Stock” of where we are now and how best to restart and re-imagine programs and services that support children, youth, families, adults and seniors in District 69 this fall and winter. We want to ensure we continue to deliver the most relevant and helpful services that our community needs as we rebuild community well being together. We invite you to take this short 10-minute survey before August 31. Please click here. Thank you!

SOS AGM 2020

Sept. 23 online via Zoom

The SOS AGM will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 pm online via Zoom. Please RSVP by September 9 by calling 250-248-2093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To view the invitation, please click here.

To view the introduction of candidates, please click here.

Summer Family Fun for SOS!

Interested in supporting our community and having some fun this summer? We need your help to restart our programs for children, youth and families! Consider hosting an event this summer with proceeds going to SOS. Click here to have a look at the 2-page flyer for more details, or scroll down to view both pages. Once you've read the flyer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your fabulous idea and we'll get back to you right away. Thank you!

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Thrift Shop reopens June 15

We are very excited to welcome our Thrift Shop customers and donors back to resume treasure hunting and donation drop-offs on June 15!

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we continue to work through the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 crisis.

Your support is truly appreciated at this time and is helping us provide essential services to our residents. Thank you for helping us keep valuable items out of our landfill, for promoting ethical, sustainable shopping, and for supporting SOS as a local charity dedicated to improving our community.

The health and safety of you and our staff is a top priority to us, so you will notice some changes. Here’s what you can expect on your visit to the Thrift Shop:

Hours

Monday - Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.  These reduced business hours will help us restock the store and maintain enhanced cleaning requirements with just our staff on the premises.

Enhanced cleaning procedures:

We will be cleaning high-touch areas frequently.

In order to limit the spread of viruses, we have added hand sanitizer stations and our staff team will be wearing facemasks.

Important details about shopping:

  • Do not enter, if you are sick.
  • Wear a mask, if you have one.
  • Please use the hand sanitizing stations at the entrance and exit doors.
  • Once inside, please follow directional signs.
  • Please stay 6 feet away from other shoppers, and staff, at all times.
  • All incoming donations have been isolated prior to being put on the sales floor; however, we recommend that you wash and/or sanitize your purchases.
  • Please avoid touching merchandise unless you intend to purchase the item.
  • Change rooms and washrooms are closed for your safety.
  • Tap debit and credit transactions are preferred; please avoid using cash.
  • New shopping bags will be provided.  Sorry, we will not be handling or using reusable bags.
  • We are limiting the number of shoppers for your safety. Please limit your visit to 20 minutes so that other customers have the opportunity to shop. Please help us ensure everyone gets a chance to come in and find some treasures.
  • Sorry, there are no deliveries available.

Important details about Thrift Shop donations:

  • If possible, please hold off on dropping donations as we are anticipating an influx of donations that will overwhelm our capacity to process them.
  • Drop off your donations during opening hours, 9:30 - 3:30, Monday - Saturday.
  • Sorry, no furniture or large appliances will be accepted for donation at this time due to our limited capacity to store isolated donations.
  • Please ensure your items are clean and in working order.
  • Please maintain a distance of 6 feet from SOS employees.
  • Sorry we are not able to pick up donations at this time.

Thank you again for your patience as we do our best to operate in this new normal. We are looking forward to seeing your happy faces again as you discover fantastic bargains!

SOS could not continue providing community support without valued supporters like you. Thank you for helping us ensure that everyone has a safe, enjoyable shopping experience at the best Thrift Shop on the Island.

Working together to support seniors

SOS continues to take care of local seniors through the COVID-19 crisis thanks to support from the community and our partners.

“Without my prescription I can’t sleep at night, I have terrible nightmares,” said Valdis, a SOS Seniors’ Advocacy Services (SAS) client. “I’ve got other medications that are covered by PharmaCare, but that particular medication isn’t, and I just didn’t have the coin to buy it.”

Valdis was able to purchase his medication after speaking with Seniors’ Advocacy Services Coordinator Dawn Barry.

Recently, SOS received a $5,000 grant for the SAS program from the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island's COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund, funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

SOS Seniors' Advocacy Services provides assistance to seniors over the phone, emergency vouchers for food and medicine, it helps residents access various government benefits, and more.

Heather accessed the program after her car broke down and she was dealing with health issues. “If  I didn’t get that help, I’d probably be living on the street,” she said. “I’ve lost weight and I’d probably be in the hospital or something. That little bit of help goes a long way. Programs like this are very essential. ”

If you are a local (District 69) senior and need support, call SOS at 250-248-2093.

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Income Tax Program goes virtual

SOS has restarted the Income Tax program. Thanks to community support, SOS continues to offer a number of essential services to local residents. Low income residents who need assistance filing basic tax returns can now call SOS at 250-248-2093 to set up a virtual tax appointment. SOS Coordinator Elizabeth Nicol discussed the program with 88.5 The Beach radio host Dave Graham over the phone. Click here to listen to that interview, which also discusses the other essential services we are providing residents at this time. If you would like to help keep SOS essential services available, please donate to our Grateful Hearts campaign through our website by clicking here or call us. Thank you!

 

Fundraiser by renowned artists

Renowned local artists Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook are fundraising to help SOS distribute food to neighbours in need. The fundraiser features 50 works of art by the two artists, selling for a fraction of the cost they would normally be sold for. All pieces in the fundraiser cost $500, and 50% of the proceeds will come to SOS. Work by these artists generally range from $1,000 to upwards of $5,000. To view the art on the artists' Facebook page, click here. 

Grateful Hearts Campaign - Help us continue essential services

Despite the closure of our Thrift Shop due to COVID-19, and the lost revenue that we count on every month to fund our operations, thanks to community support, we are still able to offer essential services to our most vulnerable residents. If you’ve made a financial donation, we thank you!
If you are a District 69 resident struggling to buy food or medicine, call us at 250-248-2093. Seniors who need help with their grocery shopping can contact us. Residents who need counselling services can call to access our Counselling Referral program, which will connect them with a professional counsellor online. Our vital Meals on Wheels program continues to deliver nutritious meals. We are continuing Friendly Visiting with seniors over the phone, and we are calling to check in on senior clients regularly. Our work with the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness continues to help individuals experiencing homelessness with supplies and housing emergency assistance.

We’re here to help as long as our funds allow. If you can make a financial donation to help your neighbours in need, donate to our Grateful Hearts campaign by clicking here.  Your help can’t wait! #sosgratefulhearts #unityincommunity

The Grateful Heart

Please click here or on the heart below to open a larger version with cut lines. Thank you for your support!

 

April 2 COVID-19 Update

SOS services are available to residents who are feeling the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are struggling to buy food or medicine, you can call us for assistance. Residents who are in need of counselling services can now access our Counselling Referral program, which will connect them with a professional counsellor online. On behalf of the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, we are also continuing to provide supports for homeless individuals in the form of supplies and housing emergency assistance. SOS was created by and is supported by community, to ensure residents have help when they need it the most. Call 250-248-2093 for assistance. We are gratefully accepting donations to help us continue to provide essential services. Visit www.sosd69.com or call to make a donation.

SOS Spring 2020 Newsletter

SOS is committed to supporting seniors. Although the Thrift Shop and SOS Community Services Centres are closed to the public, we are here to help. Please see the message above for essential services offered.
Please click here or on the image below to view our Seniors-themed Spring Newsletter. Once the COVID-19 pandemic diminishes, we look forward to re-starting all of our programs for seniors, as well as for children, youth and families.
Without income from our Thrift Shop, we are limited in our ability to maintain service levels. If you are able, please consider donating online or over the phone. Please click here to make a donation. Your support is critical at this time.
Thank you for your support of SOS and our community, and we hope you enjoy reading our Spring Newsletter.

 

Community Issues: Blog 1 - Assisting Seniors through COVID-19

Keeping up with Seniors’ needs in challenging times

In these unprecedented times, SOS is aware of how challenging a situation this is for our residents, particularly for seniors. They are one of the most vulnerable segments of our population, as they are more likely than the rest of us to suffer serious consequences if they contract the COVID-19 virus.

At SOS, we know that many local seniors cannot afford to stock up on items at the grocery store, and when they visit the grocery stores for the items they need, they are finding empty shelves. They are on high alert, and stress is taking its toll.

We must all be diligent in practicing physical distancing, and it is also very important that we continue to check in on our local seniors, particularly if they are without close friends or family. Give them a phone call if you can. If they need support such as food or medicine, have them give us a call and we will do our best to support them. In times like these, our community must come together and look out for one another.

SOS is continuing to offer essential services, and we are in contact with seniors to establish what supports they have, and what they need at this time. Although our facilities are closed to the public, we are offering Seniors Advocacy Services over the phone, as well as Emergency Assistance. We will continue offering our Meals on Wheels program, as this is an essential service for many local seniors. We also continue to assist Ministry of Social Development clients in their submitting their reports, and our Homeless Prevention Program clients will continue to receive support, some of whom are seniors.

We know our area has a lot of seniors. Statistics Canada data confirmed in 2017 that Qualicum Beach has the most seniors aged 65 and over in the country. Parksville trailed close behind in third place. We anticipate more seniors, as well as residents who have been laid off from work, will need to access our services in the coming days and weeks.

Without income from our Thrift Shop, we are limited in our ability to maintain service levels. If you are able, please consider donating online or by phone. Your support is critical at this time.

Please join and support us as we keep the pulse of local residents. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. Sign up for our monthly E-newsletter through our website. Start contributing: make an online donation. Sign up to volunteer once we are operating at full capacity again.

If you are a local senior in need of assistance, call SOS at 250-248-2093.
By looking out for one another, our community can get through this challenging time together.

Susanna Newton
SOS Executive Director

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