January 8, 2020 Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with your family and friends.
In June of 2019, CLBC and the BC CEO Network, together with the members of the BC Home Share Providers Association and the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Association, came together to form a Home Sharing Working Group. The Group works to find solutions for issues identified in home sharing and has implemented a 3-year work plan.
Improving CLBC’s referral and matching process of individuals to home sharing providers as well as finding better systems around helping to prevent, avert and respond to crises in home sharing services were identified as priorities in the plan. Hearing directly from someone with lived experience or those who support someone living in home sharing is vital to the success of this work. CLBC is hosting eight consultation sessions across the province to hear first hand how we can improve our approaches.
I am writing to ask for your help to spread the word by distributing the consultation invitation found here to your staff, home sharing providers you’re connected to, individuals living in a home share and their families / personal support networks. We are also launching an online survey later this month so we can make sure we reach as many people as possible. CLBC will send you the link to the survey when it is online.
It is with a very heavy heart that we let you know that we lost James Croston to cancer on Saturday. James, for those that may not have known him, was a Home Share Provider, Home Share Coordinator, Senior Coordinator and the Service Coordinator for Home Share at Community Connections. He literally performed every role with respect to Home Share at the agency and developed many great relationships with coworkers at the agency, Home Share Providers and our communities in his various roles along the way.
I will miss his tremendous sense of humour, his persistent quest for knowledge, constant commitment to improve things, his intensity and, most of all, his friendship.
James is survived by his loving family who were by his side throughout his illness, particularly his young son and daughter. A Go Fund Me page has been set up with the proceeds going to James’ kids. The link is here should you wish to donate.
As you can imagine, it will take us a few days to catch up on work that we had promised, my apologies particularly for the delay in getting out the breakdowns of the recent Home Share increases and retroactive payments if they applied to you. I will get those out to you as soon as I can.
Thank you all for your support of the CCSS team and especially your support of James.
He will be dearly missed. Jackie and Brian (on behalf of the whole Home Share Team at Community Connections Support Services)
Our intrepid reporter, Amit Ghosh, got a chance to sit down with Linda Siino from CARF to talk about accreditation, CARF and how it impacts Community Connections Support Services. Linda, Colleen and Paul (in the West Kootenays) were here the week before last surveying the organization.
More info about CARF is here. Check out the video below and hit us up with any other questions you may have. Thanks to Amit, Linda and Kathy for making this happen.
We just want to let you know that community support in Kelowna is changing. We have in the past had a combination one-to-one, small group and large group activities for the people that we serve in community support. We are changing the support model to either one-to-one or global (group) which means that you will have to make a choice about how your community support services are delivered to you.
Our intrepid reporter, Amit Ghosh, interviewed Joel Gunther (service coordinator) and yours truly to get more information and explain the changes happening over the summer. Check out the video below. We will be also sending around a letter with your options and will be chatting with you about these changes. If you still have questions, make sure you check in with your Community Support Worker.
Special thanks go out to Kathy Herbert (behind the camera) who put this fantastic video together for everyone. Thanks Kathy! Thanks Amit!
Please see the link below for our Summer Newsletter for our Home Share Services. Thanks to James Croston for putting this together for us. Got any great ideas for submission for the next newsletter? Let James know!
Hi everyone, we are very excited to pass along the recent news about increases to home share funding in the BC provincial budget!
Some of you may have heard about this via the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society, who have been working to improve home share supports through the Home Share Working Group – check out the message from COPCS (below). You can read the announcement (and about CLBC’s plans to implement the upcoming funding increases) by clicking here.
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We are pleased to confirm Carole James (Minister of Finance) announced today that Home Share Providers across the province will be receiving an increase in the 2019 provincial budget. This is a long overdue and a well-deserved increase for Home Share Providers.
We want to take this opportunity to thank our members for your assistance and valuable input. The COPCS executive has been working for the past five years to bring our members concerns to CLBC and to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Our concerns for shared living rates were heard and addressed in today’s budget announcement.
The COPCS executive will continue to participate in the provincial Home Share Working Group to improve the Home Share Program.
The full announcement from CLBC can be found at the link below: