Your social distancing reminder of the week…

…comes with an invitation to join in upcoming online events hosted by the Family Support Institute! Check it out!

Upcoming FSIBC Zoom Conversations
Our Zoom conversations are a safe space for families and caregivers to come together for support, camaraderie, inspiration, trouble-shooting, and sharing what’s hard. Some of these sessions are by theme/topic and others are for general conversation and engagement. Whatever you might be feeling right now — overwhelmed, sadness, fear, anxiety — you are not alone.

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Connection in the time of COVID

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Hey everyone, your social distancing reminder of the week is inspired by the current edition of the Plan Institute’s newsletter, which has a great article about connecting intentionally with others during these trying times – check it out here! Their suggestions include:

  • creating a “virtual bubble”
  • connecting within your neighborhood
  • calendars of Covid-safe events to look forward to

As well as many others! Give something new a try and share your favorites in the comments!

Great News!

Hey everyone:

Such COOL news from Lea – Aaron H created a video game called “Mystical Echoes” that is available for purchase on the Steam app, you can find it listed under Considra Games. There is a preview of the game on YouTube, so you can check out his creation!

Aaron says he plans to start working on making another video game soon – can’t wait to check it out, Aaron! Way to go!

Mental Health during the holidays

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Hey everyone, the Government of Canada has circulated helpful advice to support mental health heading into the holidays — check it out below and share with others:

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be experiencing:
-Worry about finances and gift giving.
-Fear of getting sick
-Family conflict from differences in risk comfort level.
-Sadness from being away from loved ones.
These feelings are normal. To learn more about how to take care of your mental health during the holidays, visit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/plan-safe-holiday-celebration.html#a7

TRAINING: Plan Institute

Hey all, the winter online training sessions presented by Plan Institute were listed in their newsletter and include:

  • the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning (For BC residents)
  • Personal Support Network Facilitation

And many other resources, like their 5-part webinar series designed to help people facing social isolation stay connected. You can get more information about everything they have on offer on their website.

TRAINING: LINK Healthy Relationships

Hey everyone, posAbilities is offering free, online (Zoom) LINK Healthy Relationships training in the South Okanagan area this Winter. The LINK! curriculum provides relevant sexual health information and focuses on a variety of topics including:

  • Knowing Your Rights, Consent, and the Law
  • The Basics (Anatomy, Public vs. Private)
  • Different Types of Touch and Trusted People
  • Self-Care
  • Gender and Identity
  • Relationships and Decision Making
  • Online Safety and Pornography
  • Dating and Break-Ups
  • Thinking about Sex (Determining “Readiness”, Types of Sexual Activity)
  • Safer Sex (STIs and Contraception)

Check out the attached info and contact them to register online!

Grocery Shopping Support – COMMUNITY CARE

Hey everyone, there is a Shop-by-Phone program available in Kelowna in partnership with Save-on-Foods (Mission) offering weekly service to Community Care clients who need help with grocery shopping and delivery.

Check out their brochure (below) and contact Neda (Volunteer Services Coordinator – Central Okanagan) if you have questions or are interested in obtaining a referral: 250.980.1558.