What’s On at the HSSSBCMay 2024 Edition
Home Sharing Providers  Virtual CoachingSign-upEmergency Preparedness WebinarRegisterMental Health & Wellness WebinarRegister

Happy May to everyone in the Home Sharing community!  We have been very busy at the HSSSBC planning events, speakers & opportunities for you to provide your input to make a difference in home sharing.
Important Days in MayALS Awareness MonthArthritis Awareness MonthMental Health Awareness MonthNational Stroke Awareness MonthInternational Cri du Chat or 5p Minus Awareness Day – May 5Fibromyalgia Awareness Day – May 12Global Accessibility Awareness Day – May 18World Multiple Sclerosis Day – May 30
Home Sharing Providers – Virtual CoachingAre you a Home Sharing Provider who has a home sharing question or needs some advice?
The HSSSBC has got you covered with a free virtual coaching service that has been designed specifically for Home Sharing Providers. This service is open to any approved Home Share provider in BC,  with or without a current client.   What you can expect from your Home Sharing Coach We can provide remote (telephone/ virtual meetings) assistance to help you navigate your home sharing arrangement.  Our expert coaches will share invaluable insights, strategies, tools, and best practices, empowering you to create a harmonious living situation based on your unique needs.  
Fill out the form HERE to sign up for a free session 
Staying Healthy While Caregiving
Self-care is one of the most important challenges of being a caregiver. This free course explores why staying healthy is key for caregivers, and identifies tools and solutions for supporting yourself while caring for another. What you will learn: Recognize how staying healthy while caregiving will make you a more effective caregiver How to assess how you are currently taking care of yourself Discover strategies for staying healthy while caring for another How to identify ways to include self-care in your current life and routine. 
Access the FREE course here!
Our Connect & Collaborate Session this month is a webinar discussing emergency planning! This month feature presenters are emergency preparedness specialists!
Overview of SessionEmergency Planning Essentials: Creating Protocols and Strategies for Crisis Situations in Home SharingNavigating Crisis: Tools, Resources and Techniques for Responding to and Managing Emergency Situations
May 16, 2024 – Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Link for registration
Want to see what is coming up in future Connect & Collaborate sessions? Check out our events HERE. We heard your feedback & this year there will be more opportunities for networking & connections at each session.
We have a new webinar this month focusing on Mental Health and Wellness!  Our speakers, Jessica Pye and Michelle Skanes are joining us from the Help Desk for Indigenous Leadership.
Overview of SessionStigma, self-care, caring for others, Indigenous practices on wellness, and harm reductionFacilitated interactive session for audience questions
May 23, 2024 – Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Link for registration
Check out our “Resources” section for past Connect & Collaborate session, information, resources & more!
Connecting Queer Communities (CQC) is a social group for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks with cognitive disabilities to connect with each other, and with the broader queer community of the Lower Mainland.  Curiko:”We’re a community of people with and without disabilities. Discover new things about yourself, others, and the world around you. Connect with your fellow humans through community-led experiences.” (link) Options for Sexual Health – Sex Sense:”Sex Sense is a free, pro-choice, sex-positive, and confidential** service. Our team of registered nurses, counsellors, and sex educators offer information and resources on sex, sexuality and sexual health, for people living in British Columbia and the Yukon, Canada.”(link) QMUNITY:”QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We provide a safer space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. Our building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength.”(link) The Self Advocate Podcast: “A podcast about disability, focusing on arts and culture, including, music, the fine arts, the performing arts, podcasts, blogs, online videos, books and authors, events that are both related to disability and the wider community. Produced by Alison Klein. New Episodes every other week.” (link)
The NTG is a not-for-profit organization charged with ensuring that the interests of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia – as well as their families and friends.    Recently, they held an online webinar and shared some resources that would be useful for the home sharing community: Guidelines for Structuring Community Care and Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities Affected by Dementia (link). Dalton Protocol for Recording Baseline Information – Instrument Guide (link)  NTG-Early Detection Screen for Dementia (print version here, electronic version here) Jenny’s Diary (link)  
Co-Design Labs
Our Co-Design Labs are based on the philosophy community-led lived-experience. This means that we invite people to engage as members of the home sharing community, to share their direct personal experiences. These experiences are important as they hold the nuances and elements of lived-experience from community stories, events, and happenings that are critical to the framing and shaping of experience.
Our co-design labs  aim to always work closely with how the communities we are collaborating with shape and define lived-experience from the perspectives of people within co-design.
Our current topic of focus is respite.  The home sharing communities expertise and experience will be important as we continue to plan for the future of home sharing.
Join our co-design lab to provide your input. 
Register HERE

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