As we move into April, and we all continue to ‘hold the line’ for the ones we love, we hope you are all doing as well as possible during this time. We aim to make life just a little bit easier for you, by sharing some updates and new resources to explore.
We also would love to hear from you. Drop us a line anytime to let us know how you’re doing, and if you have any tech barriers that make accessing information on the internet tough. We’ll do our best to help you make the most of the content that is being shared online.
CLBC 2nd Teleconference – Recap of Key Developments
On April 2nd, Community Living BC hosted their second public conference call with the Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Deputy Minister David Galbraith, Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, and Community Living CEO Ross Chilton for the latest updates on services and supports.
One highlight from the teleconference was the announcement that the provincial government is temporarily adding $300 to the monthly amount people on income and disability assistance receive to help them during the COVID-19 crisis. The benefit will come with the next round of cheques on April 22, with no application required. There will also be a temporary payment in the amount of a bus pass, for those who are registered.
CLBC will be releasing an audio transcript shortly, please click here for more information and visit their resource page for individuals and families, which is updated weekly,
Family Support Institute (FSI) – Staying Connected and Supported
The Family Support Institute of BC strengthens, connects and builds communities and resources with families of people with disabilities in BC. To connect with others during this uncertain time, please join the online video chat room, or read helpful COVID-19 resources by visiting: www.familysupportbc.com/covid
Prefer a call? Phone: 604-540-8374 or Toll Free: 1-800-441-5403
Your COVID Care Kit – Managing Grief and Practicing Self-Care
This week’s COVID Care Kit is all about managing difficult emotions. Whether you’re feeling grief, anxiety, stress or other discomfort, making time for your mental health can help. In this issue, you’ll find mindfulness activities, advice from an expert on managing grief, and a free online program to help you handle stress and anxiety from COVID-19. Click here.
Online or by phone, co make do connects us to the wider world!
Every week, co make do will offer up a range of experiences to connect neurodiverse folks with self, community, and the wider world. These experiences will take place online, using YouTube, Facebook Live, Zoom and over the phone, for those without Internet access. They will also offer tech support for those new to digital platforms. All experiences are designed to be doable and safe. Click here to explore their website and learn more about their offerings!
Leading with Heart
Check out these wonderful acts of kindness amongst our team members, persons served, and our greater community. If you have any stories of resilience, beauty and joy, please share them with us.
The front window at Aegis in New West!
We’re grateful for community partners like Parallel 49 Brewing Company and Downtown Kia’s Community Support team, who delivered this COVID-19 care package! This hand sanitizer headed to the homes of some of the folks we support who are especially vulnerable at this time.
We wish good health for you, your families, and your communities.
Fernando Coelho, CEO