The BC government is expanding its 211 hotline in an effort to pair volunteers with isolated seniors during the Coronavirus pandemic. The line can now be called from anywhere in BC and will be staffed by live operators. The 211 operators will match volunteers with seniors who need help picking up medication, groceries or performing other tasks. You can call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.bc211.ca if you are a senior in need, or would like to volunteer with a senior in your community to check in on them or help pick-up groceries/prescriptions. The helpline takes calls 7 days/week to help keep seniors safe.
Jewish Family Services Community Care Hotline
Jewish Family Services has recently launched the JFS Community Care Hotline as an emergency response resource. It is now available from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week and staffed by JFS to provide emergency essential services.
Please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control for steps for prevention and report any concerns of illness to the provincial hotline 811. Your local health authority will take the lead in providing immediate response to any health and safety incidents.
posAbilities Family/Stakeholder Updates
01 COVID-19 Stakeholder Update – March 11
02 COVID-19 Family Update – March 16
03 COVID-19 Family Update – March 20
Individuals with Disabilities
COVID-19 Information by and for People with Disabilities
Inclusion BC’s COVID-19 Response Risks
As governments and communities struggle to respond to BC’s rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, Inclusion BC warns of growing concerns that people with intellectual disabilities are being left behind, along with the families and community agencies who support them. Read their press release from March 19, 2020.
My Plan for Being Safe
Plain Language Guide from People First
Resources to Access Help and Challenge Social Isolation
Individuals with Autism
ACT’s Resources for the Autism Community
Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
Federal Government Support – Information, Resources and Funding
Provincial Support – Information, Resources and Funding
Families with Children
The #COVIBOOK is a helpful resource for families explaining #COVID19 to kids. You can print the PDF, read it together, and invite kids to colour the pages. It’s available in 17 languages.
Resources for being cooped up at home.
Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied
From baking to sewing lessons to science experiments, tips for keeping kids occupied at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Burnaby Board of Trade Resources
The Burnaby Board of Trade has curated useful resources below to assist local businesses with accessing relevant information from the appropriate authorities and finding helpful tools to prepare for and mitigate potential business challenges.
For Businesses and Employees
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