• Family Resources

Family Resources and Services

Family Support Workers and local Counsellors offer support and access to resources for vulnerable families. We work with families on an individual basis to build success and promote strengths. The CRC works to ensure that all children across the SGIs have a healthy start in life.

In all our programs we offer a safe and welcoming environment to help support children in reaching their full potential. Our current partnerships are designed to promote positive child development, support school readiness skills, introduce families to resources and supports in their community, and provide individual support and advocacy for families.

A growing area, we currently offer :

  • Mediation (family communication)
  • Individual and family support.
  • Navigation and referral to community resources.
  • Mentoring and coaching.
  • Discretionary and time-limited emergency resources such as food and or transportation.

Please call the SGICRC at 250-629-3665  for referrals to Counsellors and further family assistance.

We are currently assessing the level of difficulties family are encountering during COVID include stress and isolation and abuse. We will be posting information and resources shortly in this area.

Additional Family Support Programs

Craft and Care Kits

Updated March 16 2021 – all kits have been claimed

To relieve some of the winter monotony, DIY Craft and Care kits are also available for seniors and children of low-income families. The kits, prepared and distributed by volunteers across all islands, will include paints and paper etc., craft supplies such a glue and fabric material or wool for knitting depending on the nature of the interest – they will also include child friendly puzzle books, reading books and games.

Contact:

Galiano: Carol  email

Mayne: Meaghan  email

Pender: Cathie  email

Saturna: Veronica  email

Family Counselling

Online supportive counselling has been added to this program as the increasing isolation has put additional pressure on families and individuals. Support groups for seniors and people with disabilities continues – properly distanced. We are experiencing an increase in abuse cases, isolation, and family issues. The concern continues for families as family settings deteriorate, youth have no extra curricular activities and studies online become more difficult.

A relatively new program, the Family Counselling Program promotes family and community capacity to protect and support children and youth and their families through access to supportive counselling, crisis intervention, mediation, outreach, and referral. The aim of the program is to build upon the family’s strengths and improve family relationships and family development. The service is based on ability to pay and is offered by professional Counsellors. A partnership with the Community health centre forms the core of this program.

Contact: Brook Parkin – Family Mediation 

Southern Gulf Islands Community Justice Program

The Community Justice Program strives to build safety and trust within the Island communities through the application of peacemaking, dispute resolution, and restorative justice practices. It uses restorative Justice as an alternative to the court system. On the southern Gulf islands referrals are made by the RCMP.

Each of the Southern Gulf islands is its own small society. Each depends on trust between residents. Offences committed in these island societies create immediate harm — a breakdown of trust. This harm affects the victim, the offender, and the community around them. The Restorative Justice process aims at undoing this harm. It offers a support for victims. It gives offenders an opportunity to atone. And it engages affected members of the community.

For more info visit our page or CONTACTJim Peacock, Program Coordinator – email

IWAV

Islanders Working Against Violence

In the meantime, should you have an emergency please contact IWAV (on Salt Spring):

Islanders Working Against Violence is a non-profit society providing services throughout the Southern Gulf Islands to women and their children affected by poverty, violence, and abuse. IWAV also provides affordable housing to individuals, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. In our anti-violence services and housing, IWAV welcomes all women, inclusive of trans women, gender non-conforming people and members of the LGBTQ+ community in all of our services.

Toll free: 1-877-435-7544

Phone: (250) 537-0735