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Adult & Seniors Programs

Adult & Seniors Programs

SOS offers programs throughout the year, to enrich the lives of adults and seniors in the community, manage life’s challenges, or access services in time of need.

"I would like to thank you for the wonderful variety of trips that we go on, and interesting speakers at our meetings. As a newcomer to Parksville and a recent widow, attending the Seniors Connecting events and outings has made a significant change in my wellbeing and knowledge of this community."

Income Tax Returns

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Need help filing your tax return?

Income Tax Returns

The SOS Income Tax  program provides assistance with the preparation of basic income tax returns for low-income individuals and families. The program works in conjunction with the Revenue Canada Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. This ensures that volunteers participate in on-line training sessions.

In 2021, taxes are being done over the phone due to the pandemic, from March 1 to April 30. For residents who can't do them over the phone, please call us and we will do our best to accomodate you. The Income Tax program is also available year-round by appointment.

Filing your taxes improves access to government benefits (e.g. Universal Childcare Tax Benefit, GST and Guaranteed Income Supplement) support services and tax credits. 

Annual income criteria to qualify (total family income is under):

  • 1 person: $35,000 
  • 2 people: $45,000
  • 3 people: $47,500
  • 4 people: $50,000

Home or care facility visits are available to those with mobility issues.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

To make an Income Tax appointment, please call 250-248-2093

For more information call the phone number above or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meals on Wheels

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Nutritious meals delivered to your door

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program supports health and independence by delivering
hot, nutritious meals to your door.

Meals are prepared at Arrowsmith Lodge and delivered at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Examples of who can access Meals on Wheels:
• Caregivers enjoy a much needed break
• House-bound clients enjoy contact with volunteer drivers
• Residents who are unable to cook for themselves
• Residents who are concerned about their nutrition
• Residents recovering from surgery
• Postnatal women

Cost is $7.50 per meal.

*(Department of Veteran Affairs subsidy may be available)

Click here to view a current Meals on Wheels brochure.

Click here to view Meals on Wheels Sample Menus (updated Winter 2020-2021)

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 225.

The program is run out of the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville, at 245 West Hirst Ave.

For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Homeless Prevention Program

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Homeless Prevention Program

The Homeless Prevention Program is focused on ending as well as preventing homelessness in School District 69. It began in January 2015 as a partnership between SOS and BC Housing.The Homelessness Coordinator works with clients three days a week to address things like health concerns, employment and life skills. The program provides rental subsidies to qualifying clients to assist them in managing their housing costs.

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 234.

The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.

For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emergency Assistance and Advocacy Program

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Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance and Advocacy Program

SOS provides support for local residents, if they face an unexpected hardship or financial emergency. SOS also advocates for clients to reconcile financial obstacles and provides guidance to promote self-sufficiency. Examples of types of assistance:

  • Food – grocery store food vouchers
  • Medical expenses – limited support with prescription medications
  • Clothing, basic household items and furniture – Thrift Shop vouchers

Assistance may also include referral to other community groups or agencies.

Please call to make an appointment so we can discuss your emergency and how we can help.

250-248-2093 ext. 241. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Counselling

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Need someone to talk to?

Counselling

In today’s fast-paced and stressful world, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the challenges of everyday life. When we are having trouble coping, our family, friendships and work are all affected.

Counselling is an effective way to work through these challenges and develop strategies to help you cope, and create greater happiness in your life.

SOS assists in providing referrals for counselling to low income individuals, couples and families. These are short-term, solution-focused sessions led by local, contracted, professional counsellors. 

Challenges may include:
• Situational anxiety, depression or stress
• Marital or parenting difficulties
• Issues where 1 - 5 solution-focused sessions may be appropriate

Fee is determined on an individual basis.

This program is partially funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

SOS also offers Personal Growth Groups. Enhance your quality of life and develop trust, support and confidence.
Click here to learn more about Women's Personal Growth
Click here to learn more about Men's Personal Growth

To register for the Counselling Referral program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 225.

The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.

For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parksville Qualicum Haven House

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Parksville Qualicum Haven House

Parksville-Qualicum Haven House (PQHH) provides a safe environment for women and their children fleeing abuse, who reside in Parksville, Qualicum, Nanoose, Errington, Coombs, Whiskey Creek, Qualicum Bay and Bowser. It was created collaboratively by the Haven Society and Society of Organized Services. The home provides shelter for up to 3 women and 5 children at any one time. Women who need assistance can access services through Haven Society's 24-hour toll-free Crisis Line  1-888-756-0616 and speak directly with a Women's Support Worker.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Seniors' Advocacy Services

Seniors' Advocacy Services

This program assists local seniors (60+) in accessing supports. We provide information and referrals to services offered at SOS and throughout the district. Individual needs are determined through a private and confidential meeting. We will discuss your personal situation and any concerns you may have. Together, we will work toward a solution.

To access this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 239.

The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville and at 744 Primrose St. Qualicum Beach (Qualicum Commons), by appointment.

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STAR program

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Supporting Tenancy through Action and Resources

STAR program

This interactive and educational program sets residents up to be successful renters. The classes are interactive and fun and require participants to be present and ready to learn. Some of the topics covered include living with others, budgeting and rights and responsibilities. The program is offered twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. 

The Fall 2018 sessions will take place:

Monday, March 5-9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville.
(245 West Hirst Ave.)

There are prizes and a certificate will be issued upon completion of the program (participants must attend all classes to receive the certificate.) Must be 16 years or older to attend.

To register call 250-248-2093 ext. 241. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

On Hold: Women's Personal Growth

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Women growing together

On Hold: Women's Personal Growth

Enhance your quality of life, develop your potential, gain insight and practise self-care. If you dream of a better future, this is the place to begin. Our Women's Personal Growth Program includes formal and informal activities for developing and supporting self-discovery and personal growth in all areas of your life.

In this 12-week group you will learn to:

  • reclaim your wisdom and strength;
  • understand relationship dynamics;
  • explore healthy and unhealthy boundaries;
  • define personal rights and responsibilities;
  • improve communication and conflict resolution skills;
  • develop effective coping and relaxation strategies.

The Program runs in the Spring and Fall at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville, at 245 West Hirst Ave. The cost is $5 per person per session. The rest of the costs are subsidized by SOS.

Pre-register for the program by calling 250-248-2093 ext. 225.

For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caring for Community at Christmas

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One Community Sharing Christmas

Caring for Community at Christmas

The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas Program ensures local children and youth experience the magic of Christmas, and that adults and seniors also experience joy and dignity over the holidays.

With your help, we can make sure that local children and youth are filled with excitement when they wake up on Christmas morning and see a special gift waiting for them under the tree. SOS collects new toys to fill the Toy Shop, where low income parents, grandparents and caregivers can shop for free. With your help, families, adults and seniors receive local grocery store gift cards so they can choose their own food items to enjoy over the holidays. Together we’re ensuring they have a good meal to share. Together, we’re helping create magic.

To make a financial donation to the program, please click here. Please read the Donation section below for more ways to donate.

During the 2019 Christmas campaign, SOS assisted 1,342 adults and seniors, and 1,404 children and youth received gifts.

The SOS Toy Shop is often short on gifts for teens. Please click here for a list of ideas for teens and pre-teens.

Angel Trees

The Angel Tree program helps stock the SOS Toy Shop. Visit a local participating business in November and early December and you’ll discover an SOS Angel Tree. The gifts listed on these Angels have been identified as “that one special gift” that a child or youth is hoping for. Purchase the gift listed on one of the Angel ornaments (or as close to it as possible), attach the Angel to your unwrapped gift and return it to the business location or to the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville to ensure it is included in the gift distribution. Please click here for a list of participating Angel Tree Businesses in 2020.

To Donate

Financial donations

Thank you for bringing joy to local residents this Christmas! Click on this link to make a donation with your credit card.

Alternatively, call 250-248-2093 during office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 am -4:30 pm, closed for lunch from 12 pm -1 pm), or come by the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville during those hours, located at 245 West Hirst Avenue in Parksville. In order to ensure everyone's safety, the number of people who enter the building will be limited. For your convenience, tax receipts for financial donations can be mailed, or we can issue the receipt at the time of donation drop-off (please wear a mask and do not enter the building if you are sick).

To drop off financial or toy/gift donations at our Qualicum Beach location (744 Primrose St. at Qualicum Commons) please call 250-752-2040 ext. 1 to ensure someone is there to let you in and receive your donation. Thank you!

Toy and Gift donations

Due to the pandemic, SOS has also had to adjust the way we receive gift donations. Please make donations of new, unwrapped gifts at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 11:30 am at the Christmas Tent located outside, on the McMillan Street side of the building. 

Thank you for your understanding of our modified procedures and drop-off times.  We welcome gifts outside these scheduled times when necessary; however, we hope to limit contacts to keep everyone safe.

Registration

Registration for the SOS Christmas Program is by appointment only in 2020 due to the pandemic. Beginning on November 9, people can call for an appointment, which begin November 12. Low income families and individuals can call 250-248-2093 to make an appointment. 

Please remember to bring:

  • Photo ID for each adult (19 yrs+)
  • Proof of residency
  • Care Cards for minor children
  • Proof of income from previous month,
    such as a bank statement or government-issued document

(Click here for examples of acceptable Photo ID)

Grocery Store Gift Cards will be distributed by appointment in December at the SOS Community Services Centres in Parksville and in Qualicum Beach.  Toy distribution will take place in December at our Parksville location.

Volunteer and Support

We have a full cohort of volunteers for the 2020 Christmas season. Please check back with us in 2021 for future volunteer opportunities. Residents can still assist the program in other ways, such as making a financial or gift donation, or hosting your own fundraiser with the proceeds coming to SOS. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 251 for more information.

Community Events benefitting the program
  • Nov. 2 - 24: Tigh-Na-Mara Breakfast. Visit Cedars Restaurant Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 11 am, bring in a new, unwrapped toy, gift card, or cash donation and receive a Traditional Breakfast at no cost. Or, patrons can purchase a Traditional Breakfast during this period and Tigh-Na-Mara will donate $10 from every breakfast to SOS. Call 250-248-2333 for reservations.
  • Nov. 25: Toy Drive “Drive Through”: From 7 am to 10:30 am, come by the Big Tent in the Tigh-Na-Mara parking lot, and drop off a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or cash donation, and receive a coffee and pastry to go.
  • CANCELLED in 2020 due to the pandemic. Nov. 22, 2020, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Equestrian Christmas Toy Ride. The Silver Spur Riding Club Hosts this event annually. Riders and their horses don Christmas attire and make their way from Ballenas Secondary School to Stanford Place and SOS Community Services Centre (at around 1:55 pm), collecting gifts along the way.
  • Nov. 15 - Dec. 5: Red Apple Toy Drive. Purchase a gift for SOS, leave it in the box, and you will be entered to win a basket of goodies. Fill the Sleigh Day: Dec. 5. Fill the Sleigh with toys and gifts for teens and pre-teenagers.
  • TBA: Community Food and Toy Fill Up at Save On Foods. Organized by On Line Electric Co. Ltd. and Robyn Gervais-Royal Lepage. Drop off new toys, gifts, monetary donations and non-perishable food. Hot chocolate and cookies by donation. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The Lounge 99.9 FM will be live on location. Benefitting SOS and the Salvation Army.
 

Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 for more information about this program.

On Hold: Men's Personal Growth

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Men growing together!

On Hold: Men's Personal Growth

Develop trust, support and friendship while gaining new skills and confidence. Outcomes include: a better connection with yourself and others, a better understanding of identity, the ability to find greater freedom within your life, and increased awareness of relationships with family, friends and the community.

This program provides men with an alternative opportunity to relate together, rather than work, sports, clubs etc. The group can help to expand the nature of adult male relationships by structuring a safe, caring, challenging and likely unfamiliar setting that develops trust, support and friendship among participants.

The program runs in the Fall at the SOS Community Services Centres in either Parksville, 245 West Hirst Ave., or in Qualicum Beach, 744 Primrose St.

The cost is $5 per person per session. The rest of the costs are subsidized by SOS.
Pre-register for the program by calling 250-248-2093 ext. 225.

For more infomation email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

On Hold: Seniors Connecting

On Hold: Seniors Connecting

A friendly, comfortable place to catch up with friends, brainstorm and problem-solve about common concerns. (Formerly called Seniors Are Talking).

Topics include:

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Seniors’ benefits
  • Services
  • Resources

Parksville:
The group meets on Wednesdays at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, and participants enjoy guest speakers and monthly excursions. Transportation and refreshments are provided. Click here to view a flyer with more information.

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 224.

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Qualicum Beach:
The group meets three times a month on Tuesdays from 11 am - 1 pm beginning April 2, 2019 at Qualicum Commons. Participants enjoy social interaction, presentations and a light lunch. Transportation is available. Please call for a schedule. Click here to view a flyer with more information.

To register for this program, please call 250-752-2040 ext. 3

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On Hold: Medical Appointment Transportation Service

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We'll get you there

On Hold: Medical Appointment Transportation Service

SOS volunteer drivers offer safe and courteous transportation for community residents to and from medical appointments, within District 69.

Our drivers will:

  • pick you up at your residence;
  • take you to your appointment;
  • return you back to your residence.

Please call our Coordinator to register. Once registered, please provide 2 full business days notice for your ride.

For Nanaimo specialist appointments please call Wheels for Wellness Society first 

at 1-250-338-0196.

More details about the program:

• Medical appointments may include family doctor, dentist and physio therapy.
• The program is available from Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
and is subject to volunteer driver availability.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 222.

The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.

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Oceanside Better at Home

We're Giving Seniors a Hand

Oceanside Better at Home

 

Seniors are an important and integral part of the Oceanside community. To ensure you continue to play an active role in the community, you may require support to live independently in your own home.

Oceanside Better at Home provides a range of non-medical support services to local residents, aged 65+. The program is administered by SOS in partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland and funded by the Government of British Columbia. SOS Volunteers assist with:

  • Friendly visiting
  • Transportation to non-medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping

In addition, Oceanside Better at Home provides services on a sliding fee schedule such as:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Yard work

Oceanside Better at Home helps seniors age with dignity, and prevents social isolation.

For more information on Better at Home programs run throughout the province, visit www.betterathome.ca.

To register for this program, please call 250-752-2040 ext. 4

The program takes place at 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach.

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