Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS is only able to offer essential services. We are fundraising to begin to restart other priority programs, including Child, Youth and Family programs. Current programs include: Meals on Wheels, Emergency Assistance & Advocacy, Seniors Advocacy, Counselling Referral, Seniors Grocery Shopping and Friendly Phone Visiting (through Oceanside Better at Home and BC211), Homeless Prevention Program,  Income Tax program, and Recreation Assistance for Children and Youth. 

SOS Thrift Shop is open as of June 15, 2020 with limited hours and new procedures to keep you safe. Please visit the Thrift Shop page for more information.

The SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Qualicum Commons location remains closed. If possible, please call before coming to the Parksville Centre. 

Volunteer activities are suspended with the exception of a few areas, and we are not able to recruit, screen or take on new volunteers at this time. For more information or for assistance, call 250-248-2093.

Monetary donations are critical at this time to keep our services available. If you are able, please consider donating. We wish you good health and hope to reconnect again soon.

Seniors Connecting

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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