Additional COVID-19 Support Services are coming to Lake Country.
Updated: Sep 11
In partnership with the Canadian Government, United Way-Central Okanagan and New Horizons, LCHPS is excited to launch additional COVID-19 support services this fall for seniors and other vulnerable groups in Lake Country. Volunteers will be a critical part of the success of these new community services.
After reviewing COVID-19 services by LCHPS staff, three significant gaps were identified in their efforts supporting vulnerable Lake Country residents through the pandemic. In June, grants through the Canadian Government, Emergency Community Support Funds, United Way Central Okanagan and New Horizons Canada were applied for and obtained to meet the gaps. With this funding, LCHPS staff, with the support of local businesses and churches, have developed and prepared to launch three new COVID-19 response services this fall.
Three significant gaps were identified by LCHPS staff in their efforts to support vulnerable Lake Country residents through the pandemic.
New Horizons Canada provided funding to purchase 30 android tablets that staff intend to loan out to local seniors. "Keep Connected" will connect program participants virtually thru group games and activities, guest speakers and conversations thru Zoom. Remote training and support are available to set up and teach each participant how to use social platforms like Facebook, Zoom, and even email.
"Although nothing can replace person-to-person contact, this program will provide a way for local seniors to gather virtually and connect with others outside their home," said LCHPS program coordinator Kali Smith. "Program plans are moving ahead quite quickly. Jamie Wattie, the manager at Staples in Kelowna, was a huge help to us," continued Smith. "When we told her about the program, she quickly made calls and connections to help keep our costs down and arrange help to set up the devices."
The LCHPS' Caremongering' program - launched in March, will also see a boost. The additional funds received through the Canadian Government and United Way Central Okanagan provide vital extra staff hours necessary to meet the increased demands for recruiting, training and connecting volunteers to support vulnerable residents impacted by COVID19 restrictions. Volunteers will help keep seniors connected with their community by maintaining social relationships through weekly phone calls and or virtual visits and can help out with driving to appointments or delivering groceries.
And as well, LCHPS and program partners Lake Country Alliance and the Wooden Nickel are working together to bring a meal delivery program to assist self-isolating community members. Once a week locally prepared meals can now be delivered to your door!
Willing community volunteers are one void LCHPS staff is looking to fill. "Over summer, it's usually a bit harder to capture the attention of potential volunteers," said Tiffany Cudney, Resource Centre Coordinator. "But these critical programs will only be successful if we can find local people who are willing to commit and help out."
Interested in learning more about these programs, registration information, or find out how you can help out? Here are three ways to connect with LCHPS staff.
Call: 778 215 5247