“Coming together like this, to share resources and ideas, broadens horizons and connects people outside of paid services,” says Nicole Baker (pictured second from left), co-chair of the CLBC South Island Community Council, about the value of bringing families and self advocates together through local community mapping workshops.
Click here to read the full story and learn how people across B.C. are discovering new places in their communities to belong and connect
Next Steps to Employment–a part of Our Place Society–is offering a women’s support group every Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30am. They will cover a wide variety of topics and it will be an opportunity for everyone to realize they aren’t alone. The workshop is open to women and anyone that identifies as female. They are located at 1627 Quadra Street.
Self-advocates from across the South Island are invited to learn new skills and network at Victoria’s triennial “My Community Conference”, a Self-Advocate Conference being held Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at the Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas St, Victoria. For more information click here!
Read the latest news from CLBC!
Increased Crisis Supplement for People Receiving Income and Provincial Disability Assistance
Dear Community Partner,
Effective December 1, 2018, the province of BC has introduced several positive changes to Crisis Supplements for people in receipt of Income Assistance, the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit, and the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) benefit. The changes are as follows:
- The maximum monthly supplement available per person for food has increased from $20 to $40; and
- There is no longer an annual maximum cap on the amount of Crisis Supplements an individual is eligible to receive. The maximum monthly Crisis Supplement for food and shelter and the maximum annual Crisis Supplement for clothing remains in place.
To qualify, a family in receipt of Income Assistance, PWD or PPMB must demonstrate:
- It is needed to meet an unexpected expense or obtain an item unexpectedly needed;
- There are no resources available to meet the expense; and
- Failure to meet the expense would result in imminent danger to the physical health of a person in the family or the removal of a child under the Child, Family and Community Service Act.
Crisis Supplements are not available to cover the costs of any healthcare goods or services.
Disability Alliance BC acknowledges that these improvements to the Crisis Supplement were much needed and represent a positive step forward. However, we remain concerned that the monthly and annual limits for Crisis Supplements for food, shelter, and clothing remain too low considering the rising costs of living across the province. Robust supports during crises for people living in poverty are a critical component of any effective poverty reduction strategy. As such, we strongly encourage government to take additional measures to protect the safety and well-being of vulnerable people in BC.
Click here to view the CLV Family Support Newsletter
As you may know, over the past several years we have entered a large group of staff, individuals and volunteers in the GoodLife fitness Marathon to raise money for Lifetime Networks.
Year after year, this has proven to be a great fundraiser for Lifetime Networks and a great example of inclusion!
You can participate in the 8km, half marathon, full marathon, or if you are a Parent or Grandparent you can enter children in the 1km kids run too!
I encourage you to enter to run\walk and be a part of our team.
We also need volunteers so if you would rather hang out at the finish line or cheer stations we can use you!
Please contact volunteer@Lnv.ca if you wish to volunteer.
When you register to run it will walk you through setting up an on-line fundraising page. Please remember to sign up to be a part of the Lifetime Networks Urban Runners Team.
If you want further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Carlene@Lnv.ca or 250-477-4112.
Let’s get our biggest team ever out on the course!
Here is the link to register https://www.runvictoriamarathon.com/registration/
AND remember read to the bottom before you do!
In addition to registering with the Marathon, please complete this Registration form and email it back to me, so we know to include you in our team emails!
All those who register before Friday, September 28th will also be entered to win a $25.00 gift card the Yates street Tapas!