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Better at Home West Shore invites seniors to a learning session: Refresh your driving skills for today's traffic

Sheila Fiorin of Roadmasters Safety Group will cover a wide range of skills:

  • Road markings-White/Yellow line and signage
  • Driving with two feet
  • School Zone changes
  • Shoulder Checks
  • Right of Way Situations-what is a right of way?
  • Improper Left turn-Wheel position making a left turn
  • Slower reaction time and decision making
  • Picking up passengers with consideration to mobile devices
  • Vehicle Care
  • Navigating new Bike Lanes
  • Calming circles
  • New Routes

Join us at the Pacific Centre for...

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An 8-week group for girls attending middle school who are experiencing challenges to their quality of life.

The group will provide opportunities to receive social and emotional support while participating in creative activities.

Two intern facilitators will lead a themed and planned group each week, complete with art activities, grounding exercises, and discussion opportunities.

Girls will be supported to share their questions, hesitations, concerns, and successes within a safe and respectful environment.
 
When: 3:30 – 5:15 pm on Tuesdays, starting January 22nd until March 12th
Where...

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Pacific Centre Family Services will be at the Victoria Royals game on March 15th. We have DISCOUNT TICKETS for 75 lucky people to see the Victoria Royals take on the Everett Silvertips at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre. $16 tickets can be purchased at the Pacific Centre for Wellbeing at 324 Goldstream Avenue in Colwood, or give us a call at 250-478-8357. Don’t delay in purchasing your tickets – these will sell fast!

The ticket sales are an important piece of Pacific Centre’s annual fundraising. We give our thanks to the Victoria Royals for their support and partnership – and a huge thank...

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Youth as young as 11 and 12 years old are being recruited for criminal activities.

Kids who do not have strong family relationships or friendships are most vulnerable to crime and exploitation. They are often excluded from peer-to-peer social circles. They are operating alone in survival mode, and this is what makes them vulnerable.

Community supports can prevent at-risk youth from being pulled into a dangerous life of crime and exploitation.

It is so important to reach these youth before they become entrenched in circles of crime. The counsellors at Pacific Centre Family Services are trained...

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You’ve probably watched the construction of the Pacific Centre for Wellbeing at 324 Goldstream Ave since it began in 2016. We are thrilled to be coming up to one year in this new centre, which has doubled our space for child therapy rooms and affordable counselling, and created a welcoming and healing atmosphere for our community.

The next phase of development  is to bring Skookum Food + Coffee home to the Centre for Wellbeing! 

Skookum Skills is a free 12-week training program for youth (between the ages of 16-22) to build skills and enhance their confidence through a well-supported on-the-job...

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Do you know that mental health challenges and social exclusion are some people’s biggest barriers to accessing education and jobs?  Every year at Pacific Centre Family Services we support 955 youth and their families as they work hard to change their lives. Jon’s story shows how powerful our Skookum Skills on-the-job training program can be:

In grade 9, Jon walked his mother around Langford and showed her all the jobs he could get if he quit school now, because he thought there was no hope for him. His learning disability had discouraged him from reading and he refused to study. He felt like...

Get Driving or enjoy coffee!

Let’s create Your volunteer opportunity!

 

West Shore Better at Home is currently looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

Drivers 2+ hours per month, flexible week days.

Assist older adults to get to medical appointments, grocery shopping or coffee social.

Locations within the West Shore or from West Shore to Victoria and / or return.

Requirements

Ability to assist older adults in/out of vehicle, familiar with use and transport of light weight walker. Patience and respect for our older adults.

Clear driver’s abstract, 3 million liability insurance...

See the photos and read the full article in the Goldstream Gazette at:

http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/family-service-provider-expands-fo...

The Pacific Centre Family Services Association (PCFSA) is almost
ready to start helping residents in its new building on Goldstream
Avenue.

While physically located in Colwood, the impact from these
additional services will be felt across the West Shore and the region.
That was evident by the community representatives present at last
Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, which included Premier John Horgan,
Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon, MLA Mitzi Dean, local...

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Since 1968, Pacific Centre Family Services Association has been promoting dignity and quality of life for families and individuals across Greater Victoria, especially on the West Shore, through education, counselling and creative programming. We offer a wide range of vital services for people dealing with substance use, mental health issues, and day-to-day life challenges. Across 14 core programs, our services are improving the lives of an average of 1,700 youth-at-risk, adults, families and seniors each year.