New Support for Seniors Coming to Campbell River
United Way and the City of Campbell River have teamed up to co-fund a new initiative to support seniors – the Campbell River Seniors Network HUB.
The HUB will be the first of its kind in the region, acting as a drop-in space where seniors can receive support and information, specifically for navigating health and social services. The HUB will also help seniors by keeping them connected to the community.
The idea for the HUB was based on a series of community consultations held by the Campbell River Seniors Network, which includes United Way and the City of Campbell River. Local research showed that many seniors have a challenging and inconsistent experience accessing information on available services, programs and benefits. Creating a HUB was identified as an effective way to address the information needs of seniors, their families and caregivers.
Campbell River’s Vital Signs 2018 reported that more 21.1% of the local population is made-up of seniors aged 65-plus; a quarter of them live alone (25.6 %) and 12.5% live in poverty. 2018 Vital Signs – Campbell River
This initiative is made possible through United Way’s Community Development Grant Program and City of Campbell River’s Social Grant Program.
“United Way’s donors want to help Campbell River’s growing population of seniors and they want to fund innovative ways to solve community challenges. Together the City, United Way and the Seniors Network will ensure that seniors have a service not currently offered and we all learn more about those needs through the HUB,” says Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island.
The HUB is currently in the development stages; confirming the service model, location and securing additional funding for ongoing coordination.
UWCNVI Community Development Grant
Community Development Grants are offered by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) in response to emerging community needs. The grants encourage collaboration between community agencies to fill gaps in service which address complex social issues.
City of CR Social Grant fund
The City of Campbell River Social Grant Program was created in 2019 to foster and encourage local solutions to social challenges facing the community. Applications to access $100,000 in annual funding is eligible to not-for-profit organizations for seed funding for new initiatives, small capital purchases or project based activities. The Social Grant Program promotes responsive and supportive approaches to inspire positive change.
Campbell River Senior’s Network
The Network was created in June 2017 following a meeting of 40 local service providers who want to increase collaboration, coordination and inclusiveness in Campbell River’s social purpose sector assisting seniors. The Network holds in-person meetings for members to share information and discuss next steps. Currently more than 70 service providers and interested individuals in the community are on the Network’s email list for meeting notices, updates, and requests for input. A committee format is used to develop Network initiatives, with the first being the Seniors Information Hub Committee formed in May 2018.