Saanich Volunteer Services Society

Programs and Services

Supported Transportation

Volunteers provide drives to medical and other appointments in the Greater Victoria area. We can accommodate walkers. Clients who use wheel chairs must be able to transfer independently.

Companion Visiting

Our companion volunteers visit clients in their homes to chat and reminisce about mutual topics, play card or board games, participate in an activity like a short walk in the neighbourhood, or enjoy a cup of tea.

Grocery Hamper Delivery

Volunteer drivers pick up and deliver client grocery hampers weekly.

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April 5 2018 - Saanich Volunteers Services Society volunteers.

Income Tax Returns

We offer completion and filing of simple income tax returns during March and April for clients who are eligible according to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Check the CRA website for eligibility requirements.

House Repair

Minor Home Repair

Replacing out-of-reach light bulbs, putting up or taking down curtain rods, fixing a leaky tap or stuck door/drawer, are just an example of some of the jobs our Saanich Volunteers do to help clients. We accept minor, small repairs and refer clients if a professional is required.

Companion Phone Calls

Our volunteers provide telephone calls to chat with clients about past and current events, family, hobbies, or other subjects of mutual interest.

Light Yard Work

Pulling weeds, doing minor pruning, or tidying up the yard are all ways Saanich Volunteers help their neighbours. Clients provide the gardening tools when possible.

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Social Support Programs

On The Go Again is a weekly social program offering guest presenters or entertainers, healthy refreshments and lots of socializing for clients.
The Macular Degeneration Support Group meets monthly and offers visually impaired clients an opportunity to enjoy guest presentations, refreshments and socializing.

Grocery Bus Shopping

The weekly grocery bus outings offer an opportunity to go shopping with a dedicated bus and bus driver to pick up and drop off clients directly at home, together with volunteer assistance on the bus and at the shopping centre. An added bonus is the group social, complete with refreshments, before heading home and receiving help bringing in your groceries.

Better At Home

The Better At Home Program supports adults over 65 years with non-medical needs such as light housekeeping and volunteer services.


Community Information & Referral

SVSS staff can provide information or refer people to other community services, including how to apply for the Better At Home light housekeeping program and handyDART services.


Our volunteers can provide “one off” services that are not personal care or housework. These include sorting, mending, or computer assistance.