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Services & Programs

SVSS has provided one-to-one, direct volunteer services to Saanich residents for over 25 years. If you would like to access any of these services, please contact us by calling (250) 595-8008

COVID-19 Update:

SVSS is following all mandated protocols and doing our best to keep our community safe. As such, our services will continue to be adjusted to fit safety requirements

Volunteer Services

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Medical Appointment Drives

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.

COVID-19 Update: Our volunteer drivers are taking every precaution to ensure your safety

 
 
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Income Tax Filing

SVSS does income tax returns year-round for eligible clients having a simple tax return.

 

Covid-19 Update: To ensure the health and safety of both clients and volunteers, SVSS is providing virtual income tax clinics by phone or video conference.

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Friendship Calls

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

 

COVID-19 Update: Our previous companion visiting services are not being offered at this time, but we can connect clients with contactless friendly phone calls instead

 
Grocery Shopping & Delivery

Volunteers will do grocery shopping for clients and deliver to their home.

COVID-19 Update: Our volunteer drivers are taking every precaution to ensure your safety

 
Prepared Meal Delivery

Volunteer drivers deliver prepared meals to eligible clients weekly.

COVID-19 Update: Our volunteer drivers are taking every precaution to ensure your safety

Food Bank Hamper & Delivery

Volunteer drivers pick up food hampers from local food banks and the Shelbourne Community Kitchen and deliver to clients weekly.

COVID-19 Update: Our volunteer drivers are taking every precaution to ensure your safety

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.

COVID-19 Update: Our volunteers are currently only able to provide support for exterior and contactless services

Garden & 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.

COVID-19 Update: Our volunteers are currently only able to provide support for exterior and contactless services

Community Programs

 
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Grocery Shopping Bus

COVID-19 Update: The Shopping Bus program is currently suspended. The bus has been outfitted to meet social distancing  requirements for when restrictions lighten and it is safe travel in small groups again.

 

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

In partnership with United Way Victoria, SVSS helps clients access support through Better At Home, a program that provides adults over 65 years with non-medical needs such as light housekeeping and other volunteer services.

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On The Go Again

COVID-19 Update: On The Go Again is currently suspended until it is safe to host in-person events again

 

On The Go Again is a weekly social program offering guest presenters or entertainers, healthy refreshments and lots of socializing for clients.

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Macular Degeneration Support Group

COVID-19 Update: The Macular Degeneration Support Group is currently suspended until it is safe to host in-person events again

 

The Macular Degeneration Support Group meets monthly and offers visually impaired clients an opportunity to enjoy guest presentations, refreshments and socializing.

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.

Other Events

COVID-19 Update: Participation in community events has been suspended until government protocols are lifted and it is safe to attend larger gatherings

 

Saanich Volunteer Services believes in the importance of community and participates in local events where we can connect with community partners, and people who may need our services or wish to join our team.