Saanich Volunteer Services Society

Programs and Services

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April 5 2018 - Saanich Volunteers Services Society volunteers.

Virtual Income Tax Clinics*

SVSS does income tax returns year round for eligible clients having a simple tax return. To ensure the health and safety of both clients and volunteers, SVSS is providing virtual income tax clinics by phone or video conference. Call 250 595-8008 if you need your income tax return completed.

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.

Friendship Calls

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

*Supporting Seniors: Virtual Clinics is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Victoria Foundation

Food Hamper Pick-Up & Delivery

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

Prepared Meal Delivery

Volunteer drivers deliver prepared meals to eligible clients weekly.

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Grocery Shopping & Delivery

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

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.

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 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.

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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 Shopping Bus

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.

Other Services

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