Family Caregivers of British Columbia
Our Impact Why We Exist
Family Caregivers of British Columbia (FCBC) is a not-for-profit charity established in 1989 whose mission is to inform, support and educate on issues of concern to family caregivers.
The Family Caregivers of British Columbia, a resource center for family caregivers, located in Victoria BC, offers:
- local in-person services: 1-1 support, support groups, resource library, consultations, navigating the healthcare system, referral to community resources, community presentations and lunch and learn sessions
- BC-wide technology-based services including educational webinars and teleworkshops; 1-1 support through Skype, phone, email; digital newsletters and a content-rich website.
FCBC also promotes the significance of the family caregiver's role and contribution in the healthcare system through policy tables, committees, presentations, papers, community forums and more. FCBC leads the BC Caregiver Coalition and is supporting the development of a strong community of practice. They also participate in research and health system transformation initiatives.
FCBC believes in the power of strong, personal networks and upholds the values of respect, choice and self-determination in their approach to serving family caregivers.
Our Story What We Do
Family Caregivers of British Columbia has its roots in freestanding caregiver support groups formed in 1983. Over the years, the need to address caregiver burnout grew, along with the number of groups and facilitators who held them together in a loosely-formed network. FCBC was established as a charitable, non-profit organization in 1989. An office was opened and staff hired. Since its inception, with partial funding from what is now the Vancouver Island Health Authority, the Society has expanded to include an Education Program, a Caregiver Support Program, many products and resources and active participation in improving "the system" for future caregivers and their loved ones.
Our Programs How We Do It
We offer support networks, resources and educational opportunities for family caregivers. These include:
- Family caregiver support groups
- 1-1 Caregiver Support: via telephone, in-person, Skype, email and MSN chat
- Information and referral to community resources
- Assistance in navigating the healthcare system
- Educational workshops, webinars and teleworkshops
- Resource library of books, videos and handouts
- Quarterly newsletter, Caregiver Connection
- Caregiver Wellness Booklet
- Resource Guide for Family Caregivers, 2nd edition
- Lunch and Learn sessions for employees
- Family Caregivers' Network Video Series - 60 videos on YouTube
- Employed Family Caregiver Resources - for employees and employers
What You Can Do
With financial support, the Family Caregivers of British Columbia will be able to continue to offer support, education, information and resources to the increasing number of unpaid family caregivers of adults who are in poor health, elderly or disabled. It will help us build awareness of caregiver issues and provide solutions to help balance life, work and care. Ideally, we would like to influence policy and legislation while also addressing the direct service needs of families and friends who care.