Beacon Community Services open doors in Central Saanich

Beacon Community Services, in partnership with the District of Central Saanich, are pleased to open a satellite office in Brentwood Bay based out of the Community Resource Office located in the lobby of the library building at 1209 Clarke Road.

The office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is likely to expand in hours in the spring.

“We are looking forward to sharing information, resources and referrals for all Beacon programs as well as other services that support the community,” said Beacon’s Manager of Community Services Deb Greenaway.

The office’s volunteers will connect community members with resources to support them at all stages of life, ranging from childcare to mental wellness and housing resources to support services for older adults. The office will also be able to issue the disabled Parking Permits on behalf of the Victoria Disability Resource Centre, as well as chat about volunteer opportunities on the Saanich Peninsula.

“The impetus to open a physical office in Central Saanich came about from Central Saanich’s recent community outreach as we developed our Age-Friendly Community Plan,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor. “Older adults and caregivers told us there is an overwhelming amount of information out there about local services and they find it difficult to navigate—having a physical place to go where they could be assisted and connected to resources will be a big benefit. I really can’t emphasize how grateful we are for our partnership with Beacon, and I thank their staff and volunteers for making this a reality so quickly for the community.”

Beacon Community Services was formed in 1974 when a small group of volunteers formed the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to help address social issues in Saanich Peninsula communities. Today, Beacon serves Southern Vancouver Island and the outer Gulf Islands — and the Beacon team numbers around 300 staff and over 500 volunteers.

The public is welcome to stop by the office or email to learn more about local services.