The Seniors’ Resource Centre (SRC) is the go-to centre for seniors information in Metchosin. We connect people with information, resources, and referral services, be it recreation, housing options, home help, navigating the health care system, caregiver support groups, legal resources, transportation, social support, emergency preparedness, and more.
Staff and volunteers offer:
- medical drives (Better at Home Program)
- drives for groceries (Better at Home Program)
- friendly visits (Better at Home Program)
- resource information
- tech support
Our goal is to keep Metchosin age-friendly for our seniors and their families.
The SRC is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11-3pm.
Staff respond to drop-in, telephone and online requests for information and assistance from seniors and their families.
Come in to meet with our coordinator, browse our resource information, and find out more about programs, services and events. We have computers for you to use to get online, free Wi-Fi, and helpful volunteers.
Better at Home Program-Metchosin
Help is close to home. The Better at Home program assists older adults to continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities, by providing simple, non-medical home support services. This is a United Way program funded by the Government of British Columbia.
Volunteers, staff, and our board of directors provide:
- Friendly one-on-one visits in person, by phone, email or video
- Social events such as Wellness Wednesdays and Friday Socials, annual flu clinic, etc.
- Drives to medical appointments such as doctor, eye, dental & pharmacy
- Drives to shop for groceries
Transportation services are based on volunteer availability and are by donation. Suggested donations are:
- $10 within Metchosin
- $20 Colwood-Langford-Sooke
- $30 View Royal, Saanich, Victoria
Contact our office about becoming a Better at Home client, which requires filling out a short intake form and a home visit. There is no fee to join.
- Learn more about the United Way Better at Home program in BC https://betterathome.ca
- Frequently Asked Questions https://betterathome.ca/frequently-asked-questions/
The SRC offers programs, events and projects on matters relating to seniors, such as:
- social and cultural gatherings
- health, wellness and outreach programs
- education & information sessions
- local and general interest speakers
- intergenerational projects
See the calendar of events for what’s coming up.
The Centre assists seniors and their families to find the services they need for the day-to-day tasks that help older adults continue to live independently and remain connected to their communities. The Centre coordinator helps you determine which services will suit you best and connects you with businesses, community services and government agencies. Contact us if you need information on:
- Adult day programs
- Financial Assistance
- Health Services
- Home Help
- Legal Resources
- Medical Equipment and Supplies
- Safety and Security
- Support Groups and Organizations
- Veterans Services
We offer technical assistance for basic questions about home computers, laptops, tablets (Apple, MS Windows) and mobile phones (Android, Apple). Our IT volunteer, Ken Black, offers one-on-one assistance here at the SRC or at your home.
Contact the centre to book an appointment. Suggested donation is $20/hour at the SRC; $30 for home visits.
Typical types of support include:
- Navigate around in PCs, tablets, laptops and mobile phones
- Download, open and close applications
- Keep devices current with software updates
- Internet browsing and streaming
- Email (or webmail) usage i.e. sign in, receive, reply, attachments, folders
- Online calendars
- Create, save and print documents
- Files organization, backup and storage, including photos, music, documents
- Network connection
- Security risks like malware, file security and online security
- Adjust settings
- Online banking and government services
- Password management
We can also point you in the right direction for more complex technical issues by recommending service providers, technicians, training and online resources. Don’t have a personal computer but want to use one occasionally? There is a computer and laptop for use at the SRC. We also have free Wi-Fi.