Forward House provides adults living with mental health challenges with the support and tools they need to enjoy full and independent lives. We are a compassionate, inclusive community in mid-Vancouver Island.


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'2017 Not-For-Profit of the Year'
Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce


Forward House Fridays in Qualicum Beach

We are happy to announce that Forward House now has a satellite location at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach). Our Outreach Worker, Doreen 'Coco' Littlejohn and her team of volunteers will be visiting businesses, churches, and other service agencies to ensure we meet the needs of the community in Qualicum Beach. Our pilot project will run every Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in room 8 of Qualicum Commons. We enjoy sharing the office with the Division of Family Practice.

A special thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach, School District 69, the United Way, and Parks West Business Products for their support of this outreach initiative. If this pilot project is successful, we will consider expanding our hours in the future.

Questions? Email us at outreach1@forwardhouse.com.


Moving Forward with Accessibility Project

Phase Two is done! We have a brand new, fully accessible  bathroom.Thanks to the Regional District of Nanaimo for their support through a Grant-in-Aid, and to all four local Rotary clubs for their generous support. For more information and pictures of the first two phases of this project, click here.

We are currently raising funds for Phase Three, which will involve creating a fully accessible front yard and entrance way, and will also create more usable, quiet spaces for our constantly expanding Forward House family.


Forward House Annual Report

We held the Forward House Annual General Meeting on June 21st, 2018. It was an excellent review of the past year's events and programs, and an opportunity to look ahead to the coming year and what's in store for Forward House.To view our Annual Report, click here. A printable version can be found here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Thursday September 13th, 5:30-7:00 pm - Dessert Night - Come to Forward House for a chat about mental health, a tour of the house, and some special treats. Bring friends - the more the merrier!

Tuesday September 25th, 5:30 pm - 15th Annual Dragonfly Dinner - Join us for a great night celebrating our generous community and our amazing clients. Tickets will go on sale in August.


Support for Caregivers 

Although Forward House closes officially at 5:00 on Thursdays, we are open for caregivers from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday nights.

Join our Families Forward Support Group for great discussions and lots of support and resources. Drop-ins welcome!


Volunteer Opportunities  

At Forward House there are so many ways to give back. Our volunteers provide a range of supports including preparation of home-style meals, art instruction, transportation, Board engagement, and much more! With just a few hours a week, you can provide life-changing opportunities to people who need your support. 

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Mental Health and Substance Use Resources

For Mental Health Resources, click here

For Substance Use Resources, click here.


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A Special Acknowledgement...

Forward House has been a proud recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for our Healthy Eating Meal Program from 2015 to 2018. 

Approximately 75% of Forward House funding comes from the Vancouver Island Health Authority. We rely on the generous support of the community to cover our remaining needs. Join our family of supporters today and your gift will offer compassion and promote mental wellness.