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.

Special November Workshop Series, ‘Beat the Blues’, on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm:

Nov. 9th - Chair Yoga - Theresa Whitely, RYT

Nov. 16th - Healthy Eating - one pot meals, Buddha bowls

Nov. 23rd - Good Grief - coping with loss and loneliness

Nov. 30th - Laughter is the Best Medicine - coping with stress

A special thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach, School District 69, the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, Parks West Business Products, Qualicum Beach Pharmasave, St. Mark's Church, and Christian Fellowship Centre 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. Recent donations of a beautiful bench and a concrete pad have allowed us to launch the first steps of this phase. See the above link for more information and pictures of Phase Three.


15th Annual Dragonfly Dinner

We had such a wonderful celebration at the Quality Resort Bayside on September 25, 2018. Our award recipients were: Lori and Steve Bradley of Bradley’s Bistro, Dr. Samantha Saffy of Island Health, the four Parksville and Qualicum Beach Rotary Clubs, and Ron and Lorraine Stephenson (dedicated volunteers). A highlight of the evening was the Lifetime Volunteer Award presented to Dawn Smith, who volunteered at Forward House for fourteen years. Thanks to Galloping Gourmet Caterers for another wonderful meal, and thanks to all the guests who made our 15th Annual Dragonfly Dinner an overwhelming success.


Forward House Annual Report

To view our Annual Report, click here. A printable version can be found here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Wednesday November 7th, 5:00-6:30 pm - Youth Open House - Enjoy a tour of Forward House and great snacks while playing games and participating in other fun activities. Bring a friend! All youth ages 16-25 welcome!

Wednesday November 21st, 5:30-7:00 pm - Dessert Night - Enjoy some delicious treats as we share information on our programs and services. Bring a friend! All adults are welcome.

Friday December 21st, 4:00 pm - Christmas Dinner - Clients, friends and family are welcome to join us for a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Stay for a 'giving circle' after dinner - bring a small item that has meant something to you and give it away by putting it in the circle - then take a different item from the circle and cherish it for the next year. If you don't have an item, share something that you are thankful for. Dinner cost: $10 for guests.

Saturday April 6th, 5:30 pm - 3rd Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser - Join us for a great night of dinner and dancing at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall (644 Memorial Ave.)! We will be celebrating the 1st Anniversary of our Qualicum Commons space and raising money for our Forward House programs and services throughout Oceanside. Tickets will go on sale in March 2019.


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. We are actively looking for new volunteers - please help!

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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.