Forward House Special Projects and Programs

‘Forward House Fridays’ in Qualicum Beach

Things are going well at our Qualicum Commons location (744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach). Our Outreach Worker, Doreen 'Coco' Littlejohn and her team of volunteers have been visiting businesses, churches, and other service agencies to ensure we meet the needs of the community in Qualicum Beach. Our pilot project takes place 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.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the special November workshop series ‘Beat the Blues’. Stay tuned for more workshops in the new year!

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, Christian Fellowship Centre, St. Stephen’s United Church, and several community members for their support of this outreach initiative. We hope to be able to expand this project to two days per week starting in April 2019.

Questions? Email us at outreach1@forwardhouse.com


Oceanside Outreach Program

Forward House and Island Crisis Care Society have received $75,000 from the Community Action Initiative to implement the Oceanside Outreach Program from November 2018 to August 2019. Through this initiative, we will provide two non-clinical Outreach Workers, several Peer Support Workers, community education around mental health and addiction, and harm reduction supports. We are so thankful to be able to offer responsive and preventative action at a time when mental health and addiction issues are so prevalent in our province.

Our Outreach Workers, Kevin and Christine, are out and about in the community seven days a week to help individuals connect with services and resources, and, with the help of several Peer Support Workers, will provide support and encouragement as needed.

In February or March, our team will also embark upon a speaking tour which will provide important information and answer questions our community have around mental health and addiction. We hope to be able to visit all parts of the Oceanside region.

Our team will also be working closely with the Oceanside Harm Reduction Committee and the Housing Outreach Support Team (HOST) to support local harm reduction strategies and access to supportive housing.

To connect with our Outreach Workers, please leave a message at 250-947-5096; they will return your call within 24 hours.

Our Outreach Planning Committee consists of local physicians, nurses, clinical Mental Health Workers, local service providers, and people with lived experience. We are committed to creating a comprehensive network of service providers where barriers to service are minimized. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to make a difference in our community.

A very big thanks to the Community Action Initiative, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre for their financial support, which has made this project possible.


‘Looking Forward to Giving Back’ Employment Program

Forward House and the Career Centre are partnering to ensure that our clients experiencing mental health challenges have easy access to job search and job maintenance supports in Oceanside. Thanks to an Island Health Community Wellness Grant, we are implementing the ‘Looking Forward to Giving Back’ program from June 2018 to March 2019.

A Career Centre Job Developer visits Forward House for three hours per week, in three ten-week sessions, to deliver group workshops and one-to-one sessions with clients. Between visits, one of our Client Support Workers provides individualized support to help clients achieve their goals and follow up on action items. Participant outcomes of this project include increased self-esteem and self-confidence, enhanced job search and job maintenance skills, increased personal awareness, greater connection to the Career Centre, and employment and volunteer opportunities in our community.

For more information, contact Myra at 250-954-0785.


‘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.’