Welcome to the Campbell River Beacon Club
Lighting the way to wellness…
There is no doubt that the Beacon Club, found on Campbell River’s island highway by the ocean, is indeed a beacon to its members.
There are two spacious rooms; the room one first enters with large windows lighting a lounge area with a carpet, coffee tables and a couch, behind the lounge area are tables and chairs on a practical and attractive wooden floor.
Pre-Covid 19, this was where members ate the hearty meals prepared in the adjoining room kitchen where staff members, often with help from members, whip up hot meals every day. After eating, members could then hang out, read a variety of magazines, ‘Mindful’, ‘Popular Science’ ‘Visions’, visit with friends, play pool or participate in various activities.
The walls are decorated with paintings, both donated by community organizations and painted by Club members. Today because of the Covid pandemic, the chairs are stacked on top of the tables and only 6 members are allowed per day.
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The Beacon Club is a local non-profit organization which has been supporting people with mental health issues for almost 25 years.
Its primary funder is the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Mental Health Services. The space next door to the Beacon Club is now vacant providing an ideal opportunity for expansion to the Club.
The present two-roomed building usually hums with the conversation and live music-playing of up to 30 members; it’s a crowded scene. Another space the same size would give everyone a bit more breathing room and accommodate more members.
There is a great need for spaces like the Beacon Club where people who are often vulnerable and ill-equipped to deal with too many people, or too much noise or stress, can safely be.
All the members have been diagnosed with mental illness and recommended to The Club by their support worker in Mental Health.
CR BEACON CLUB AND THE CORONOVIRUS
With the constantly evolving status of Covid – 19, and our concern for the safety of members and staff, the Beacon Club will be closed as of Monday, March 16th, 2020 until further notice.
We recognize that the Club House is an anchor for members, that the coronavirus is causing anxiety for many and closing the Club will potentially make the anxiety worse. To protect the health of those that have underlying health issues we must take this step.
To support members during this time, we are taking the following steps:
Barb, Fran and Althea will be doing phone check-ins with members regularly
A video and phone conference call-in system will be set up in the next day or two; a time will be set up each day for members to link in with their laptop or phone in and talk to each other at the same time – we can have everyone on the same call! We will email or call you with the details on this in the next couple of days
Barb, Fran and Althea will be at work during their regular hours, but we will not be bringing members into the club. If you feel the need support and to talk us in person, please call us
What you can do to stay healthy is:
Wash your hands constantly, cut your fingernails – long fingernails are traps for germs
Get out and get some exercise – fresh air is good for your mental and physical health
Keep 6 feet away from others
Know that we love all of you and want you to stay healthy so we can see your smiling faces in a few days!