Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
Family Caregivers’ Network Society

The purpose of the Family Caregivers’ Network Society (FCNS) is to inform, support and educate on issues of concern to family caregivers of adults in the Capital Regional District.

  • The Network is the first of its kind in North America.
  • Established in 1989 as a charitable, non-profit organization, it is governed by a Board of Trustees - 60 per cent of whom must have family caregiving experience.
  • Voluntary annual membership fee of $20.00 for individuals, $30 for non- profits and churches and $50 for corporate memberships.
  • The Network receives core funding from the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

The program is geared to reducing the stress of the family caregiver by providing emotional support, information, and education to assist with their role and ensuring efficient access to supports and services that are available in the community.

Supports and services offered by the Family Caregivers’ Network Society include:

Caregiver support groups

The Network's community-based support groups work on the self- help, mutual aid model and are facilitated by a trained volunteer who is, or has been, a caregiver as well. The groups generally meet once per month and are run on a drop-in basis.

Educational Workshops for Family Caregivers

The Network is well-known in Greater Victoria for its education for family caregivers. Workshop topics range from managing anger and guilt, to legal considerations in caregiving, to learning about local supports and services, to understanding the various types and stages of grief one can experience in caring for a loved one, and visiting after facility placement, to name a few.  Requests for workshop topics come through our support groups, as well as from individuals who are referred to our office. These referrals often give us an idea of the kinds of issues caregivers are struggling with.

Referral and information

The Network provides up-to-date information to caregivers and service professionals on accessing community and health care services and supports in the region. We provide assistance in navigating the complex health care system. Our aim is to minimize the stress of the family caregiver by providing appropriate and direct referral to meet their needs.

A bi-monthly newsletter, “Network News”

Our newsletter is very well-known not only locally, but nationally as well. Content comes from caregivers, and health care and other professionals, and is an effective networking vehicle for caregivers in the region.

Resource lending library

The Network provides a comprehensive resource library on caregiving and related issues. The handouts, books, videos and DVD’s are widely used by the support groups, individual caregivers, social work and nursing students, and health care professionals. Books, videos and DVD’s are loaned out only in our service area (the Capital Regional District).