Creating meaningful engagement opportunities and keeping the people we support connected and healthy has been crucial throughout the pandemic.
Early on, we recognized the importance of helping the people we support who may have been experiencing social isolation and boredom. We quickly launched our virtual offerings that included fee-for-service options as well as daily free Facebook Live events.
While we were working to make our programs and services virtual (see Membership), we first launched our Facebook Live sessions. In total, we have organized 15 different Facebook Live sessions running every day of the week. These programs included classes like Zumba, yoga, chair yoga, healthy cooking classes, arts & crafts, sing-a-along, superhero visits, wildlife care, and more! Many of the people we support look forward to joining in on these sessions every week, staying connected with friends, new and old.Here is Sammy, a virtual camper, excited to have received her camp kit!
Shadow Lake Centre also began offering free Facebook Live sessions, at first daily and then moving to twice a week, as they shifted from an in-person camp to a virtual one. The Virtual Camp included a camp kit that was mailed to each participant at their home. These kits included activities and supplies needed to participate in the virtual camp, a camp T-shirt, and tuck-shop snacks. In total, 85 guests filled 259 virtual camp spots throughout the year.