Ongoing COVID-19 UPDATE for Big Sisters

[2020/06/16] – COVID-19 UPDATE

Exciting News! In Person Match Meet Ups are Back! 

In line with the BC Government’s Phase 2 plan, we are allowing in person meet ups as of June 15th, 2020 within certain guidelines.  Please view the below material on safety measures for meeting with your Little.  You MUST connect with your caseworker before any meet ups to ensure you have all the information you need. The safety of our matches is our top priority.  In person meet ups are not required at this stage and we suggest you connect with your Little and their family to discuss if you are both comfortable with in person meet ups.  Please adhere to social distancing practices during all meet ups and follow the below guidelines.

1.  Wash your hands often, do not share food/utensils
2.  No overnight or in home meet ups 
3.  Recommended to not travel together in the same car or on public transit 
4.  Avoid crowded spaces and physical contact
5.  Wearing non-medical face masks is recommended when social distancing can’t be observed 
 

Currently Not Allowed  Maybe Allowed (Based on match decision) Allowed

Face to face meeting with mentors indoor and around large groups

Spending time at each other’s home

Sharing food

Overnight visits

Using public transport together 

Face to face meeting with proper social distancing measure

Wear masks when social distancing measures cannot be maintained

 

Choosing not to have face to face meetings yet

Virtual activities

Phone calls

Text

Virtual meetings through Zoom and other platforms

 

Please Read:

In Person Meeting Recommendations

Volunteering During Covid-19

In Person Meet Up Ideas:

Walk/hike 
Park picnic 
Bike Ride
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Crafts outdoors
Nature Bingo
Sidewalk Chalk – hopscotch 
Jump rope

[2020/06/01] – COVID-19 UPDATE

With life slowly returning to normal, make sure you are looking after yourself and staying safe! 
In person match meetups remain suspended until the end of June! We will have another update for you mid-June. Until then, keep your eyes out for an update!

[2020/04/28] – COVID-19 UPDATE

*IMPORTANT* Big Sisters is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation in consult with our National Office.  As per their directive, we are still not allowing in person match meetings until the end of May. We know you are eager to get back to seeing your Little and we will let you know as soon as it is safe to do so and the restriction is lifted. We appreciate your support of our youth during this challenging time and your commitment to your mentoring role in their lives.

[2020/03/20] – COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Big Sisters,
 
Things seem to be changing every day with the COVID-19 outbreak and we want to ensure the safety of all of our matches! Effective immediately we are instructing matches to cease any in person outings. 

We know this will be difficult and many Littles need their Bigs more than ever in the wake of information overload and worries about their health and the health of those close to them. Because of that we are urging our matches to keep connected during this time! Whether that means texting, calling, skyping or using another video based chat app now is the perfect time to stay in touch! 

Unfortunately, those with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have a coronavirus infection because symptoms are similar to a cold or flu, and they may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. The Public Health Agency of Canada says that symptoms have included: high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs.
 
For up to date information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Government of Canada  websites.
 
Please connect with your Littles’ family to see how they are feeling about the outbreak and associated risks and let them know about the Agency’s most recent stance on the outbreak.

Caseworkers will also be reaching out to their matches to ensure everyone is informed. If you have questions please contact your caseworker and stay safe over the weekend!

Jessie Martin 

Big Sister Program Manager