To sign up for any of our programs, free of charge, please call our office at (250) 598-9339.
ACE (Awareness ~ Choices ~ Education)
This program is as an educational support group for people who have an acquired brain injury and who are also experiencing difficulties related to substance use. The group aims to motivate, educate, support, examine issues/ strategies, and to increase self-awareness, social stabilization and social interaction with others.
Runs: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to Noon.
This program is generously funded by the Island Health's Brain Injury Program and individual donations.
Acquired Brain Injury 101
This 4-week program is designed to be an informative introduction to brain anatomy and brain injury. In this course we discuss brain function and brain injury, with a focus on causes, effects and recovery.
Runs: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Case Management for Individuals and Families
Brain injuries are like fingerprints - each one is unique. We understand brain injury and our case managers can work with individuals to navigate their new reality in a way that best suits their personal needs. Case management provides an advocate who facilitates access to housing, employment and financial services, and works on any anxieties and cognitive challenges one may have in relation to accessing those services.
An acquired brain injury can change a person’s abilities and the way that person relates to those around them. This often leaves family and friends with the difficult task of exploring their new roles and redefining their relationships. We provide support for family members and friends of brain injury survivors.
This program provides brain injury survivors with support, training and volunteering opportunities that help them build the skills required to be emotionally, economically and socially self-supporting. Through volunteer experience, survivors gradually rebuild life skills, organizational capacity, communication skills and social interaction techniques. The program gives survivors the opportunity to step into their community as trained volunteers with a strong support system behind them.
This program is generously funded by the United Way of Greater Victoria.
Coping Strategies Program
This 24 week program is an informative, in-depth course for people with acquired brain injury and looks at strategies of daily living and dealing with the effects of brain injury. It is designed to foster independence through a variety of different strategies. The second half of the program focuses on helping brain injury survivors deal with the stress and anxiety that occurs as they navigate and utilize local services, such as banks and grocery stores. Participants go out into the community, work on their anxieties and build networks of support that will allow them to become more independent and self-reliant. It promotes healthy, activity-based community integration.
Runs: Thursdays, mornings and Fridays, mornings.
This program is generously funded by Brain Injury Alliance. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia.
This program focuses on 'art as therapy'. This holistic approach to recovery offers survivors a chance to use the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being. We believe that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps survivors work through challenges, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight.
Runs: Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This program is generously funded by Opus Art Supplies
Join the friends and family of brain injury survivors to discuss different issues as they relate to brain injury and share advice. Please see the schedule on http://vbis.ca/family-support-services
Join brain injury survivors and supporters for a drop-in session playing board and card games. Keep your brain active and have some fun.
Runs: Thursdays, 1p.m. to 3p.m.
Mindfulness and Meditation
VBIS works with amazing volunteers to provide a wonderful mindfulness program. Come and practice your mindfulness skills with volunteers Marie-Lou and Paul of the Mindfulness Community of Victoria each Wednesday from 1pm-2.30pm. The group provides a safe place to relax and practice your mindfulness. It's a space, a pause, where new, helpful and comforting possibilities may emerge.
Space is limited for so register with VBIS reception 250 598 9339.
Would you like to join a light-hearted group that loves to sing, play guitar and make music? This group may be for you! Music therapy is the skillful use of musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain and restore mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
This program is generously funded by Music Heals, Hamber Foundation and Canada 150!
A Peer Supporter is available Monday through Thursday in our community room. This volunteer, who has experienced an acquired brain injury themselves, is trained to support new members, facilitate group conversations, answer questions about brain injury and refer survivors to useful community resources. They pass on useful coping techniques and share their experiences with other survivors and their families. Please drop in!
Runs: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please note that Monday 10-12.30 is a women only drop-in and a men's only drop-in.
This program is generously funded by the The Allen and Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation
Walk & Run Program
Do you have a brain injury and have wanted to start walking or running but haven’t had the motivation? This walking and running group is for you! This program helps brain injury survivors relieve stress and tension, build their confidence and self-esteem and it also gives them focus and determination in other areas of their life. It can also help improve brain function, as well as overall health and coordination.
Remember, “success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”
Runs: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Yoga is a great way to relieve stress, build strength and increase flexibility for participants of all shapes, sizes and strengths. VBIS holds yoga classes for brain injury survivors and their families on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm. Classes are led by Helena Mitchell. Helena is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga for over ten years. Her approach is open, playful and lighthearted. She invites participants to explore each pose in their own body from a fundamental, universal and safe place. No experience is necessary, Helena will customize the session to meet your needs. Yoga mats are provided. Please RSVP at VBIS reception 250 598 9339.
Runs: Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Youth Supporting Youth Program
This program addresses the concerns and challenges faced by young people with brain injury. Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for people aged 18 to 25. This is a time of life when the foundations are laid for future successes. The skills one learns at this age will serve a person the rest of their life and for many learning these skills is made more difficult by a brain injury. The topics covered during this program include schooling & employment, friends & family, dating, health & fitness, drugs & alcohol, emotions & violence, life skills & self esteem and sports & recreation.
Runs: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.