Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Block Watch programs across the province have a long history of creating safer neighbourhoods and streets.
The Block Watch program is about neighbours helping neighbours.
As with preventing crime, Block Watch groups can take a leadership role in their communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In communities throughout the province, there are vulnerable individuals, seniors, people with compromised immune systems, housebound individuals, and people who are scared. While being mindful of social distancing, there are a number of things Block Watch participants can do to support their more vulnerable neighbours:
- Check on individuals in their neighbourhoods or buildings who may not have access to their usual support resources during this time
- Offer to pick up groceries or medication if you will be out yourself
- Model social-distancing and encourage neighbours to follow the orders of public health officials to stay at home. This is not the time to be socializing in person with friends or family.
- Stay connected via social media – create an online group for your neighbourhood for those who wish to join
- Leave notes for vulnerable neighbours of how they can connect with you if they are not computer/tech users
Together, we can flatten the curve and alter the course of this epidemic.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
To assist communities in staying current with the latest COVID-19 information, the Block Watch Society of BC has compiled the following links to resources to assist individuals in staying informed and safe during these challenging times.
General COVID-19 Information
BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19
COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
Public Health Agency Canada COVID-19
Vulnerable populations and COVID-19
Government of Canada – COVID-19 Benefits and Services – information about benefits and services Canadians can apply for
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre COVID-19 Fraud Bulletin – visit https://bit.ly/2wmKWH9 for regular updates to this information
World Health Organization
Anxiety Canada – Tools and resources
Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division
Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 mental well-being – Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak – World Health Organization
For Children and Youth
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – BC Children’s Hospital
Kids Help Phone
How to Talk to Children about COVID-19 – Unicef
Open School BC – Resources based on BC K-12 curriculum
Scholastic Learn at Home – Day to day projects to keep kids learning K-9
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
Teachers Share their Favorite Free Learning Websites & Apps for Kids – HuffPost article