What a fantastic community we live in. Truly heartfelt thanks to the community of Peachland. PWC has worked on the PWC Connects: Tablet Drive since May 5, 2020 a global day of unity designated as #GivingTuesdayNow, by the GivingTuesday global organization. PWC started receiving tablets immediately and to date we have received a total of 13 tablets. Included were two new tablets from the Telus Connected for Good Program, which came with sim cards, making them usable when the internet is not available.
Our goal with this campaign was to ensure people had access to technology that would allow them to remain virtually connected to friends, loved ones and PWC programs during this period of social distancing. These donated tablets will do this for 13 people that are not currently connected. Participants are primarily seniors, and it is gratifying that this campaign successfully completes during national seniors’ week, June 1 to 7, 2020. Seniors week would be a time when we would celebrate those in our community who are over the age of 65 with an event that would gather seniors together. The impact of COVID-19 has stopped all these types of celebrations; however, we at PWC have found a new way to celebrate with seniors using these tablets.
Staff have been making calls to PWC participants and clients and have the list of those able to access the internet but who do not have the equipment. The tablets are being cleaned, updated to factory settings, and prepared for use. Using the PWC safe drop-off or PWC drivers these tablets will be delivered to identified, qualifying individuals. People do not have to be currently associated with PWC to qualify. A call to the office will allow us to assess your need and provide you with one of the tablets should you qualify.
PWC will continue accepting tablets and lending them to those who qualify. If you do not have any tablets you could donate, no worries; your support can also be monetary as PWC is also accepting financial donations to support this program. These donations are doing things such as purchasing replacement power cords, carry and storage cases, phone connection costs needed to set-up tablets, and increased internet strength to allow use of the tablets in the PWC gardens. To make a monetary donation you can go to the PWC donation page at CanadaHelps.org or Peachland Chamber, arrange for E-Transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call PWC and make arrangements to drop off your cheque or cash with one of our staff members. PWC has a safe drop-off site.
With the COVID-19 mandate for physical distancing, along with the impact this new virus has on older adults, seniors in our community feel especially isolated and alone. With the calls that staff have been making some trends have been emerging that indicate the value of finding ways to connect or stay connected. Knowing the value of connection, it is recognised that they will feel greater connection when they are able to see others through online Zoom visits using this new program.
PWC provides people, the majority being seniors, the opportunity to participate in social events, such as Coffee groups. With these tablets we are able to continue some programs using Zoom including Monday Morning Coffee, Men’s Cards and Sunshine Singers. Other groups or programs wanting to connect can contact the office and discuss options. Thanks to these tablets more individuals will now be connected.
Given the recent changes announced by the BC Government, and the minimal reopening options in place, PWC will continue to offer programs online for the foreseeable future with minimal outdoor meetups. People will not be coming inside the building very often throughout the summer. This process will be revisited with the possibility of increased interaction in the Fall.
For more information on the new Tablet Program or other opportunities simply call the Peachland Wellness Centre at (250) 767-0141.
Thank you for supporting us so that we can support people in Peachland.