Cooper House becomes home

The big move happened yesterday. Four residents and TJ moved from Foundation House to our brand new third stage recovery house, Cooper House. With help from parents, staff and FH residents, the new Cooper House residents enjoyed pizza and unpacking, while helping TJ adj...

Evan, the actor

It is never the same day twice at Umbrella, and today was no different. Evan took a break from helping clients to play the part of a hospital patient in a video being created to honour Dr. Ramm Herring at an upcoming award ceremony. This work can be difficult, challengi...

Let there be cake

At our last staff meeting of every month, we celebrate birthdays, milestones and our team. All of us at Umbrella love a lot of things, with cake on top of the list! Happy birthday to Bronwyn and Angela - cake made by Sharlene, decorated by Robyn.

ASIST Workshop

This past weekend Amy and Conor got to attend the ASIST workshop at the Foundry. ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day skills-building workshop that prepares caregivers and community members of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventi...

Selfie!

This weekend, Dr. Gabor Mate is in Victoria running his compassionate inquiry workshop. Umbrella was able to send Robyn and Louise to take part in this incredible weekend, and they got a great selfie with Gabor!

New Sessions of Ready To Rent

The Umbrella Society is pleased to invite community members to register for the next Ready to Rent program. The course will be held over two days on Monday June 11th and Monday June 18th from 9am-3pm with lunch and snacks provided. Participants will learn about; T...

Cooper House!

Umbrella is thrilled to announce the opening of a third stage supportive recovery house for men on June 1. Cooper House will be home to four men who have resided at Foundation House, completed Ready to Rent training, and are ready for more independence. There are many d...

Living Wage Employer

The Umbrella Society is proud to be a Living Wage Employer and this beautiful certificate on the wall is a regular reminder that investing in our staff will never be a bad idea. This certificate was made from a wind fallen tree and carefully preserved to make sure that i...

Congratulations to the Foundry!

An exciting morning celebrating the official opening of the Foundry in Victoria. The Honorable Judy Darcy, Minister for Mental Health and Addiction and the Honorable Carole James, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier, were both on hand to share their appreciation for th...

Bronwyn’s Day

Yesterday was Administrative Professionals Day, although Umbrella refers to it as Bronwyn's Day. Our team took advantage of this day to celebrate Bronwyn with a cake, card and a fun afternoon of learning. We couldn't do the work we do without Bronwyn, she is the backbon...