Isolation Support Group

With the new short term measure in place, we need more ways to get and stay connected to support. For that reason, Umbrella will be offering a Social Isolation Group from April 6-23rd. This group will take place Monday – Friday from 9am-11:30amon zoom.

Facilitated by Justin Bennett, this group has an open format to make it as accessible as possible. Community members are welcome to pop in to ask a quick question or stay logged in for the whole session to share and connect. Justin has a wide range of knowledge that he is excited to share with participants and is looking forward to helping people create a sense of community and connection during this time of heightened isolation.

Click here for more information.

Behavioural Addiction Group

Umbrella’s Behavioural Addiction Group is here to support people with various addictions beyond substance use.

Beginning on Thursday February 4th at 7pm, these weekly meetings will be a mixture of education, peer support and practical coping strategies.
Umbrella is excited to offer this new group facilitated by two skilled Umbrella staff, Emmett and Zack.

Click here for more information.

Umbrella Rainbow Group

Umbrella is pleased to offer a new recovery support group for individuals that are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

We know that addiction affects people who identify as LGBTQ2S+ at a higher rate, and Umbrella understands the importance of a safe space to offer support and connection. Starting December 8, our facilitators Braelynne and Theo bring their knowledge, passion and lived experience to this weekly group.

For more information, click here.

Umbrella AIR

   

AIR (anxiety in recovery) is a support group for those struggling with anxiety in early recovery. Every meeting will be a mixture of both education and open discussion and we will be working through modules with subjects ranging from the physiology of anxiety disorders to practical solutions for managing emotions and physical sensations.

Suffering from an anxiety disorder and being in early recovery can be a very lonely place. Jake and Luke have both been there and are keen to inform participants that there is hope and that they are not alone in their struggles.

Umbrella AIR takes place on Mondays from noon – 1pm via ZOOM.

For more information and access to the group please click here.

SMART Recovery Meetings

Since August 2019, Umbrella has been hosting a weekly SMART Recovery meeting at office located at #8-415 Dunedin Street.

This drop in group is facilitated by Conor, Miles and Stefanie and runs from 12noon to 1:30pm.

Our office is on a bus route and there is lots of free street parking on both Garbally and Dunedin. Be prepared to be greeted by Lyca sometimes, as she likes to join in all fun things recovery related.

The coffee will be on!

Umbrella’s SMART Recovery meeting will be offered online for the duration of the Covid19 health Emergency. For more information on how to access this SMART meeting please click here.

All Things Gratitude

Please join us for a weekly exploration and expression of all things Gratitude, hosted by Dottie.

The practice of Gratitude has incredible positive impacts to our life and existence.

Gratitude releases us from toxic emotions, changes the direction of our lives through steering us away from negative feelings and thoughts, expands the positive energy to everything we do and those we interact with, and has lasting impacts on our mental health and brain function.

This weekly online groups takes place on Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm via zoom.

For more information and access to the group, please click here.

The Umbrella Experience

Umbrella is pleased to offer a check in group for anyone wanting connection and conversation.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, we will be offering this experience via ZOOM and participants will need to supply their own coffee!

An Umbrella team member will be available each Friday from 1-2pm.

ZOOM Meeting details here or call/text our office 250-380-0595.

We look forward to connecting with you.

Comfortably UN-Numb – Learning to Live without Substances

Umbrella is excited to announce a new, four-week recovery group called “Comfortably UN-Numb; Learning to Live without Substances” starting in September 2020. This group is ideal for those who have chosen to live their life without substances, and need some help managing the “what’s next” in their recovery journey. This group will delve into important topics such as communications, finances, relationships, forgiveness and much more, weekdays from 9-11:30am.

More information here or call/text our office at 250-380-0595.

West Shore Group

The West Shore Group (WSG) runs Friday’s in Langford.
This psycho-educational group is a collaboration with Island Health and is co-facilitated by Justin Bennett, and with Betty, a counsellor from AOT through Island Health.

This is a 6-week group with weekly intake, that is only accessible by referral.

Please contact Island Health for more information.

Connections

Connections is a drop-in group for individuals, and their loved ones, needing immediate support with substance use issues. This group is a partnership with Island Health and was created to provide support to those on wait lists, offer advice or resource information, and help those who aren’t sure what to do next.

This low-barrier group requires no intake or registration.

In Victoria just drop in on Friday between 2:30-3:30 at 1119 Pembroke, where Louise will be there to help.

Connections is not available during the Covid19 health crisis.