Celebrating the Holidays During COVID-19: Wellness Tips
As we say goodbye to the last of the Halloween candies and bring out the warmer Winter-wear, we may be starting to think about the Holiday season and what that might look like this year...

While the Holiday season is a time of frosty scenery, festive decor, gratitude and spending time with loved ones, it can also be a time of increased stress and anxiety. Add a pandemic to the mix and we are faced with even more uncertainty. Here are some tips to support our wellbeing and make this Holiday period, or any time during the pandemic, more manageable:
Wellness Tools
Wellness tools help to manage our mental health and stress so that we can better cope with everyday tasks and situations. Wellness tools are personal to what we enjoy and what helps our overall wellbeing. This can include regular sleep and exercise, a healthy diet, personal tools such as a hot shower, a warm bath with fragrant soap, a favourite bowl of delicious soup or a mug of tea.
The Holiday season is a time to celebrate and engage in various wholesome activities. While we strive to make the most of the festivities, staying within budget to avoid financial stress is important. Consider activities such as making your own decorations and presents, sharing virtual messages of gratitude and taking walks to look at Holiday decorations.
Reach Out
Equally important are social tools and connections such as speaking to loved ones on a regular basis and/or asking for help. Connecting with family, friends or neighbours can help us to feel less isolated. Attending community programs and religious or cultural events, even through digital connections like Zoom, can allow us to see friendly faces and feel community bonds and common purpose.

Regularly checking-in with others through telephone or video conference can help us to share our feelings and stay connected.
The Holiday period can be difficult, but support is always available. Judgement-free support for women experiencing intimate partner violence and abuse is available 24/7. Call our Crisis Line & Information Line at 250-385-6611.
Violence is Preventable (VIP) Video Series
Over the last few months, our Children Who Witness Abuse/PEACE team and community education coordinator have been working together to create a five-part VIP video series.

Three of the five videos will feature Q & A sessions that will show PEACE counsellors replying to questions submitted by student actors. The videos will target middle-school and high-school students. The two remaining videos, intended for youth and young adults, will bring awareness to the cycle of abuse.
Click here to watch a short video about the why these videos are being produced. Keep an eye out for our VIP video series on our website and social media pages!
This project was made possible with the support and contributions of Roll.Focus Production and Ms. Martin and student actors from Lambrick Park Secondary School. The VIP Program is funded by the Viveka Foundation Fund; Pilot Fund for Gender Equality, a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada; Silver Gummy Foundation; BC Society of Transition Houses and Newman’s Own Foundation as well as individual donors.
Healing Through the Arts: Ceramics for Older Women
Self-portrait created by a participant in the Healing through the Arts Program.
Join a small group of older women for a free, eight-week art group through our Older Women's Outreach Program.

Winter Group participants will focus on self-expression and inner reflection through ceramics. For more information and to register for a group, call 250-385-2103.
VWTH thanks the CRD Arts Commission and individual donors for support of this program.
Note: All VWTH programs and services are offered in a safe, indoor or outdoor space with ample fresh air and ventilation and with protocols regarding on-site physical distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing procedures. Participants in group programs receive personal materials and supplies.
Community Support
Our sincere thanks to the many folks who have come forward with their donations to support VWTH this fall. We wish to thank the generosity of the Eldon and Anne Foote Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation; A & S Murphy Family Fund; Community Recovery Program at the Victoria Foundation from the Elizabeth Russ Fund; Boxcarsix Artist Collective and the Estate of Walter Charles Cownden, among many others.
Victim and Survivors of Crime Week banner.
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

November 2228 is national Victims and Survivors of Crime Week and VWTH is launching a community awareness campaign.

The “Celebrating Courage, Renewing Commitment—Domestic Violence & Abuse Awareness Project” will raise community awareness of the supports and services available to support victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse—women, older women and children who witness abuse.

Watch for our daily articles in the Victoria Times Colonist exploring topics on violence and abuse, emergency shelter, counselling and resource supports as well as inspirational stories and quotes by courageous survivors. Thanks to the Department of Justice Canada and the Times Colonist for support of this project.  
Singing Bowl Granola Logo.
Healthy Vegan Treats Fundraiser

Singing Bowl Granola, in collaboration with Sweetly Raw Desserts, have created several healthy vegan treats that are being sold online and locally. On a six-month rotating basis with other women's organizations, Singing Bowl Granola will generously donate 10% of their profit sales from their peanut butter crunch bars and vegan caramel crunchers to VWTH. Visit www.singingbowlgranola.com to learn more!
Christmas Hamper Program
Holiday gift bags.
Every year, generous community donors are paired with women and children who have accessed services through VWTH to create personalized Christmas Hampers. These gifts bring great joy to our clients who have been in our programs this past year. Despite COVID-19, we are determined to ensure that women and children who have escaped intimate partner violence and abuse can participate in this uplifting Holiday program.

This year, individual, family and corporate donors donor will be matched and provided with a gift card wish list from a woman/mother so that she can purchase Holiday groceries, gifts for her children and special gifts and treats for herself and her family.
We invite community members to join the program and become donors. For more information, please email our program coordinator at [email protected] or visit our
website, www.transitionhouse.net, click on Support Us and Christmas Hamper Program. We thank all generous donors for their heartwarming contributions.
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Victoria Women’s Transition House Society collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence and abuse of women and children through supportive shelter, housing, counselling and other community-based services.

Victoria Women's Transition House Society is a registered charity. 
Our charitable registration number is: 10817 3501 RR0001.
Territory Acknowledgment
It is with much respect to the Lkwungen and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of the WSÁNEĆ, Esquimalt, and Songhees Nations, on whose traditional territories the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society is located, that we make this acknowledgment with the expressed shared hope to live in communities free of intimate partner violence.