Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends? Society (RCFC)


Our location: 210?7671 Alderbridge Way Richmond, BCOur officeRCFC staffRCFC staffRCFC staff

The Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends' Society (RCFC) is a self-governing peer run mental health organization. We provide peer support and a full calendar of interesting and diverse activities to all adult mental health consumers living in Richmond BC. The RCFC started in 1995 as a steering committee of Richmond mental health consumers. It evolved into the self-governing Richmond Consumer and Family Council (RCFC), then in 1999, it gained not-for-profit society status and was renamed the Richmond Mental Health Consumer & Friends' Society (RCFC). Today, RCFC is defined by its strong programs and the opportunities it provides for growth and development to staff, clients, society members, and program participants. Our motto is "Peers supporting Peers."

Monthly Calendars of Events

Therapeutic Recreation Calendar

Peer Support Social Group (PSSG) Calendar

Peer Support Program (PSP)

We provide one-to-one support and encouragement to Richmond-based mental health consumers who are recovering from a mental illness and who are receiving mental health services. This assistance empowers peers and helps them to achieve measurable goals, with the aim to foster greater independence. It may mean growing more confident with getting out and being active; or learning social skills and meeting other people; or it could mean accessing community activities that are available. The match between Peer Support Worker and peer ensures that goals are reached, usually within a six month period. Any information obtained through the peer support relationship is kept confidential. Services are provided in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. A referral is required.

For more information, contact Jennifer Campillo, Peer Support Coordinator at (604) 675-3977 extension 3 or email her at:  jennifer.campillo@vch.ca

Peer Support Social Group (PSSG)

The PSSG is peer support in a group setting with participants encouraged to work towards their goals and learn the principles of planning and leadership.  Participants can work on new skills, improve their health, build relationships, and engage in creative and educational endeavours. There is a Monday computer literacy class, a Wednesday social group, and a Friday group that teaches cooking skills in the winter and gardening skills in the summer. The PSSG is led by a Chinese speaking coordinator fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. A referral is required.

For more information, contact Icy Chan, Peer Support Social Group Coordinator at (604) 675-3977 extension 5 or email her at:  waiicy.chan@vch.ca

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Therapeutic Recreation Program

The Therapeutic Recreation Program promotes wellness with learning and social opportunities in a supportive recreational setting for people with mental health issues. Each month we produce a full calendar of recreational and social activities that occur both in-house at our office and in the community. A referral is required.

Therapeutic Recreation encourages and supports participants to:

  • Become active in the community.

  • Build a social network whereby healthy relationships are fostered.

  • Overcome barriers that hinder participation.

  • Learn and acquire skills, develop confidence and independence.

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle that enhances physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

  • Become a leader or teach skills to others.

For more information, contact Devan Morrison, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator at (604) 675-3977 extension 4 or email him at:  devan.morrison@vch.ca

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Peers Supporting Peers

The peer-run Richmond Mental Health Consumer & Friends Society (RCFC) believes that lived experience is fundamental in helping others living with mental health issues move towards health and wellness. Our peer support clients and recreation participants are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of their recovery. Our peers in the mental health community can become involved in many ways at the RCFC:

  • They can connect one-to-one with a peer to work towards their goals.

  • They can take part in a diverse calendar of peer support and therapeutic recreation opportunities.

  • They can join a committee to advise our society on the delivery of programs.

  • They can vote for our Board of Directors, or even become a board member themselves.

  • They may also find employment at RCFC itself, as one of our paid staff.

This is why our motto is "Peers supporting Peers."

Support our programs

If you would like to help our society to further build our peer community and help it reach its full potential, please make a donation. All donations are eligible for a charitable donation tax receipt.

Donate Online

Donate in seconds through the secure CanadaHelps.org site. You can send a one-time donation or become a monthly donor. Monthly donations are an easy way to donate and a great way to help RCFC plan ahead and fulfill our mission.

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Donate by Cheque

We also gratefully accept donations by cheque. Please make cheque payable to "Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends' Society" and mail it to 210?7671 Alderbridge Way Richmond, BC V6X 1Z9. Please include your full name and address if you would like us to issue you a charitable donation tax receipt. 

210-7671 Alderbridge Way
Richmond, BC
V6X 1Z9
Phone: (604) 675-3977 extension 1
Fax: (604) 214-0947
Email: cory.tymich@vch.ca

Hours of operation

?Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. ? 4 p.m. 

Closed on all BC statutory holidays.

Referral

Eligibility

To be eligible to take part in our services and programs you must be:

  • Adults, 19+

  • Living with mental illness

  • Living in the community of Richmond

  • Referred by a mental health professional or doctor

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Full Membership Status ? free

  • Open to all mental health consumers living in Richmond, BC.

  • Entitles member to vote on all RCFC business at all RCFC Members Meetings.

  • Can attend RCFC Society Members' activities, Open Members Meetings, and all special events.

Associate Membership Status ? if possible by donation, otherwise free

  • Available for anybody who does not meet the criteria for Full Membership.

  • Entitles member to vote on RCFC business dealt with at the Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary Meetings only.

  • Can attend Open Members Meetings and all special events.

How to apply

Society Membership Application

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Vision

A community that is filled with strong, supportive, and empowered mental health consumers that all have access to a wide variety of services and programs that meet both their individual and the community's goals and needs.

Mission

The Richmond Mental Health Consumer and Friends' Society (RCFC) supports a strong and connected mental health peer community by providing Peer Support, Therapeutic Recreation, and opportunities for growth and development to Richmond based mental health consumers.

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