Mobile bc211 site will officially launch on 211 Day

The mobile site will make it easier to search for community services

The official launch of the mobile bc211 site is set for 211 Day on Feb. 11.

The new mobile site, which was soft-launched last month, will make it easier for people to find free information about community services from their mobile devices.

Now, when mobile users visit bc211.ca, they will land on a page with topics and drop-down menus to narrow their search.

Related: Housing, healthcare and more — bc211 connects residents to resources

“The new mobile site means that people can find what they’re looking for faster – especially for youth who are heavy users of mobile devices,” said the executive director of bc211, Nathan Wright. “There is no need to download an app to access the information. For some people, needing to download an app can be a barrier.”

In the Okanagan, the free bc211.ca site is made available through a partnership with United Way.

Jude Brunt, community investment manager for United Way, said it “helps connect people with the health and social supports they need, right here in the Okanagan — from help with financial worries, domestic violence, or childcare concerns.”

“We know that many people prefer the anonymity of accessing this information online, so this new mobile service just makes that even easier,” Brunt said.

The service was launched across B.C. in June 2017.

Related: New online directory for community services launches in B.C.

According to bc211, the service has helped more than 5,500 people in the Okanagan since online searching was introduced in the region 18 months ago.

Top searches continue to be housing and homelessness, mental health, health, income and financial assistance, and substance use.

For more information and FAQ, visit: http://unitedwaycso.com/how-we-help/community/bc211/.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

RDOS issues 405 building permits in first nine months of 2019

Construction activity higher this year than during same period last year

Voting locations ‘not going to be perfect’ says Elections Canada

The Princeton Legion was a busy place this weekend, as advance polls… Continue reading

Princetons caboose battle pulls back into court

Princeton’s historic caboose rolled back into court last Thursday, with the Vermilion… Continue reading

Kelowna Liberal, Conservative candidates at odds on economic issues

The mortgage stress test and deficit spending were hot topics at an early morning forum

Princeton suffers highest per capita rate of drug deaths: Coroner report

Princeton has suffered the highest number of illicit drug related deaths in… Continue reading

Election 2019: Robert Mellalieu — Green Party candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Robert Mellalieu is running for the Green Party in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

North Okanagan patients benefit from new staff and equipment

New physiatrist and much-needed equipment at VJH

Growing cherries, apples, pears — and big pumpkins

Boerboom worked to produce a massive melon from his Summerland farm

West Kelowna resort denies being fined after six bears destroyed

‘We are good with the compliance,’ said the resort’s operations manager

Workshops give North Okanagan businesses a boost

Small Business Week celebrated by Community Futures

Shuswap voter unhappy with polling times that don’t allow him to vote

Resident thinks with technology available polls should be open more days

Ready, aim, fire: Penticton residents invited to shoot exploding pumpkins

The event is hosted by the Penticton Shooting Sports Association on Nov. 2

Police investigating suspicious fire at Airport Inn in Lake Country

Twenty-four firefighters responded to the call around 2 a.m.

Penticton Fire Department says farewell to Cpt. Glenn Beierle

Beierle retired on Oct. 17 following 30 years of service with the department

Most Read