IMPORTANT NOTE: Services may be impacted in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Contact agencies or programs listed on this page prior to visiting in person to receive up to date information on their services (eg. wait times, hours of operation etc…).

COVID-19 Information Sources

Service: Abuse Prevention and Isolation Support

Contacts
Public Comments Reliable sources of information about the COVID-19 Pandemic: 
*City of Barrie COVID-19 Information and City of Barrie Cancellations and Updates  
* Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 
* Ontario Ministry of Health  
* Health Canada  
* Public Health Ontario Association 
 
Toll-Free Phone Numbers 
* Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 1-877-721-7520 or 705-721-7520  
* Health Canada's Coronavirus Information Line: 1-833-784-4397
Addresses
Address & Map
Barrie, ON
Physical Access Not Applicable
Description
Description (Service) In this listing, you will find information about Safety Resources, Crisis/Distress Lines, support for Older Adults, Online Community Groups to help you through this pandemic. 

Safety

 
*in an emergency call 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance 
 
Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie 
* call Crisis Line at 705-728-2544 or 1-800-461-1716 for immediate help 
* call Outreach Services at 705-721-9977 for phone support 
* 24 hour crisis line and shelter for abused women and their dependent children, emergency transportation to shelter available  
* see website for more resources 
 
Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre 
* 24 hour crisis line 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799 
* free and confidential individual counselling for women 16 yrs and up who have experienced sexual violence at any time  
 
Sexual Assault Treatment Centre, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital 
* provides emergency medical care and treatment options to victims of sexual and domestic assault 
* police involvement is not required to access the service 
* see website for more resources 
 
Assaulted Women's Helpline  
* counselors continue to be available 24/7 to support women and seniors experiencing abuse  
* Assaulted Women's Helpline 1-866-863-0511  
* Senior Safety Line 1-866-299-1011 
* see website for more resources 
 
Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions 
*access child protection services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 705-726-6587 or 1-800-461-4236 
* see website for more resources 
 
Canadian Centre for Child Protection 
* Charity dedicated to personal safety of all children with goal to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and prevent child victimization 
see website for COVID-19 Resources  
 

Older Adults

 
Seniors Centre without Walls 
* free interactive telephone-based program that connects seniors and enables them to be social, informed and connected during difficult times * program run by City of Barrie 55+ Centre staff and volunteers 
* enjoy a variety of topics each week ranging from informal coffee chats and fun brain stimulating games to health and wellness seminars and educational talks 
* see website 
for more information  
 
Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe, Reassurance Call Program 
* free regular phone calls Mon-sun 9 am-9 pm available to anyone within the local calling area who experiences loneliness or isolation, is housebound, has reduced mobility and would like to engage in friendly conversation with a trained volunteer 
* to register for service in Barrie call 705-726-7922, in Orillia call 705-325-9534  
 
Ontario Caregiver Organization  
* 24/7 Helpline for caregiver information, assessment and referral to connect people to community services  
* live chat through website, Mon-Fri 7 am-9 pm  
* online support groups and tip sheets related to COVID-19  
* call Helpline at 1-833-416-2273, for all other details see website 
 
North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network  
* Regional Bereavement Support Line 705-325-7871  
* if you are anticipating the loss of a loved one or have recently lost a loved one, this support line can connect with you with resources to help you through your grief journey  
* line is monitored from 8am to 8pm daily * all calls received after hours will be returned on the next day in order they were left * please note that this is not a COVID-19 information resource  
* see website for more information 
 
Resources for Supporting Kids  
* a kids book about COVID-19  
* Cora and the Corona 
 
Barrie Transit 
* free transit until Jul 2, 2020 
* regular buses run hourly Mon-Sat from approximately 5:30 am-12:30 am and Sun from approximately 9 am-11 pm 
* for routes see Schedules and Maps or call 705-726-4242 
* for people with functional mobility problems who are unable to access regular public transit call Specialized Transit 705-792-5033, press 1 for more information  
 
For assistance with Food, including grocery or meal delivery, see Grocery and Food Delivery Options 
 

Facebook Groups

 
Barrie Families Unite Facebook Group  
* Started in March 14, 2020 - "A space created to facilitate HELP within our community. Posts of NEEDED help; due to self quarantines, school closures or other trickle down effects that have resulted from the current COVID-19 pandemic"  
 
Hometown Masks for Hometown Heroes, Barrie Simcoe North Facebook Group  
* Started Apr 4, 2020 - "This group has been created as the result of an urgent need for masks and caps for healthcare workers as well as immune-compromised folks in the Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Elmvale, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood areas. Supply is short and hospitals, long-term care homes, hospices and the like are requesting help from the community. If you can sew, deliver or source materials, we'd love to hear from you. Please help our community defeat Covid-19! Check the Popular Topics for Patterns, Safety Instructions, Disclaimer Form, etc. Post if you are able to help in any way, Thank You! "
Service Details
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government
Hours Hours vary
Areas Served Barrie ; Simcoe County
Eligibility Varies by website/service
Application Call or visit website for information
Languages English
Fees None
Subjects
Service Categories Domestic Violence Hotlines ; Elder Abuse Prevention ; Outreach Programs ~ COVID-19 ; Sexual Assault Hotlines ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ COVID-19

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