BC211 connects people to the community, government and social services they need. You can call or text 2-1-1 any day of the week, between 8 AM and 11PM. They offer confidential, multi-lingual, and texting services. You can also chat online, link is below.
The centre helps immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities settle and adapt into new lives in Greater Victoria. Their mission is to assist in the settlement and adjustment of immigrants and refugees in Canada, and to provide services designed to increase the newcomer's participation in Canadian society, by assisting the newcomer to overcome barriers. They are located at 1004 North Park Street, Victoria
Branches of the GVPL are located across Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the West Shore and Sooke. Each location has a children's section, as well as drop-in storytimes for families. Library cards are free and you can take home books, dvds, cds for your family.
Sidney/North Saanich Branch located at 10091 Resthaven Dr., Sidney
Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the town of Sidney.
We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, you can connect with programs in support of children's health & development or with our Outreach Workers for questions about ages and stages you might have. We also have our Child Passenger Safety programs in support of safe travels while in a vehicle and the Play & Chat Packs program in support of language development. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears
We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC
It's never raining at kindergym - our indoor playground. Featuring ride-on toys, a mini bouncy castle, tumbling mats, slides and more, join us for some open gym free-play fun! Parent participation is required. Drop-in for $5/child & $2/sibling, or purchase a 6-session pass for $27.00. Takes place at the Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney BC
For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). Located at the Central Saanich Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 1209 Clarke Rd. Brentwood Bay, BC
Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. 0-5 years. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). The Sidney/North Saanich Library Branch or the Vancouver Island Regional Library is located at 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC
Registered drop-in. A free, fun program of favorite nursery rhymes and songs that help develop young children's language skills. This program also provides connections and support for parents and caregivers. Multiple locations in Brentwood and Sidney. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
Come visit us for coffee, the chance to connect with other families and time for your child to play and do activities. Our Outreach/Resource Workers are available to assist with questions about ages and stages or specific needs to your early years family. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears/
Drop-in and enjoy weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This program offers information, discussion and support during this active stage of life and learning. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears
Offers a friendly, weekly drop-in setting for new parents to connect. Families gain information about parenting, child development and community resources through support and discussion with the facilitator and guest speakers. Takes at the Peninsula Health Unit, 2170 Mount Newton X Rd., Saanichton, BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears
Families and caregivers can drop in to explore play with their children. StrongStart supports the development of young children, consistent with the goals of the BC Early Learning Framework. StrongStart Centres located at Brendwood, Lochside and Sidney Elementary schools. Contact Lisa Kinshella with all inquiries.
We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community. VNFC is located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria
Pacific Centre Family Services Association is dedicated to maintaining outstanding services for the people we work with through education, counselling and creative programming. Locations: Centre for Wellbeing, 324 Goldstream Ave, Colwood; and 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.
Whether you enjoy a stroll in the park, a swim in the pool, playing soccer with friends, or a round of golf, West Shore Parks & Recreation has programs and facilities for everyone. West Shore Parks & Recreation is governed by the West Shore Parks & Recreation Society's Board of Directors made up of representatives from the City of Colwood, the City of Langford, the District of Metchosin, the District of Highlands, the Juan de Fuca Electoral area and the Town of View Royal. Each municipality contribute, through tax requisition, toward the operation of the parks and recreation facilities. Located at 1767 Island Highway, Victoria.
SEAPARC is pleased to offer a variety of program options for 4 months to 5 years. Programs include a licensed preschool, social programs, sports, swimming and skating. Located at 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke.
For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Located at the Juan de Fuca Library, 1759 Island Hwy. West Shore Recreation Centre Complex.
School District 62 offers StrongStart drop-in programs for children 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Programs are offered at Beecher Bay, Colwood Elementary School, Hans Helgesen Elementary, John Muir Elementary School, Ruth King Elementary School, Millstream Elementary School, Port Renfrew Elementary, and Willway Elementary School Please note that School District 62 Strong Start drop-in programs are closed over the summer.
SPARKS is for Immigrant or Refugee children attending a new elementary school in Canada who want to improve their english, build stronger social-emotionall skills as they adjust to the Canadian School System. Takes places at elementary school across Victoria, hosted by Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS). The VIRCS office is at 1004 North Park St. Victoria.
Enjoy a delicious meal, meet new friends, and have a great time at the Mustard Seed Family Centre, 625 Queens Ave.
This program will provide a place for families with children (aged 0-12 years) to network and support one another. We do crafts, art, games, reading and other activities, and a light dinner is provided. Takes place at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.
This playgroup is for families with young children who are immigrants, refugees, newcomers to Canada (less than 10 years) and who speak English as a second language. Free play, art, puzzles, snack time. Located at James Bay Community Project.
Come enjoy home cooked meals by donation. All families welcome. The dinner will provide a healthy meal, ideas for easy meal preparation, access to food resources as well as a social time to bring families together, supporting them in spending quality time together while alleviating the pressure of preparing an affordable meal. Planned play activities will provide opportunities for one-one parent support. Takes place in the gymnasium at Fernwood Community Centre (please enter through the gym doors around back), 1240 Gladstone Ave. Victoria.
Join the Oaklands community for dinner and games! Meet your neighbours, share a meal, and have a laugh while playing cards and board games. Located at the Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave. Victoria
Come enjoy meal with your kids! There will be activities and games for all ages. Fun for the whole family - pool, air hockey, arts and crafts, and games! There is also an outdoor playground for those who are interested. Located at Oaklands Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria.
This is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to meet and play in an informal atmosphere with toys, and books. Snacks provided. Free, caregivers must participate. At Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.
Families are invited for a delicious dinner prepared by staff and volunteers every Thursday evening. After dinner, stay and have a play in the family centre after dinner. Assistance with set-up and clean-up is appreciated. Dinner is served at 5pm. $2/family. At Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.
Are you an immigrant or refugee looking for information on housing, schools for your kids, and finding a doctor? Do you have questions about income tax and the Canadian legal system? Or do you just want someone to talk to who understands what it feels like to be an immigrant? ICA’s settlement workers are here to help you! ICA (Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria) is located at 930 Balmoral Rd, Victoria.
A drop-in program for trans, gender variant, and Two-Spirit Individuals in the south island area. A safe space to come together, share, create, and support. Last Thursday of every month, 6pm-7:30PM, at the Victoria Public Library, 1st Floor, 900s block group meeting rooms. Contact Marshall Kilduff at the number below.
Weekly (Monday mornings) support program for parents who are under 30 years old with children 0-6 years. Hosted by the Young Parent Support Network (YPSN), located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd.
The Y offers a range of drop-in programs for toddlers, children and teens, as well as fitness facilities for adults. There is childminding available while you work out. They also run a licensed daycare program. Location 851 Broughton St. Victoria.
The VWCA is a non-profit community group that offers programs for children, teens and adults. Current and past programs include Little Steps Preschool, Parent & Tot drop-ins, Mother Goose, Summer Camps, Music and Fun in French. Their larger events include Vic West Fest, the annual corn roast and monthly meetings to discuss concerns of residents. The Vic West Food Security Collective also offer community kitchens, potluck dinners, gardens and orchards to support food security in the community. Located at 521 Craigflower Rd, Victoria.
Between their two locations, Oaklands Community Centre and the Oaklands Neighbourhood House, they offer a summer and winter farmers market, a wide arrangement of recreation and fitness programs, a 2.5-5 yr child care centre, out-of-school care, camps, youth drop-in programs, community dinners, events, and learning workshops for everyone - from newborn to 99. Located at 2827 Belmont Ave. Victoria
The James Bay Community School Centre offers a variety of programs and services: adult recreation and continued learning, child and youth programs, early childhood programs, seniors dinners, community events, and childcare. Location: 140 Oswego St. Victoria.
The Fairfield Community Place is a community centre and neighbourhood house that offers daycare and preschool programs, out-of-school care, parent and tot drop-ins, seasonal community events, recreation and fitness classes, and workshops of all kinds. Location 1330 Fairfield Rd, Victoria.
The Burnside Gorge Community Association provides: childcare programs for ages 3.5 to 11; community and school based youth & family services; housing and asset development supports for youth and families; community recreation and special events for all ages; and a variety of community development initiatives. Location 471 Cecilia Rd, Victoria.
The Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee) is a safe and welcoming gathering place in the neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. They work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of their community: including prenatal support, children's, youth, family, and seniors. Call 250-388-7696. Located at 901 Kings Rd, Victoria.
The Mustard Seed Family Centre aims to reduce the impact of poverty on vulnerable families and when possible, breaking the cycle. They offer: group workshops to help with financial literacy, parenting, cooking, lifelong learning, employment strategies, visioning and goal setting; employment support, job search, referrals, counselling, emergency assistant, family dinners.
Cool Aid’s Downtown Community Centre focuses on healthy living, health promotion and social diversity. The Downtown Community Centre provides free, healthy, recreation and life skill programs for adults and youth living and working in the downtown core with a special focus on helping people who are homeless, street involved and at-risk. Located at 755 Pandora Ave. Victoria.
Saanich Neighbourhood Place is a non-profit organization that offers parenting support, pre-natal, prenancy and postpartum programs, Best Babies, early childhood programs, preschool, drop-in playtime, community kitchen, and family dinners. Located inside Pearkes Rec Centre (Saanich Recreation), at 3100 Tillicum Rd, behind Tillicum Mall.