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Friday Families and Friends Playtime

Friday Families and Friends Playtime is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years program. Join them at this free program for parents and caregivers of children up to six years old. A time to play, enjoy the gym, explore art and have a visit with friends! Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd. For information, or to register to attend, please contact the Peninsula Early Years Centre

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees

VICCIR provides mental health counselling to immigrants and refugees living in Canada. They offer their services on a sliding fee scale, based on clients' ability to pay. They work with specially trained interpreters as required.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

The Early Childhood Development Team provide family support for parenting and life skills for pre and post-natal up to children six years old. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. You will have the opportunity to meet with other families.

BC211

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.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

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.

Greater Victoria Public Library

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, and CDs for your family.

Vancouver Island Regional Libary

As a regional system, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) covers a vast geographic area, from Sooke and Sidney in the south to Port Hardy, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast. They have always provided with the flexible spaces, new technologies, digital resources, and exciting programming that people expect today.

Panorama Recreation

Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations including Greenglade Community Centre throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the Town of Sidney.

Peninsula Early Years Centre

At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, Beacon Community Services offers a welcoming, nurturing space for families and caregivers with children ages 6 and under. Families will find comfort and encouragement, as well as important resources and supports that help build a strong foundation for young children – so they get the strongest start possible in life. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.

Beacon Community Services

Beacon Community Services’ programs and services span every phase of life. They dedicate themselves to: helping keep children, youth and families healthy, strong and connected, sheltering seniors and people with disabilities in safe, affordable housing, and much more

Storytime at Sidney/North Saanich Library

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

Parent Child Mother Goose (Beacon CS)

Parent-Child Mother Goose is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years registered program. A free, fun program of favourite rhymes, music and stories that help to develop language skills for children (2 months – 3 yrs). In partnership with School District 63, this early literacy program provides social connection and support for parents and caregivers. Offered as registered 10 week sessions, with age appropriate groups and snacks.

Peninsula Toddler Time

Toddler Time is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years program. Join us and enjoy a free weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This drop-in program also offers information, discussion and support during this very active stage of life and learning. For children 9-24 months old and caregivers/parents (siblings welcome).

StrongStart Saanich School District 63

StrongStart is a free program for 0-5 (pre-Kindergarten), with their parents/grandparents/caregivers to attend. Parents and Caregivers are expected to be actively involved and engaged with their child during the StrongStart visit, so that there is optimum child development and sharing learning. StrongStart supports the development of young children consistent with the goals of the British Columbia Early Learning Framework.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

The VNFC is a non-profit Indigenous-led organization located on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The Centre comprises over 125 compassionate staff members, building and delivering over 75 programs working to further innovative solutions to improve socio-economic conditions for urban Indigenous peoples. Their goal is to stitch the fabric of Indigenous traditions into everything the VNFC does, and to greet each other and the natural world in a good way every day.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association

Pacific Centre Family Services Association is dedicated to maintaining outstanding services for the people they work with through education, counselling and creative programming. Locations: Centre for Wellbeing, 324 Goldstream Ave, Colwood; and 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.

West Shore Parks and Recreation

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 board of directors made up of representatives from the City of Colwood, the City of Langford, the District of Metchosin, the District of Highlands and the Town of View Royal.

SEAPARC Leisure Complex

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.

StrongStart (SD62)

Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages. Participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in play-based early learning activities – including stories, music and art. This is a free program for families that helps prepare children for success in kindergarten.

Enable Program for Children and Youth

The Enable Program supports the needs of immigrant and refugee, children, and youth between the ages of 6 - 19. All our services are designed to address their academic, social, and emotional needs as they transition into Canadian Society. A holistic, client-centered approach is used to meet young people where they are in their life, and to provide them with opportunities to increase their sense of identity, belonging, and community within their new environment.

The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to  people living  in greater Victoria since 1975. Their operations are nearly 100 percent community funded; these include the region’s largest and most accessible Food Bank, the Food Security Distribution Centre serving 60+ organizations in the capital region, Family back-to-school and Christmas supports, Hospitality programs, services at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as Church services.

Fernwood Community Meal

Fernwood NRG are serving their community meal on Mondays. They will be able to serve the first 80 people. There is a vegetarian and sometimes a meat option. They will unfortunately be unable to accommodate any other special or dietary requests.

Time will be between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. If you have any questions, please email info@fernwoodnrg.ca.

Community Dinner (Oaklands)

Each month, September through June, they extend a warm invitation to Oaklands residents to join us for their Community Dinner on the last Sunday of the month. Call to reserve.

Family Dinner (Burnside Gorge)

Enjoy a nutritious meal with your family and meet other members of your community. Families need to register for dinner before Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. by calling the front desk at 250-388-5251. Advise if you are vegetarian when registering.

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-in

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.

Downtown YMCA-YWCA

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.

Victoria West Community Association

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. 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.

Oaklands Community Association

The Oaklands Community Association's vision is to provide a welcoming, engaging, sustainable community where all members can live, learn and thrive. Between their three locations, Oaklands Community Centre, Oaklands Neighbourhood House and Hamilton Park, they offer a summer and winter farmers market, a wide range of recreation programs, childcare programs for ages 6 months to 5 years old, out-of-school care, camps, youth drop-in programs, community services, events, and learning workshops for everyone

James Bay Community School Centre

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.  

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

Fairfield Gonzales is a connected, collaborative, inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable community. They offer recreation classes, community events, childcare, food access, parent and tot programs, and much more – right in the heart of the neighbourhood!

 

Burnside Gorge Community Association

Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) provides social support, child care, recreation, youth and family services, and community development programs as well as a number of special events and partnership initiatives to children, youth, families, and seniors in the Greater Victoria area.

Programming includes: a range of childcare programs for ages 3.5 to 11; a range of 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.

Quadra Village Community Centre

The Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee) is a safe and welcoming gathering place and neighbourhood association in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. We provide services, programs , and support to meet the various needs of individuals in our community.

Cool Aid

Working with their partners in the Capital Region, they offer life-changing services to adults who are impacted by poverty, colonization, stigma and homelessness. These services include permanent housing, emergency shelter, health and dental care, employment assistance, and social and recreational opportunities.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place

Saanich Neighbourhood Place is committed to providing families with programs and services that enhance their quality of life and sense of well-being. They are here to support you in all aspects of family life. Their programming includes food security, child and family programs, youth programs, and licensed childcare. Locations SNP Pearkes (main location for programs): 3100 Tillicum Road, behind Tillicum Mall SNP Child and Family Centre: 3120 Tillicum Road, behind Pearkes Rec Centre  

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