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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.

Artemis Young Parent Program

The Young Parent Program supports pregnant teens and young parents in a nurturing community while also providing a safe, stimulating environment for their children. In the on-site licensed infant/toddler centre the staff of experienced Early Childhood Educators provide responsive care for the children along with building respectful, trusting relationships with their families.

Family Support Institute BC

The Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not for profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability.  FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family-to-family organization with a broad volunteer base. FSI’s supports and services are FREE to any family.

Y Young Moms Program

The Y Young Moms Program offers 8 transitional housing units for pregnant or young moms age 16-29 who are parenting a child under 5 years of age. Families receive weekly support, individual counselling and advocacy to help families achieve independence. Trained staff offer positive parenting education; life skills education; group counselling and support; mental health support; pre-employment and employment counselling and referrals.

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.

James Bay Community Project

James Bay Community Project is a non-profit community organization helping seniors, youth and families by providing outreach services, community support and volunteer services.

The Compassionate Friends of Canada

The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, self-help organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. They aid in the positive reconciliation of grief and foster the physical and emotional health of parents and their surviving children as well as provide information and education about the grief of bereaved parents and their surviving children.

BC Bereavement Helpline

They are a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Whether you are looking for bereavement support groups, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day, information on how to donate or to volunteer with them, you will find it on their site. Please call the BC Bereavement Helpline and speak with one of their caring volunteers for information on their bereavement support groups, agencies, and peer-based support.

Reporting Child Abuse

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Your call will be answered by the Provincial Centralized Screening team (PCS) and their primary role is to receive and assess child protection reports and initial requests for ministry service across the province, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If a child is in immediate danger, call police (call 9-1-1 or your local police) to intervene and a child protection social worker should be contacted to determine whether the child is in need of protection.

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank "helps those in need through those who care." They do that in a variety of ways but primarily by providing food hampers, including fresh produce to enrich the hampers, designated to supplement a client's food needs.  The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank is an emergency food service and we are here to help you and your family in a time of need. Located at 9586 Fifth Street, 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

Sooke Family Resource Society – Family Support Group

This parent-child playgroup is an extension of our Family Support Program.  The group offers support to parents with children 0-6 years who may be facing challenges in life such as single parenthood, low income, or young parenthood.  The group will focus on supportive parenting strategies. Call to register. Sooke group meets every other Thursdsay 10AM-noon.

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.

Military Family Resource Centre

The MFRC has resources to meet the unique demands of raising children in the military lifestyle. It’s about getting quality care, support and resources in an environment that understands the lifestyle.  Services include: Parenting support, child care, literacy programs, counselling, etc. The Colwood Pacific Activity Centre is located at 2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood.

Victoria Youth Clinic

The Victoria Youth Clinic Society (VYCS) is a not-for-profit organization, operator and lead agency for Foundry Victoria, that provides integrated and comprehensive primary health care services, including mental health and addiction care for youth aged 12 to 24 years. They are a team of dedicated and skilled youth-focused professionals that includes doctors, nurses, counsellors, youth workers, peer support workers, parent support workers, wellness navigator and administrative staff.

Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic

Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic offers a range of specialized services tailored to meet the unique healthcare needs and experiences of their patients. They are an inclusive clinic with a focused clinical scope that are available to patients of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Island Sexual Health

As a community health care centre, they offer pro-choice and comprehensive sexual health clinics, education programs and products for people of all genders, orientations, abilities, and ages in Greater Victoria, BC in the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. They also offer primary care attachment for priority population clients.

HerWay Home

HerWay Home (HWH) provides non-judgmental health care and social supports for pregnant and parenting women who have a history of substance use and may also be affected by mental health issues, violence and trauma.

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling

The team at VCAPCC are dedicated professionals who pride themselves on healing and empowering children. Their goal as an agency is to see the whole child,  and therefore work as an innovative team to support children, youth and their families. All of their therapists and victim services team have the best education, training and state of the art resources to provide the best services possible to their clients.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. They are dedicated to supporting women and all Trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.

Rosalie’s Village

Rosalie's Village proves supportive transitional housing for single mothers with young children age five and under and women ages 40 to 55 who are at risk of homelessness. Also provides three emergency shelter units for single mothers with children to use for up to 60 days. Support services include a day program, work training programs, life skills training, emergency relief, vouchers, workshops, and help transitioning into long-term housing. On-site licensed daycare for infants and children is available. Rent is based on income.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter

Emergency shelter for youth ages 13 to 18 who are in crisis and have no safe housing alternatives. Services include information and referral regarding community resources, advocacy, shower and laundry facilities, hygiene supplies, and meals. Staff provide support and counselling for youth and their families while they are in crisis.

Women in Need Community Cooperative (WIN)

WIN is organized as a community service cooperative which is a non profit form of a cooperative. Their purpose is to benefit the community through the provision of programs and services for supports women, trans, non-binary and Two Spirit people, and their families.

Our Place Drop-in Centre

Our Place Society is a community service provider for the poor, disadvantaged, and homeless of Greater Victoria. From its Pandora Avenue location, Our Place Society runs a variety of life transforming services, including meals, housing, health and wellness, education, and practical care.

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.

Sandy Merriman House

Emergency Shelter for homeless and at-risk women, including cis women, trans women, and non-binary folks. They have 25 beds, plus 4 more for emergency referrals. In addition to the shelter program, they operate a daytime drop-in program. The Emergency Shelter is located at 809 Burdett Ave. Victoria.

The Cridge Centre

The Cridge Centre offers a variety of services including supportive transitional housing, childcare, seniors services, respite and respiality, among many others.

Victoria Women’s Transition House

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence of women and children through supportive shelter, housing, counselling and other community-based services.

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