Recreation and Parks – Regional District Nanaimo District 69
Support Services: Staff, instructors and volunteers are dedicated to making everyone welcome in our programs and facilities. finacial Access Program: If needed there may be assistance available for you, or someone you know, to participate in a recreation program.
The Hope Centre, Gabriola Island
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, One-on-One Counseling, Accredited Breast Feeding Counseling, Toy and Book Lending Library.
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, Victoria
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health serves infants, children, and adolescents with physical, intellectual, social, or emotional challenges who require assessment, treatment, consultation, long-term and short-term follow-up or coordination of services.Services include: speech and language therapy; autism intervention; occupational therapy; outreach and outpatient services for infants and children with physical and developmental disabilities; physical, professional and educational resources; rehabilitation engineering and research centre for orthotics, prosthetics, and seating; and a psychiatric unit for children and adolescents.

Child Development Centre, Nanaimo
A wide variety of programs and services available for children (birth to 19 years) and their families. Services include: – Early intervention, therapy, and support groups. – Preschool. – Educational programs for parents and community. Services are provided in homes, community settings, schools or at the centre. Parent referrals welcome.
City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture
Programs, services and facilities for all ages.
Family Life Association, Nanaimo
A non-profit community based organization providing counselling and support services such as the following programs: Family Advancement, Sexual Abuse Services, and Eating Disorders.
Separation & Divorce Resource Centre, Victoria
Services include counselling and support groups (parent group, children’s group ‘Caught in the Middle’, adult group, and a free 3-hour weekly workshop ‘Parenting After Separation’). The Centre also provides legal support including pre-separation, financial preparation, lawyer and court preparation, family court orientation, and supervised access or supervised exchange of children when court ordered.
Nanaimo Foodshare
Nanaimo Foodshare works to increase individual and communty food security by providing programs and services that facilitate equitable access to food in empowering ways. Programs and services: Food Box, Glean Team, Summer Lunch, Growing On Up, Munch, Living Well, Referral Services, Resources.
Building Learning Together Centre
BLT brings together various sectors of the community to focus on the development and delivery of supports and services for young children (0-6) and their families. Part of BLT literacy initiatives and programs are listed here: BLT Backpacks, Books for Babes, Circle of Friends, Mother Goose and Friends, Words on Wheels (W.O.W.) Bus and over 200 “Grand-Buddy” volunteers.
Springboard Family Centre, Parksville
Provides high quality childcare for children from 0-5 years, supporting their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. The Centre’s mision includes the goal of encouraging and assisting young parents to: Complete an on-site educational program, Increase their understandfing of family management , Enhance life skills and parenting skills, Explore career and work acitvities, Find peer support and relationships. Programs include Healthy Beginnings, Food Safe, Mother Goose and Friends, Muski Garden and the Kitchen Klub plus community field trips.
Learning Disabilities Association, Victoria
Services for parents include support groups and workshops on LD and ADHD. Services for children include academic support and skills-building, remedial reading and writing programs, and self-advocacy. Flexible payment options and bursaries.

UVic Family Centre
UVic Family Centre supports both off-campus and on-campus student families with a toy & video lending library, parent-tot playgroups, health workshops, community kitchen, etc. Phone, drop by or check out website for more info.
Tillicum Haus Native Friendship Centre – Nanaimo and Area
Tillicum Haus Native Friendship Centre promotes justice, fairness and equality for Aboriginal people through a holistic approach to programming and services. Programs: Building Better Babies, Mother Goose, Nobody’s Perfect, Community Kitchen, Counselling, Creating Healthy Families, Additions, Diabetes Support, FASD, Breast Feeding, Men’s Wellness, Counsellor Training, Basic Adult Education
Vancouver Island Regional Library
Have Fun at the Library! *Board Books & Picture Books *Childrens’s Videos & DVD’s *Books on Tape and CD * Music on CD or Audiotape *Children’s Magazines *Children’s Preschool Storytime *Summer Reading Club *Preschool Tours * Daycare/Preschool Library Card & lots of martrial for parent, too!
Saanich Recreation
Recreation, parenting, and life skills/personal growth courses are available through local recreation centres in Saanich. Check out or phone one of the numbers listed below. Ask about L.I.F.E program if you are in need of financial assistance.
City of Victoria Recreation
The city of Victoria’s recreation department offers a wide range of programs for children, youth, families, and seniors. For more information, call 361-0732 (Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre) or check out the following website: Ask about the L.I.F.E program if you need financial assistance.
Esquimalt Recreation
Esquimalt Recreation offers programs for children, youth, families, and seniors. For more information, call 412-8500 or check out the following website: Ask about the L.I.F.E program if you need financial assistance.
Oak Bay Recreation
Oak Bay Recreation offers numerous programs for parents, children, and youth. Ask about the L.I.F.E program if you need financial assistance.
YM-YWCA of Greater Victoria
The YM-YWCA offers fitness and recreation programs, adult learning, camping and outdoor education, outreach support, child care, and many other programs for children, youth, adults, and seniors.
Community Centres, Victoria
Community Centres throughout Victoria offer parenting, child and youth programs, child care, counseling, assistance with housing, hot lunches, free clothing and bread, and teen drop-in programs. Individual addresses and websites can be found under the website link above.1) Blanshard Community Centre 388-7696 2) Burnside/Gorge Community Centre 388-5251 3) Fairfield Community Centre 382-4604 4) Fernwood Community Centre 381-1552 5) James Bay Community Centre 389-1470 6) Oaklands Community Centre (370-9101 7) Vic West Community Centre 388-6120

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria
The Boys and Girls Club offers social, educational and recreational programs, youth and family support, youth justice programs and school-based programs, etc. For more information, please phone (250) 384-9133 or check out our website:
Dr. Glenn Simpson Family Resource Centre, Victoria General Hospital
The Dr. Glenn Simpson Family Resource Centre provides resources to educate families and support them through the care of a sick child or the care of a child with a chronic disabling condition. It also provides resources for health care professionals and caregivers and liaison with medical and public libraries as well as free internet access for medical information.
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, Victoria
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House offers youth, family and adult counselling, parent & child drop-ins, parenting outreach/support, clothing exchange, Best Babies prenatal program, Nobody’s Perfect parenting program, job/pre-employment skills and computer training, volunteer opportunities, counselor training, information and referrals, thrift shop, and an emergency food cupboard.
Cridge Centre for the Family, Victoria
Services include child care for children, housing for families, adults with disabilities and seniors, services for women and children who have been impacted by relationship violence, counselling, and community kitchens.
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
ICA serves primarily individuals and families who experience difficulty accessing services due to language and cultural barriers. Services include a women’s support group, family counseling, interpretive translation, English classes, and multicultural programs.
James Bay Community Project, Victoria
Services include parent and tot drop-ins, parenting support groups and classes, single mums group, outreach and counselling, youth programs, children’s clothing exchange, emergency food cupboard and community kitchen, health and immunization clinic, housing assistance, parent resource library, and licensed preschool. In addition, a youth clinic for birth control, STDs, and counselling is available – at no cost and no medical card is required.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Victoria
A charitable organization that matches children (‘littles’) from primarily single parent families with adult mentors (‘bigs’). The BBBS mandate is to make a difference in the lives of children by promoting their self-esteem, expanding their awareness of life’s opportunities, and providing them with guidance and support through long term relationships with caring volunteers.
Georgia Avenue Community School
Parent and Preschooler Drop-in program – G.A.P.P. (Georgia Avenue Parents & Preschoolers), Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle, Afterschool and evening programs. Please call for more information.
Parksville – Words On Wheels (WOW) Bus – BLT
Mother Goose & Friends, Free used books for children and adults, Parenting issues – library of videos and books, Pamphlets on SD 69 community resources, BLT Backpacks (toys & book library), Free “Stuffy Buddy” after 5 visits, Local job posting from The Career Centre, Community visitors to answer your questions, Computer, printer & software, Snacks and coffee.
Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Society, Victoria
Mary Manning Centre offers a victim assistance program, individual therapy, education and support groups, other services for children and youth with special needs and cultural/diversity issues.
Child and Family Counselling Association of Victoria
Services include assistance for families with a child with autism to help them obtain funding and develop programs tailored to their needs and counselling services for families referred by MCFD (where protection of children may be an issue).
Victoria Women’s Transition House
Services include emergency shelter, legal, medical, and financial advocacy, food and emergency clothing, and counselling for women who have experienced abuse and their children.
Helpline for Children
A child who is experiencing abuse or neglect, a parent who is afraid he/she might hurt a child, or a care provider/community member who is concerned about child abuse or neglect can contact the Helpline and receive support from a social worker. Calls can be anonymous.To reach the Helpline for Children: pick up the phone, dial 310-1234, and tell your story. For more information, contact your local Ministry of Children and Family Development office: 1-800-663-9122.

Powell River Association for Community Living (PRACL)
PRACL provides services and programs such as: Infant Development (0-3), Early Childhood Community Therapy Services (Family Support Service (0-6), Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy), Family Suppiort Services (0-18), Autism Program
Port McNeill Family Centre
To encourage and enhance healthy opportunities for all families. Drop-in Centre for Parents and Caregivers, parenting and child care information; videos, children’s activities and programs.
Campbell River Family Services – Programs & Serviices
Services To Young Parents: Pregnancy Outreach Program, New Beginnings Program, Creating Healthy Families Program, The Nobody’s Perfect, also Family Place.Services To Children & Youth: Special Services to Children Program(referrals through the Ministry for Children and Families); sexual Abuse Intervention Program: Child and Family Liaison Program(referrals through Ministry of Children and Family Development), Family Outreach Program, Friendship Skills Summer Camp.

Family Services: Family Support Program, Behavioral Consultant for Caregivers Program,

Specialized Services: Community Based Victim Services Program, Crisis Line(24 hour)

Other Programs and Services: Friendship Skills for boys & Girls, Parent Education Courses

For more specific information on programs and services offered, please see website link above or contact our office.

Peninsula Community Services, Sidney
Peninsula Community Services offers counselling, home support, after-school care and preschool, parenting support, addictions counselling, volunteer services, thrirft shop, youth programs, CASY Respite Home Project for teens at risk and a drop-in program for those diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. For more information, please call 656-0134 or visit our website:
Saanich Neighbourhood Place
Located in Pearkes Recreation Centre, Saanich Neighbourhood Place offers parent and tot drop-ins, toy library with toys for ages birth to 8 years, community kitchens, emergency food cupboard, clothing exchange, parenting support groups, resource library, courses and workshops.
Ladysmith Family and Friends
Drop in playgroup for children 0-6 and their parents/caregivers. We have coffee/tea and social activities for parents to meet others with children.
Vancouver Island Regional Library – Ladysmith
Preschool Storytimes, ages 3-4 years. Contact the library to register.
Family Place Resource Centre
Resource Centre for families with children ages 0-6years.
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program
8-10 week program for parents with Infants to learn songs, rhymes and storytelling.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island
BGCCVI is a non-profit organization serving children youth and families from Lantzville to Duncan. We offer high quality, developmentally appropriate services for children from birth to eighteen including daycare, out of school care, teen drop-in, child and family counseling, parent self help groups and evening programs. Fees vary.
Parent and Child Care Provider Drop in
Fridays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Drop In to the Family Place
Cowichan Valley Association for Community Living
Child and Family Support ProgramThis program provides opportunities for the development of socialization, recreation,leisure,self-help, and life skills in families with children aged 6 to 18. A youth day program, after school programs,an evening group and one to one support are also available.

The Hope Centre, Summer Programs, Gabriola Island
The Gathering Place Youth Centre Summer Day Camp for 6-12 yr olds. M-F 9 am -2:30 pm. Mid day snack provided. Arts, crafts, field trips, theme days, beach days and overnight camp out at the end of the summer
Salt Spring Island Community Services
Salt Spring Island Community Services provides a broad and diverse range of services and supports to the communities of the Southern Gulf Islands. For more information, phone (250) 537-9971 or check out its website:
Family Place, Salt Spring Island
Family Place is a resource and drop-in program centrally located on Ganges Hill on Salt Spring Island, where parents and children under six can play, relax, learn, and receive support and community information.A full spectrum of early years programming is offered including: parent and child drop-in programs, Parent-Child Mother Goose, one-to-one support and counselling, and parent education programs.

Victoria Child Care Resource and Referral, offering child care referrals, subsidy information, and support for child care providers, is also located at Family Place.