The Hope Centre, Gabriola Island
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, One-on-One Counseling, Accredited Breast Feeding Counseling, Toy and Book Lending Library.
Volunteer Powell River
The Volunteer Powell River Centre will provide support and coordination for the many volunteers in our town.
Parent Support Services of BC, Victoria and Mid Island
Ongoing, weekly self help support groups for parents with children 12 years old and under. Also Parent Awareness Program and Effective Parenting Speaker Series. Parent Support Services can help parents pay for child care or transportation when needed. Our objective is to remove the financial obstacles that might prevent a parent from attending a Support Circle. Please call to see what groups are offered in your community.
Dads Circle- Be the Best Dad you can be!, Nanaimo
Join with other dads, to discuss and learn more about the unique and important role of fathers in parenting. This weekly group will have a fun and informal atmosphere, and will provide support around developing and sustaining a positive relationship with your children, whether you are living with them or not! For information, please call the Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre.You can also visit our website
Early Intervention Team and Infant Development Program -Parksville Health Unit
Physiotherapy(0-19), Occupational Therapy(0-5), Speech Language Therapy(0-5), Infant Development, a (District 69 Family Resource Association Program) Please call the number below for information on these programs.
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.
La Leche League Canada Nanaimo Daytime Group
La Leche League Canada is a breastfeeding support group that provides encouragement and information to breastfeeding mothers. Facilitators are all accredited and experienced nursing mothers.
Expressions – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
(Free) Each Friday night, 5:00 – 9:00pm, Youth are provided with an opportunity to ‘express’. Free of judgment and grading, children and youth of all ages are offered a diversity of art forms in which to indulge their free spirit. Register with SOS.
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.
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
Family Resourse Association, District 69, Parksville
The District 69 Family Resource Association is committed to providing early intervention, counselling, support and education services. This organization offers a variety of services to support the development, independence and empowerment of individuals and families. Programs available: Children Who Witness Abuse Program, Family Advancement Program, Family Support Program, Group Facilitator, Infant Develpment Program, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapy, Sexual Abuse Intervention Program, Youth and Family Counselling Mediation Program, Youth Enhancement Program-Group Facilitator and Family Mediator.
Healthy Beginnings, Parksville
This is a free drop-in program where parents can get together to discuss parenting, child develpment, play, nutrition, relationships and much more. The purposes of Healthy Beginnings are: To support parents in giving their children a wonderful start in life, To promote positive parenting and family well-being, To enhance the optimal development of babies and young children. Childminding is available for most groups and taxi is provided for parents with transportation difficulties.
Movie Night (Free) – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
The third Friday of each month at 7pm. Popcorn included! All ages are welcome for this family event. To register call the number below.
Family Fun Night (Free) – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
There are plans to expand the after school porgram on Wednesday’s. Parents are invited to enjoy a family dinner, prepared by their children and local seniors. Come out and relax with othr families in our community. Register at number below.
Yoga –By Donation- SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
Mommy & Me – Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 am (time to be confirmed), Adults and babies/toddlers ‘play yoga’ together (limit: 12 Mommy/Child groups)Youth Yoga – Tuesdays 4:00 –5:00 pm, Connected with and registered through the ‘Girl Talk’ program.

Adult Yoga – Thursday 6:00 – 7:15 pm, Limited child-minding available on-site (limit: 20 adults)

Adult Yoga – Friday 9:00 – 10:15 am, No child-minding for this class (limit: 20 adults)

Adult Yoga – Friday 10:30 – 11:45 am, Programmed primarily for new mothers, co-operative child-minding available on-site (limit: 20 adults-12 babies/toddlers)

To register call SOS.

(Free) Wednesdays 3:30- 5:30 pm. Bringing together children & seniors to share time together. Senior citizens are invited to share life skills. Currently ‘Baking & Boardgames’ is offered. Register with SOS.
Tuesdays- (9-10 years) 3:00 – 5:30 pm, (11 years & up) 6:00 – 8:30pm, Fun, friendships and staying real. This activity based group encourages and inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Through support, accurate information and mentoring, girls can become clearer and more confident about who they are.
Guy Time – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
(Free)Tuesdays- (9-10 years) 3:00 – 5:30 pm, (11 years & up) 6:00 – 8:30pm, Navigating the social pressures of youth, enjoy some hangout time and get the scoop on stuff you like, while you explore some of the issues that currently present challenges. Meet some new friends and have fun.
Parenting- The Early Years (3 to 5yrs) – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
An eight week parenting group to assist parents in laying a healthy fondation for the years to come. Register with SOS.
Parenting Young Children-(6-10 yrs) – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
(Free) An eight week parenting education to help establish the positive respctful & instructional groundwork for children’s healthy behavioural development. Register with SOS.
Parenting ‘Tweens’ (11-13 yrs) – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
An eight week program that assists parents in understanding and positively influencing their tweens…
Parenting Teens – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
(Free) Parenting Education to assist and support parents in becoming active, confident and successful in raising their teenagers to healthy, responsible adults. Register with SOS.
Parent Support Circle – SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre
(Free) Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am. An ongoing, weekly self-help support group for parents with children 12 years old and under. Facilitation provided by Parent Support Services. Register with SOS.
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 & Youth Mental Health, Victoria
Child and Youth Mental Health provides services and counselling for children with significant emotional and behavior disorders and their families including protection services and probation.
Powell River Child, Youth & Family Services
Early Childhood Parenting Programs, (Families are asked to pre-register)
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.

Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre – Nanaimo
Program: The Family and Community program. We suport families with deaf or hard of hearing children. Services include counselling, individual advocacy, home based sign language, training and information on available resources.
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.
Born Healthy
Born Healthy is a program of education and support for pregnant women and new parents in the Ladysmith area. We operate every Tuesday and Wednesday at 12 Buller St. in Ladysmith. On Wednesdays we have a drop-in which includes a free lunch, guest speakers or activities and an opportunity to speak to a nurse or nutritionist.
Rainbows, Nanaimo
Peer support program for children and families grieving a significant loss or dealing with a family in transition through death or divorce.
Family Place Resource Centre
Resource Centre for families with children ages 0-6years.
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.
Campbell River Family Services Society
Programs for pregnant women and families with young children.
Association Francophone De Campbell River
French lessons for adults. French resource library with books and music CDs. Internet access. Call for more information on french television programming.
Comox Valley Early Childhood Educators
Contact our local chairperson Jackie for location and further information on meetings and events.
Comox Valley Boys and Girls Club
We are an organization dedicated to the enhancement of children and youth. Programs both for children and parents, and school based programs.
St. John’s Ambulance
Provides First Aid Training to the public. Community Service Volunteers provide First Aid (Brigade) and visit hospitals with Therapy Dogs.

Early intervention for developmental delays or who are at risk for developmental delays. Birth to school entry and their families. Campbell River, Quadra Island, Cortes Island, Gold River, Sayward and Reed Island.
Southern Vancouver Island Family Child Care Association
SVIFCCA is a volunteer-driven group with over seventy-five members. As a non-profit organization, SVIFCCA provides support to family child care providers from Duncan to Salt Spring Island, including the Greater Victoria Region. SVIFCCA monthly meetings are held at the Salvation Army Citadel at 4030 Douglas Street on the 4th Thursday of every month (except December, July and August). For more information, phone 391-6556 or send an email to:
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
Comox Valley Child Development Association
Building Better Babies Program
Family support program for families who are expecting or have children under 6 months old. It offers family supports, one on one counselling, nutrition counselling, group activities including prenatal classes, parent-child activities and group information sessions, and home visiting.
Young Parents Support Network, Victoria
Young Parents Support Network (YPSN) is a small, non-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower young parent families.YPSN offers parenting programs and groups, one-to-one services for young parents facing challenges in their lives, and respite child care and outreach for young parents.

Parent Support Services, Victoria
Parent Support Servicesis dedicated to preventing child abuse and promoting healthy parent-child relationships by supporting parenting, families, and communities. Services include support groups, such as Parent Support Circles, Aboriginal Parent Support Circles, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles; parenting workshops; education classes community awareness.
Citizens Counselling Centre, Victoria
The Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre assists adult community members in attaining socially and psychologically satisfying lives by providing quality, accessible, volunteer counselling services. Services include individual and couple counseling and personal development groups. Fees are on a sliding scale based on family income.
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.

West Coast Wastenot Society

Our goal is to reduce the amount of personal hygiene product (PHP) waste going into landfill. This includes disposable baby diapers and adult incontinence products.
The Nanaimo Mother & Baby Society
We are a non-profit society that offers support through a variety of programs and services to Mothers and Babies in Nanaimo.