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Facilitator Training – Nanaimo Oct 26-28

Volunteer Facilitators Needed!
Learn to be an effective group leader
20 hrs Initial Training
October 26, 27 & 28, 2018 Nanaimo BC
Full attendance required

Are you someone who has:
 Good listening & interpersonal skills
 An interest in supporting parent/caregiver and child relationships
 Basic understanding of child development & parenting issues
 Willing to do community outreach & development
Benefits of this training:
 Initial facilitator training provided along with continuing education opportunities
 Develop skills for career and personal growth
 Support families in your community
 Letter of reference upon request (minimum 1 year commitment)
We ask our volunteers to commit 3-5 hrs a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop relationships with the support circle participants within the context of the circle.
What past participants say:
The trainers were very informed with an obvious wealth of experience coupled with a solid academic background that support the activities.
I was taught how to be a facilitator not a caregiver.
This workshop was inspirational, timely, to the point, energetic, friendly.
This training helped move my one-on-one counselling skills into a group environment.

We have several openings for volunteers for Parenting Support Circles in communities such as: Duncan, Nanaimo, and Parksville.
For more information please contact:
Sandi at 250-468-9658
Email sandi@parentsupportbc.ca
Or call us toll free at or 1-877-345-9777 For more details and a downloadable application form visit www.parentsupportbc.ca/volunteers/

Download a poster about the training here: PSS VI Volunteer Trainings Oct 2018 – CI Final

Grandparent Raising Grandchildren (Kinship Care) Support Circles by Location

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circles are free, weekly gatherings are for anyone who is raising a family member’s child to safely share their challenges, receive support and understanding for their roles as caregivers. Groups meet regularly, and child-minding assistance or onsite child-minding is available if needed. Please be aware that the Support Circles are not a drop-in program and we do not advertize the exact locations of all the Circles for safety and privacy reasons. Please contact our GRG Support Line to get more information or to join a Circle. 1-855-474-9777 or email grgline@parentsupportbc.ca

    Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley

Abbotsford – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circle

  • Evenings – Twice Monthly – Mon 6:00-9:00 pm Downloadable pdf poster GRG Abbotsford

Chilliwack GRG Support Circle

  • Upcoming

Langley GRG Support Circle

  • Afternoons – Every 2nd Thurs 3:00-5:00 pm

Coquitlam GRG Support Circle

  • Evenings – Every 2nd Wed 6:00-8:00 pm

Vancouver (Mount Pleasant) GRG Support Circle

  • Evenings – Weekly – Thurs 6:15-8:15 pm.

Vancouver Island

VICTORIA

For locations & information on Circles and Events in the region – email victoria@parentuspportbc.ca or call  (250)384-8042
West Shore – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circle

  • Monthly Daytime Fridays 10-11:30 am

Victoria Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles

  • Evening group meets Monthly – 2nd Wednesdays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Esquimault)
  • Daytime group (temporarily closed)

Central/Northern Vancouver Island For locations & information on Circles and Events in the region – email parent@telus.net or call  (250)468-9658
Duncan Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle

  • Monthly Thursday evenings

Nanaimo Daytime Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle

  • Monthly – Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 am

Nanaimo Evening – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle

  • Monthly Wednedays

Comox Valley Aboriginal GRG Support Circle – Courtenay

  • Monthly – Last Thursday of the Month – 7:00-8:30 pm

Port Alberni Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle

  • The Port Alberni group is currently inactive. Grandparents are welcome to call the Central Island Coordinator at 250.468.9658 or call the GRG Information and Support Line at 1.855.474.9777.

Parksville Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle

  • Monthly – Friday Morning

Sunshine Coast

For locations & information on Circles and Events in the Sunshine Coast – email office@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-877-345-9777
Powell River Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle

  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays Mornings

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PRINCE GEORGE

For locations & information on Circles and Events in Prince George – email jessica.turner@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-250-962-0600

  • Prince George Native Friendship Centre Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle (1600 3rd Ave) Grand parenting support group for grandparents who are raising and/or the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. No cost. Every Tue 10:00am – 12pm. Call 250-962-0600 for more details. Download flyer here

KAMLOOPS

For locations & information on Circles and Events in Kamloops – email grgline@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-855-474-9777

  • GRG Kamloops Circle –  Call 1-855-474-9777 to register. 

KELOWNA

For locations & information on Circles and Events in the Okanagan – email grgline@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-855-474-9777

  • GRG Circle in Kelowna  Mondays 10-12 noon. For more information please call Kelowna Community Resources 250-763-8008 ext 125; Kelowna Family Centre 250-860-3181 or the GRG Support Line at 1-855-474-977.  Download flyer here.

Volunteer Facilitator Training

Volunteer Facilitators Needed in the Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Areas!
What: A 20 Hr Facilitator Training
Where: Burnaby When: July 27-29 , 2018
Qualifications: Good Listening and Interpersonal Skills; An Interest in Improving Caregiver and Child Relationships; Basic Understanding of Child Development and Parenting Issues; Willing to do Community Outreach and Connections; Speak English, Spanish, Filipino, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, and/or other languages; Able to volunteer in: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey
Benefits: Extensive Facilitation Training & Continuing Education Will Be Provided; Develop Skills for Career & Personal; Growth; Letter of Reference Upon Request (Minimum 1 Year Commitment)
For more information or to register: 604-669-1616 or email office@parentsupportbc.ca. Or visit our Volunteers Page. Check out our downloadable poster: PSS of BC – Volunteer Facilitator Training
Dates: July 27 – 29 in Burnaby

Friday 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm

Full Attendance is Required
Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
Contact: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca or call 604-669-1616 ext 106 for more info.

Saving for Your Child’s Education

Free, informational, 2 hr workshop on the Registered Educations Savings Plan

Strategies on how to afford your child’s post-secondary education

Date: June 14th, 2018
Time: 10 am to  12 noon
Place: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby

This workshop will cover :
1) What is an RESP;
2) How to apply for education grants from Provincial & Federal Government; and
3) How to open an RESP & get the support you need.

Offered in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s Financial Literacy/Empowerment Program

To Register or for more info, contact Daniela at:
daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca
604-669-1616 Ext.106

Download our poster: 2018-07 RESP Education Grant Workshop Flyer j (002)

Facilitator Training – Lower Mainland

Your chance to apply for PSS’s Volunteer Facilitator Training – July 27-29

Volunteer Facilitators Needed in the Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Areas!

What: A 20 Hr Facilitator Training
Where: Burnaby When: July 27-29 , 2018

Qualifications: Good Listening and Interpersonal Skills; An Interest in Improving Caregiver and Child Relationships; Basic Understanding of Child Development and Parenting Issues; Willing to do Community Outreach and Development; Speak English, Filipino, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, and/or other languages

Benefits: Extensive Facilitation Training & Continuing Education Will Be Provided; Develop Skills for Career & Personal Growth; Letter of Reference Upon Request (Minimum 1 Year Commitment)

We ask our volunteers to commit to 3-5 hours a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop close relationships with their Circle participants, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the parenting needs and resources each one of them requires.

For more information or to register 604-669-1616 or email office@parentsupportbc.ca. Or visit our Volunteers Page. Check out our downloadable poster: PSS of BC – Volunteer Facilitator Training
Dates: July 27 – 29 in Burnaby

Friday 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm

Full Attendance is Required
Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
Contact: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca or call 1-604-669-1616 Ext 106

Understanding Children & Technology

A FREE WORKSHOP FOR ANYONE IN A PARENTING ROLE.

When devices are not being used as digital babysitters or digital pacifiers, there are many positive aspects to using technology in the right way with our families. Join us as we begin to understand the role parents have in modelling technology use and guiding children to find the right balance between plugging in and unplugging.

When: Thursday, May 24th 10 am – 12 pm
Where: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby
For more info or to register: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca
or 604-669-1616 Ext 106

Limited childminding spaces available onsite. Please tell us you need childminding when you register.

In partnership with: information children

Financial contribution by: Government of BC, United Way Lower Mainland

Download a poster here

Parenting and the Whole-Brain Child

Parent Support Services Society of BC is hosting a workshop on ‘Parenting & The Whole Brain Child’ with Dr. Max Innes, family therapist; who will introduce an approach to parenting that will focus on providing practical ideas that are both effective and in keeping with recent findings from neuroscience – child brain development and behaviours.

This will take place on April 12, 2018, at our provincial office on 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby.
The workshop will start at 6:00PM & end at 8:00PM.

If you will be attending and need childminding, please register both yourself and your child(ren). There are limited spots available for childminding.

Please contact Daniela, to register at 604-669-1616 Ext.106 or daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca

Thank you!

Facilitator Training – Vancouver Island – May 4-6

Volunteer Facilitators Needed!
Learn to be an effective group leader
20 hrs Initial Training
May 4-6, 2018 Victoria BC
Full attendance required

Are you someone who has:
 Good listening & interpersonal skills
 An interest in supporting parent/caregiver and child relationships
 Basic understanding of child development & parenting issues
 Willing to do community outreach & development
Benefits of this training:
 Initial facilitator training provided along with continuing education opportunities
 Develop skills for career and personal growth
 Support families in your community
 Letter of reference upon request (minimum 1 year commitment)
We ask our volunteers to commit 3-5 hrs a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop relationships with the support circle participants within the context of the circle.
What past participants say:
The trainers were very informed with an obvious wealth of experience coupled with a solid academic background that support the activities.
I was taught how to be a facilitator not a caregiver.
This workshop was inspirational, timely, to the point, energetic, friendly.
This training helped move my one-on-one counselling skills into a group environment.

We have several openings for volunteers for Parenting Support Circles in communities such as: Greater Victoria, including Sooke and Westshore, Nanaimo, and Parksville.

For more information please contact
In the Victoria area: Annette at 250-384-8042
Email victoria@parentsupportbc.ca
In Central Island: Sandi at 250-468-9658
Email sandi@parentsupportbc.ca
Or call us toll free at or 1-877-345-9777 or visit www.parentsupportbc.ca/volunteers/

 

Kinship Care Youth May Now Be Eligible for Tuition Waivers

Expanded Provincial Tuition Waiver Program Eligibility Criteria September 2017

Tuition for former youth in care will be waived for B.C. students who are between 19 – 26 years of age (inclusive), attending a BC public post-secondary institution(s) and who have received care from the ministry or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of twenty-four months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination, of the following categories:

    • Continuing Custody Order pursuant to sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4) (d) or (7) or 49 (4), (5) or 10 (a) of the Act
    • Temporary Custody Order
    • Special Needs Agreement pursuant to section 7 of the Act
    • Voluntary Care Agreement pursuant to section 6 of the Act
    • Youth Agreement pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act
    • Extended Family Plan pursuant to section 8 of the Act
    • Permanent Transfer of Custody Order pursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the Act
    • Temporary Transfer of Custody pursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the Act

 The intent of the new policy is to take an inclusive approach.  If an individual falls outside of the above eligibility criteria, government will consider exceptions on an individual basis.

For more information please call our Kinship Care Support Line – 1-855-474-9777 Toll-free Or email grgline@parentsupportbc.ca

Hadih Community House Parent Support Circle

Sometimes Parenting is Hard

Too many problems and not enough support can make it hard for any one of us to be as patient and giving with our children as we’d like to be…

At Parent Support Circles, parents talk about how they are feeling about their children and themselves. They find understanding, support, and encouragement to be the parents they want to be.

Family Unity Support Circle: At Hadih Coommunity House

  • From 2-5 (must call to register)
  • Free
  • Transportation assistance offered
  • Open to all parents
  • Join any time
  • Facilitated by Trained Volunteers
  • Confidential
  • Child-minding & snacks available

For information and to join the circle: contact at 250-563-7976 or 250-962-0600; email: hadihhouse@carneyhill.ca or parentnorth@shaw.ca

Prince George Parent Testimonials:

“The group is a safe environment in which frustrations and anger can be safely vented so it is not taken out on our children.”

“I have learned some ways to be a good parent and not neglect small problems that may turn out to be bigger problems.”

“Circle is the only place I can go to express my struggles and feel understood … group is the most important support I have during my week.”