“Proud to be the recipient of United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island funding for programs in 2018/19.”
“Proud to acknowledge funding from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island in 2018/2019.”
“Proud to acknowledge funding from the United Way of Greater Victoria in 2018/19”
Greater Victoria Region
For locations & information on Circles and Events in Greater Victoria – email email@example.com or call (250) 384-8042
Parent Support Circles
Colwood Parent Support Circle
- Evenings 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm
Saanich Parent Support Circle
- Evenings 2nd & 4th Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm
Victoria – Bridges for Women Parent Support Circle
- Temporarily Closed
Sooke Parent Support Circle
- Temporarily Closed
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren/Kinship Care Circles
View Royal Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
- Day time meets 2nd Friday of the month 10 am to 11:30 am.
Esquimalt Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
- Evening group meets every 2 weeks 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Central/Northern Vancouver Island
For locations & information on Circles and Events in the region – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (250)468-9658
Parent Support Circle – Arrowsmith-Coombs
- Weekly Tuesday evenings in Coombs 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Duncan Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
- Monthly Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm
Nanaimo Daytime Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
- Monthly – Tuesdays 10am – 12 noon
Nanaimo Evening – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
- Monthly 2nd Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – free on-site childminding – registration is required
Comox Valley Aboriginal GRG Support Circle – Courtenay
- The Comox Valley Aboriginal GRG Support Circle 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.
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/Qualicum Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle
- Monthly – Friday – 11:30 am-1:30 pm
VICTORIA (CAPITAL REGIONAL DISTRICT) OFFICE CENTRAL ISLAND OFFICE
TEL: (250) 384-8042
Toll Free: 1.877.345.9777
For more information or to join a Circle call the numbers above.
CENTRAL ISLAND OFFICE
Nanoose Bay, BC
Toll Free: 1.877.345.9777
FAX: (250) 468-9668
Program Coordinator: Sandi Halvorson
For more information or to join the group contact Sandi at the numbers above and also see our newsletter.
GRAND CONNECTION NEWSLETTER
For news on what is happening for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG’S) and other kinship care providers across the island!
Download the latest edition! Grand Connection Newsletter July 2019
Watch here for Free Workshops
GRG Family Events: Throughout the year special GRG family events are planned as resources are available. Such events may include family picnics, bowling, potluck supper, or seasonal craft making. These events provide an opportunity for GRG families to connect with other families from their own community as well as neighbouring communities.
Grandparents Day Celebration in Victoria: September 8, 2019
Grandparents Day Celebration in Nanaimo: September 8, 2019 12 pm to 2 pm Bowen Park, 500 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo., BC – lower picnic shelter area
GRG Nature Camps: For the past several summers the Parent Support Services Society of BC has worked in partnership with the Galiano Island Conservancy Association to offer Nature Camps on Galiano Island for grandparent families. These 2 night camps usually take place in August. This year’s camp takes place July 30 to August 1st, 2019 and is currently full.
SYSTEMATIC TRAINING FOR EFFECTIVE PARENTING (S.T.E.P.) PROGRAM
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P.) Program
S.T.E.P is a course for parents who wish to improve their relationships within their families. Parents will learn simple parenting, discipline, and communication skills. The programs are offered through Parent Support Services in Parksville when there are at least 8 participants registered. The program is presented in 8 two hour weekly sessions. The program cost is $25 and includes a workbook
For more information or to register for S.T.E.P. Program in Parksville please call 250-468-9658 or email email@example.com
FACILITATOR TRAINING Watch here for the next training session
Nanaimo: October 25th, 26th & 27th (link for more information)
Volunteer Facilitators Needed!
Learn to be an effective group leader
20 hrs Initial Training
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 different Vancouver Island communities.
For more information please contact:
For Victoria – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-384-8042
For Duncan, Nanaimo, and Parksville or other Vancouver Island communities contact Sandi at 250-468-9658
Or call us toll free at or 1-877-345-9777
For more details and a downloadable application form visit www.parentsupportbc.ca/volunteers/