Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island

“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 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 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

      • 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/Qualicum Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle

      • Monthly – Friday  – 11:30 am-1:30 pm


TEL: (250) 384-8042
Toll Free: 1.877.345.9777

Program Coordinator:
For more information or to join a Circle call the  numbers above.


Nanoose Bay, BC

TEL:(250) 468-9658
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.



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. Info here.

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.


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

FACILITATOR TRAINING Watch here for the next training session
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 communities such as: Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo,  and Parksville.
For more information please contact:

For Victoria – contact or 250-384-8042
For Duncan, Nanaimo, and Parksville 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