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

Victoria – Bridges for Women Parent Support Circle  

  • Temporarily Closed

Sooke Parent Support Circle  

  • Temporarily Closed

West Shore 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

West Shore – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle

  • Monthly Daytime  2nd Friday 10-11:30 am

Victoria Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles

  • Evening group meets twice monthly – 1st & 3rd Mondays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Esquimalt)

Central/Northern Vancouver Island For locations & information on Circles and Events in the region – email or call  (250)468-9658
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 Wednesdays 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 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle

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


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

Program Coordinator: Maxine Machar
For more information or to join a Circle contact Maxine at the numbers above.


P.O. Box 86
Nanoose Bay, BC
V9P 9J9

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 Connections Newsletter November 2018 (VI)

Free Workshop: Electronic Media and Young Children: Positive and Negative Effects on Development

Wednesday, November 28th 7:00 to 8:30 pm

  • Yakimovich Wellness Centre, Hillside Seniors Health Centre
  • 1454 Hillside Ave., Victoria
  • Guest speaker: Ulrich Mueller, PhD – University of Victoria Speakers Bureau
  • RSVP by Friday, November 23rd – seating limited
  • Email or call 250-384-8042

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: Duncan, Nanaimo, and Parksville.
For more information please 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

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