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Community resources

Each community within the VCH region has community resources available for families.

Across VCH

Event Description
Baby's Best Chance
This book is designed to help parents during their pregnancy and prepare them for the birth of their baby and the first six months of their baby's life.
bc211Provide information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.
BC Association of Family Resources Program
Supports the development of diverse healthy families with children prenatal to six years old using a family-centered practice.

BC Council for Families

For over 40 years BCCF has been developing and delivering family support resources and training programs to professionals across the province that focus on prevention, inclusiveness and building skills and confidence.
811 / HealthLink BC
Provides access to non-emergency health information and advice in BC via telephone, a website, a mobile app and a collection of print resources.
Healthy Families BC BC's health promotion plan to encourage British Columbians to make healthier choices at every stage of life.
Toddler's First StepsA Best Chance Guide to Parenting Your 6- to 36-Month-Old ChildThis book is designed to help parents cope with the challenges and create a stimulating, safe environment for their child as they grow from six months old up to 36 months old.

North Shore (North & West Vancouver)

Event Description
Parent-Infant Drop-In - John Braithwaite Community Centre

Provides new parents with the chance to connect with, and get support from, other parents and health care professionals to discuss infant growth and development, nutrition, safety and adjustment to parenthood.
Parent-Infant Drop-In - Lynn Valley Road
Provides new parents with the chance to connect with, and get support from, other parents and health care professionals to discuss infant growth and development, nutrition, safety and adjustment to parenthood.
Parent-Infant Drop-In - Parkgate Community Health Centre
Provides new parents with the chance to connect with, and get support from, other parents and health care professionals to discuss infant growth and development, nutrition, safety and adjustment to parenthood.
Free (or low cost) things to do with your baby & child on the North Share
This handy guide produced by North Shore Neighbourhood House is updated seasonally.
Dental Public Health Program – North Shore

Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.

North Shore Community ResourcesNSCR provides a broad spectrum of resources and services to North Shore residents with programing for families and children, seniors, information and referral, volunteer connections, legal information and advocacy, and more.

Powell River

Event Description
Family Friendly Powell River

This Interactive Events Calendar highlights local events and organizations helping to deliver family-friendly events in Powell River.
Dental Public Health Program – Powell River
Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.

Richmond

Event Description
Richmond Children First
Good general information on services for families in Richmond
VCH Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting
Richmond's Guide to Helping Services – a VCH child development guide for parents of children up to 5 years old.
Richmond Kids
For kids 0 to 6 and their families
Dental Public Health Program – Richmond
Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.

Sea to Sky

Event Description
Sea to Sky Kids
A website created through the local BC Early Years Centre, Putting Children First Initiative, Success By 6 and Sea to Sky Community Services to serve and provide families and service providers with easy access to information in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Dental Public Health Program – Pemberton
Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.
Dental Public Health Program – Squamish
Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.
Dental Public Health Program – Whistler Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.

Sunshine Coast

Event Description

Sunshine Coast Community Services

A website created through the local BC Early Years Centre, Putting Children First Initiative, Success By 6 and Sea to Sky Community Services to serve and provide families and service providers with easy access to information in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Bellies and Babies

Prenatal Nutrition Drop-in for pregnant mothers and mothers with babies 0-1 yr: includes two weekly hot lunch groups, cooking and nutritional information for a healthy pregnancy, support for breastfeeding and baby's first foods, clothing swaps, resource sharing and one-to-one support.

Mondays: Gibson & Area Community Centre 11 am – 1 pm

Tuesdays: Sechelt Community Services 11 am – 1 pm

Dental Public Health Program – Pender Harbour
Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.
Dental Public Health Program – Gibsons
Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.

Food banks & related food services

Good Food BoxOnce per month low-cost vegetable and fruit box available to all residents on the Sunshine Coast. Tel: 604-885-6801
Onestraw Society

A Food Security network helping people access and engage in a local, resilient, sustainable food system.

Pender Harbour Outreach Healthy Meal Program
Home-cooked meals delivered Mondays from Secret Cove to Egmont for for $10/meal. Tel: 604-883-2819
Pender Harbour Food BankFree grocery items every second Monday: noon to 12:30 PM. Tel: (604) 883-2270
Salvation Army
Providing a free lunch to all residents in need on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Salvation Army Food Bank Gibsons

Harvest of Hope Food Bank offers a monthly box for registered clients of the Salvation Army on Wednesday and Thursday from 11- 12 each week Tel: 604-886-3665
St Bart's Food BankFood Distribution: Third Wednesday of each month from 1 – 3 pm in the Church Hall
Sunshine Coast Community Services Food bank
Food distribution: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 am – 1 pm Tel: 604-885-5881, ext. 240

Vancouver

Event Description
Association of Neighbourhood HousesOverseeing seven neighbourhood houses and an outdoor centre, through which they operate more than 300 community-based programs and services for a diversity of participants.
Kids vancouver.comLower Mainland's Family Resource
City of Vancouver – Children and childcare in Vancouver Resources for parents and caregivers as well as childcare providers in the City of Vancouver.
Dental Public Health Program – Vancouver
Providing prevention and early intervention services for children 1-5 years to prevent early childhood dental disease.
Vancouver Community Centres
24 Vancouver community centres that focus on recreational, social, and cultural activities including Family resources and activities.
Vancouver Family Connections
Created by a group of Neighbourhood Houses and Family Places throughout the City of Vancouver to provide a centralized resource for accessing family related services.
Vancouver Public LibrariesPrograms for families through story times, classes and workshops that support lifelong learning, reading and information needs.
Vancouver School Board StrongStart Early Learning Centres
A free drop-in program offered to parents and caregivers with children ages 0 – 5 that emphasizes learning through play, language and positive social interactions.
Vancouver Society of Children's CentresA non-profit community based organization which has developed and delivered a range of licensed child care services and family resource programs since 1995, out of a range of state of the art program centres in Downtown Vancouver.
Westcoast Child Care Resource CentreInspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning
Westcoast Childcare Resource CentreProvides information, referrals, training and resources to families, individuals and organizations who are seeking the best care and early learning for children.
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Programs for families and their children to support strong and connected families within the community.


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