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COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND CONNECTIONS

Programs and services that build resilient communities

At some point in life, we all get stuck. But when we’re part of a strong community, we’re better able to help each other out when things get tough. Having a safe place to go where you have a sense of belonging and people you can count on during hard times is what a resilient community is all about. As one of FSGV’s four key impact areas, we’ve seen that building resilient communities begins with building resilient individuals. We offer a number of programs and services which offer individuals and families the tools, inspiration and social connections needed to build resilience, and therefore a strong and resilient community.

COMMUNITY KITCHENS AND FOOD SKILLS

Community Kitchens (Richmond and New Westminster)

Cooking sessions to learn food skills and connect with other members of the community

Community Kitchens in Richmond and New Westminster bring together members of the community, including seniors, immigrants, youth, new moms, and other groups, to connect and cook together. Participants learn food skills and how to cook healthy recipes, but, most importantly, they develop valuable interpersonal relationships that build healthy, resilient families and communities.

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Food Skills for Families (Vancouver)

6-week program for at-risk populations including newcomers, seniors, and people on low incomes

A hands-on curriculum that makes healthy eating, shopping, and cooking easy, quick, and fun. Gain confidence in the kitchen and learn to make healthy meals and snacks..

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PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN

Parents Connect (New Westminster)

Discussion group for parents of young children

Guided discussion groups for parents with children 6 years and under. Families new to Canada are matched with mentor families who have lived in Canada for a long time. Mentor families offer support and knowledge about Canadian culture, raising children in Canada, and tips on local programs in communities. Both sides have an opportunity to increase parenting skills. Programs offered for children 1 year and up, while younger children stay with their parent in the adult program room. Bus tickets and snacks available. To learn more, call 604-525-9144 ext. 3636 or 604-368-2154 or email ceds-nw@fsgv.ca

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Single Moms’ Support Group (New Westminster)

Support group for single moms with young children

Program to help single moms with children 0-5 years old living in New Westminster connect with other moms, share the joys and challenges of solo parenting, and learn about community resources. Bus tickets and free child minding are available.

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PROGRAMS FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS

ESL for Immigrant/Refugee Seniors (New Westminster)

ESL classes for senior immigrants and refugees

Classes helping senior immigrants and refugees learn beginner and literacy-level English.

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ESL Conversation Circles (New Westminster)

Drop-in conversation circles for adults who want to meet people and practice speaking English

Make friends and practice your English language skills at the New Westminster Public Library.

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ESL Cooking (Richmond and New Westminster)

Cooking sessions for people learning English

Cook with other English learners while getting the chance to practice your language skills.

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PROGRAMS FOR NEWCOMERS

Richmond Family Friend (Richmond)

Mentorship for immigrant families living in Richmond

Immigrant families residing in Richmond are matched with trained volunteers who help them settle into the Richmond community and learn about life in Canada by sharing their experiences.

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Caring Neighbours (New Westminster)

Annual giving program for low income families and seniors living in New Westminster

During the holiday season families and/or seniors living in New Westminster are matched to a donor-sponsor who delivers food, gifts, or other essential supplies. Families and/or seniors have a chance to connect with their donor in person and receive their gifts.

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FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

Money Skills (various locations)

Financial workshops for people on low incomes, newcomers, youth, and seniors

Financial education workshops that teach participants about budgeting, credit/debit management, banking, saving and investing, and consumerism.
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Prosper One-on-one Financial Coaching (Vancouver and New Westminster)

Financial coaching for newcomers, youth, seniors, and people on low incomes

Receive up to three one-on-one sessions with a financial coach. Sessions may cover topics such as setting financial goals, developing a budget/financial action plan, investing in Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP), Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA), Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP) and Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP), as well as helping file for government benefits.
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RESP Information Sessions and Support (various locations)

Information sessions for anyone who wishes to open an RESP account for a child

Learn how to receive free government grants for children’s education savings. One-on-one support is also available. For parents and families living in Metro Vancouver.
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NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS

Neighbourhood Small Grants (New Westminster)

A grants program supporting community building initiatives in New Westminster

Open to all New Westminster residents, Neighbourhood Small Grants encourages residents to generate ideas for how their neighbourhood could be strengthened. Small grants are given to groups who want to work together on small projects to enhance their community socially, physically, or culturally.

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