Community Education & Development Services (CEDS) offers a web of support so that clients feel connected and empowered in all areas of their life. CEDS provide free programs and workshops in Community Food Skills, Community Connections, Parent Education, and Financial Empowerment that give newcomers, parents, and seniors the opportunity to engage gain new life skills and make new friends.


Neighbourhood Small Grants – New Westminster

Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) provides up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other and is available to anyone living in BC.  Applications open September 7, 2022. 



All programs are free and space is limited so please register first.

T: 604 525 9144


Designed for children in grades 5-6, Supercooks is a fun, engaging, hands-on cooking program. Children will make delicious, wholesome recipes while learning food and kitchen safety.

To register: contact your District Community School Coordinator

A Virtual Community Kitchen For All

Family Services of Greater Vancouver invites you and your family to learn new food skills and cook healthy recipes on a budget from the comfort of your own home. Be a part of our community group where everyone will share their favourite recipes and cooking tips. Learn from our resources, have fun budgeting and preparing meals with our guided support.

Grocery gift cards to help prepare meals will be available for a limited number of participants only. Register now at


Parents Connect

For parents of children 0 – 6 years old. Connect with other parents and participate in guided discussions.

Olivet Church
613 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Stay tuned for upcoming dates or email for more information.


Arts and Songs/Creative Explorations

For parents and children ages 2.5 to 5 years old. Explore children’s creative self through arts and crafts, songs and stories. Parent participation required.

École Qayqayt Elementary School
85 Merivale St, New Westminster
Stay tuned for upcoming dates or email for more information.


Raising Exceptional Children

A support group for parents of children with special needs. Connect with other parents, share the challenges of parenting exceptional children, and learn about community resources.

New Westminster Family Place
93 Sixth St, New Westminster
Stay tuned for upcoming dates or email for more information.


Food, Fun and Facts

For parents and caregivers of children age 0 – 6 years old. Meet your neighbours and connect around all things food and nutrition.

Olivet Church
613 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Stay tuned for upcoming dates or email for more information.


Single Mom’s Group

Support group for moms raising children on their own. Connect with other moms about the joys and challenges of solo parenting and learn about community resources.

Olivet Church
613 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Stay tuned for upcoming dates or email for more information.

Literacy New West

Literacy is about more than reading; the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute is critical to your health, employment, community participation, personal finances, political involvement, health and safety, and so much more.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver coordinates several literacy development programs in New Westminster. 

Learn More

Email for more information.

“Since attending this program, I made some new friends. It opened a door for me, instead of staying home. The most important thing is that I learned how to build secure attachment with my kids.”

– Caring Neighbours client



All programs are Virtual and Free! Space is limited so please register.

T: 604 279 7100

Nobody’s Perfect Parents Support Group

A free program offered in English for parents/grandparents with children (age 0-5) MEET with other parents of young children. SHARE questions, concerns and ideas about being a parent. LEARN about child development, safety, health and behaviour. DISCUSS real-life parenting situations. DISCOVER positive ways of parenting.

Stay tuned for upcoming dates, email for more
information or contact Bilquis Hirani at


Cooking and Language Support

A free program for families and their children. Practice your English. Learn to cook low cost, healthy, and nutritious food. Learn about your community Resources.

DATE: Every Friday  TIME: 10am – 12pm
REGISTER: Contact Joanne at or Minoo Javadi at 778 885 5165

Food Skills and Cooking Classes

Learn how to do more with less. Learn new recipes and cooking skills.

DATE: Every Wednesday  TIME: 10am – 11am
REGISTER: Contact Minoo Javadi at or 778 885 5165

Art & Songs and Creative Explorations

Where parents with children ages 2.5 – 5 years old explore children’s creative self through art, songs, crafts and stories. Parent participation is required.

DATE: June 17 – July 22 (Every Wednesday for 6 weeks) TIME: 10am – 11am
REGISTER: Contact Angel Pui-Ling Wong at

Richmond Family and Friends

A program for newcomer families with young children who would like to meet local volunteer families The Richmond Family Friend Program connects newcomer families with children 0–6 years, to volunteer families living in Richmond. Newcomer families, with the support of their volunteer family will: learn about community resources, connect with people and programs in the community, explore Richmond together, participate in English Conversation circles, parenting workshops, cooking groups, and more…

REGISTER: Contact Bilquis Hirani at or Angel Wong or call 604 279 7100

About Community Education & Development Services

Community Education and Development Services’ programs help create more inclusive communities, so people have the connections and support they need to face life’s challenges. 

We support individuals dealing with challenging circumstances such as living with poverty, being a newcomer to Canada, not speaking English, struggling with parenting, or dealing with isolation.

Many of our programs are offered in collaboration with other partner organizations, promoting additional networks of support.

Community Education and Development Services works closely with volunteers–we are incredibly grateful to each and every one. Thank you for the incredible work you do!

Contact Us


Caring Neighbours

301 – 321 Sixth Street
T: 604 525 9144




Caring Neighbours

250 – 7000 Minoru Blvd.

T: 604 279 7100


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