RICHMOND FAMILY FRIEND
Many immigrant families feel isolated in their new country. They face the stress of raising children in a place where they don’t know the systems, and they often have language barriers. They feel alone and could use a friend who knows the community.
The Family Friend program matches struggling Richmond immigrant parents of young children with a mentor in their community. The mentor is a volunteer who will connect with the parent(s) as a friend and supporter to help them get better acquainted with their community.
Funding for this program is provided by the Auxilium Foundation.
I am a parent who would like to be matched with a volunteer
The Family Friend program can help you if you are:
- Finding it difficult to be a parent
- Feeling isolated and alone
- Struggling with life changes
- Experiencing language barriers
- Wanting to learn about life in Canada
- Trying to find community resources that can help you
A Family Friend will provide you with support and friendship and connect you with people and programs in the community, as well as helping you explore your new community.
To be eligible, you must live in Richmond and have at least one child under the age of five.
I would like to volunteer as a Family Friend
Becoming a Family Friend is a great way to make a positive impact in the Richmond community by helping new Canadian families feel more at home.
If you are a parent or grandparent, or have experience working with children, you can make a difference in the life of an immigrant family. As a volunteer, you will be provided with training and ongoing support so you can share your life experiences and become a mentor and a friend to a new Canadian.
To become a Family Friend, you need to be available for two to four hours each week. Once you’re matched with a new immigrant family, you will spend time together, helping them understand their new country and take part in activities in their community.