What's on this month

What's happening at Community Services this month? There's always a lot going on with over 30+ programs that serve the community!

In addition to our regular programming, here's a list of upcoming events. If you would like more information about any of our programs and services, contact 604-885-5881 to speak to our Client Navigator or email navigator@sccss.ca - they will help find the right resources for you!

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Special Events

Citizen Leaders: Growing the Community from Within

Leading the way to dynamic and vibrant communities. Are you a social services sector volunteer or employee on the Sunshine Coast looking to grow your ability to contribute in meaningful ways to your community? Do you want to learn how to be a leader in a style that aligns with your values and those of your organization? Would you like to develop your understanding of how non-profit organizations function to secure a new job or become more effective in your current role? If so, this micro-credential is for you!

This course was developed by Capilano University in partnership with Sunshine Coast Community Services Society, Open Door Group/Work BC, and the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization. Financial support provided by the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

DETAILS: Bootcamp format: Three 6-hour, in-person courses. There will be one hour for lunch.
WHEN: Courses run on May 27, June 3 and June 10.
WHERE: Courses are held at the kálax-ay Capilano University campus in Sechelt, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
COST: $294 ($280 tuition + GST)
 
Learn more at Citizen Leaders: Growing the Community from Within
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Food Sense: Healthy Cooking on a Budget

Want to learn more about healthy cooking on a budget? Join our Food Skills for Families program - a free six-week program that is all about developing your food skills, having fun and eating!

We will cook simple nutritious meals, learn to read nutrition labels and tour a local grocery store, and cook yummy, healthy recipes such as hummus, kale salad, roasted veggies, quesadillas, granola bites, veggie fritters, homemade pizza and apple crisp.

WHEN: Thursdays, May 17 - June 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
WHERE: Rockwood Lodge Kitchen, 5511 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt.
COST: There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Chris Hergesheimer, Lead Food Programmer. Email: chergesheimer@sccss.ca
 
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Bellies and Babies / Parent-Tot Drop-In

Our Saturday Parent-Tot Drop-In is now open on Saturdays from 9:30am - 11:30 am. Thank you for your patience with the gradual reopening of programming. For regular Bellies and Babies scheduling, click here. For regular Parent-Tot Drop-In scheduling, click here.

Song, Story and Rhyme Fun
Discover the power and pleasure of rhymes, songs and stories. Our musical volunteer, Lea, will lead us through five weeks of music and rhyme. Connect with your children and spend time together singing, playing instruments!

WHO: Parents/caregivers and their child.
WHEN: Fridays, May 20 - June 24, 10:00 - 11:30 am
WHERE: The Family Place, 5520 Trail Avenue, Sechelt.
COST: There is no cost to attend. Registration required. To register or for more information contact Shirley French on 604-865-1108 or email sfrench@sccss.ca.

Child Care Resource and Referral

Stop by our child friendly office — there is a play area for the children — and find out how the Child Care Resource and Referral Program can support you. For more regular operating hours in Sechelt and Gibsons, click here. For more detailed information or register for events, visit coastccrr.ca, email coastccrr@sccss.ca or call 604-885-5657.

Dads Matter

Dads Matter is an 8-week program for fathers looking to up their fathering game. You want to be the best Dad you can be and we are here to help you achieve that goal. Come meet other fathers in the community and learn:

  • about the change in the fathering role
  • about the importance of fathers
  • developmental stages
  • how to set a good example
  • effective discipline without punishment
  • how to enhance the connection with your child(ren)
  • about your own reactions and how to gain more control
WHO: All Dads are welcome!
WHEN: Tuesday evenings, April 12 - May 31 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
WHERE: Rockwood Pavillion, Sechelt. Dinner is included.
COST: There is no cost to attend. To register or for more information contact coastccrr@sccss.ca or call 604-885-5657.

Early Childhood Educator Information Evening

Are you interested in a rewarding career working with young children? Learn what's involved in becoming qualified as an Early Childhood Educator. Find out about the different program options available and funding you might qualify for through WorkBC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC. ECE Programs are flexible  and you can choose from part-time or full-time study, online or in class or a combination of both. Snacks and refreshments provided. 1.5 hour Pro-D certificates are available.

WHO: This is open to everyone. Child care providers interested in options for their staff are welcome to attend.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
WHERE: Sunshine coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa Street, Sechelt.
COST: This event is FREE to attend, registration required. To register or for more information contact coastccrr@sccss.ca or call 604-885-5657.

Nature and Nurture Workshop - Celebrating Child Care Providers

Please join us for a planting workshop where each participant will create a beautiful planter full of annual flowers. We will also investigate the BC Early Learning Framework and how planting can be included in our Living Enquiries in our centres. No need to bring anything! We will supply the flowers, soil, and pots. We will also provide lunch to all participants. 2 hour Pro-D certificates are available.

WHO: Child care providers and other early childhood professionals.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 28 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
WHERE: The Family Place, 5520 Trail Avenue, Sechelt.
COST: This event is FREE to attend, registration required. To register or for more information contact coastccrr@sccss.ca or call 604-885-5657.

Sunshine Coast Food Bank

Food is distributed to our customers on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Will it be your first time accessing the Food Bank? Check here for details on what to bring for your first visit. For more information call 604-885-5881 ext. 240 or email scfoodbank@sccss.ca.

WHEN: Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm and 4.00 pm to 6:00 pm and Thursday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: 5657 Lamprey Lane, Sechelt

Arrowhead Clubhouse

Arrowhead Clubhouse is a place where people living with mental illness can come to learn skills, get support and build relationships in a safe, stigma-free environment. For more information on Arrowhead Clubhouse and how you can become a member contact fhatton@sccss.ca or visit arrowclub.org.

WHO: Arrowhead Clubhouse members.
WHEN: Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am to 3.30 pm. Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
WHERE: 5554 Inlet Avenue, Sechelt.

Community Services Thrift Store

At the Community Services Thrift Store, you can find all sorts of gems! We are a social enterprise and not-for-profit and operate with the dedication of volunteers. Every dollar at our Thrift store goes directly toward supporting SCCSS programs and participants.

WHEN: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and holidays
WHERE: 731 North Road, Gibsons.

Youth Outreach

The Youth Outreach team support folks 13-23 to connect with resources they need and to increase personal safety. You will find them out and about in the community at beaches, shopping malls, skate parks, community centres and more, hosting events and being there to support youth. Need to talk? Message them on Facebook, Instagram or call 604-865-0178.

Gender Diverse Network

An all ages community space for local and gender diverse folks to connect and share. The drop-in is on the second Thursday of every month from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Sechelt Youth Centre, 5538 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt and snacks are provided. There is also a Zoom option for those who wish to join virtually (details below).

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
WHERE: In person at Sechelt Youth Centre or via Zoom - 820 9651 4371. Passcode: MarshaP.
COST: There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Shayne 604-865-0812 or email sforster@sccss.ca.

Queer Youth Drop-In

A chance to hang out, have fun and get to know your community! This is a drop-in event so no registration is required. For youth age12-24. Snacks provided.

WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
WHERE: Sechelt Youth Centre
COST: For more information, contact the Youth Outreach team on Instagram @scyouthoutreach.

Child and Family Counselling

Child and Family Counselling provides individual and group counselling for families, children, youth and adults. We use a collaborative approach, build on strengths to develop positive relationships, helping families find their best solutions.

Y Mind - Learn to Cope with Stress

Everyone experiences worries and stress. Y Mind is here to help young people learn how to cope with stress so they can live their best lives. This program is run by caring, trained staff in a safe, supportive environment.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm starting April 19 - May 31.
WHERE: Online via Zoom. Registration required.
COST: There is no cost to attend. Contact Adriana for more information or to register. Call or text 604-865-0167 or email: alademann@sccss.ca.