Our Services 2

Our single parent members are able to access many services and support at no cost

Counselling

1Up offers free services to single parents for life’s challenges through free individual counselling sessions with our 1Up Counsellor.

To learn more or book a session, please call our front desk at (250) 385-1114 today.

Clothing & Goods

1Up helps to meet the day to day practical needs of our members through our:

  • free clothing and household goods room,
  • bread pantry,
  • book library and toy room.

1Up offers our members baby equipment, emergency food, school snacks, birthday gifts and Christmas hampers filled with gifts, goodies and holiday cheer.

Mentoring & Education

1Up offers programs to provide support, capacity building and education.

The MOMentum: Moms and Mentors Series matches isolated single mothers with experienced mothers for a year of mentorship, friendship and support. The moms, mentors and their children meet for coffee, play dates and lots of fun, and join other “matches” for monthly gatherings and workshops. Find out more

Dads with Dads is a weekly drop-in group that brings single parent fathers together for education, support and friendship. Fathers explore parenting skills, strategies for coping with separation from children, grief and loss, co-parenting, self-discovery, balance with social life, work and family, information on resources and advocacy. Find out more

Our Parenting Education Program offers a wide range of parenting and life skills development courses and peer support groups to  parents throughout the community. Our classes are scheduled from September to June.  Course fees are on a sliding scale and we are committed to ensuring that financial hardship is not a barrier for parents wanting to register for courses. Courses Currently Being Offered

School Supplies

Beginning of the school year is exciting. Each the year 1Up offers members an opportunity to receive backpacks full of school supplies for each of their children going into Kindergarten through to Grade 12. A list is started, usually in early summer, where names are added on a first-come, first-served basis.

With the immense support of Henry Shein and Staples, we are able to provide an average of 250 backpacks each year to school-aged children.

Volunteering

Throughout the year 1Up offers members opportunities to build social connections and community with each other through special events, gatherings and peer support opportunities. Events

Volunteers are a huge part of 1Up services and supports – we simply couldn’t serve our 1800 plus member families without them! Our Peer Helper Training Program prepares volunteers to provide reception, individual support, and resource information for the Centre and its members. Become a Volunteer