Our Services


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

To learn more email Lesley or call the Centre at 250-385-1114.

Clothing & Goods

For those single parents who want to access our free clothing room, we are currently pre-scheduling appointments for parents to come into the Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

We also have diapers and a variety toiletries available. Simply ask a staff for more information.

To access our clothing room, email us or call the Centre at 250-385-1114.

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 (currently via Zoom) 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. Email lesley@singleparentvictoria.ca for more information.

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.  All of our courses are free, ensuring that financial hardship is not a barrier for parents wanting to register for courses. Email lesley@singleparentvictoria.ca for more information.

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.



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

Volunteers are a huge part of 1Up services and supports – we simply couldn’t serve our 1800 plus member families without them! Become a Volunteer