Our Services

**Please note that our building is closed to the public at this time. Due to the wet weather we have had in the last months our office premises have experienced, and continue to experience, significant flooding and other issues. To ensure the safety of our staff and our members, we have closed the building for repair and further assessment. We will continue to support our members remotely and through alternate means, and are in the process of securing suitable space to so that 1UP can continue to fully provide the important services to our members and the community. Here’s a list of our current services and supports:
  • Every Wednesday, we offer MEMBERS MARKET DAY from 11 am to 1 pm. (location TBA)
  • Counselling (1 month waitlist) Email: lesley@singleparentvictoria.ca 
  • Parent Coaching
  • Parenting and Life Skills programs
  • Moms and Mentors program: Matches isolated single mothers with experienced mothers for a year of mentorship, friendship and support. Email sanni@singleparentvictoria.ca for more information.
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Counselling

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.

Members Market Day

Every Wednesday, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, members can drop by the Centre for some free food items. Thanks to COBS, we always have a variety of fresh bread. In summer, we have produce, as well as any number of foods through the Food Share Network. Email info@1-up.ca for more information.

Clothing & Goods

TEMPORARILY CLOSED We also have diapers and a variety toiletries available. To access our clothing room, email us or call the Centre at 250-385-1114.

Mentoring & 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
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. Please email lesley@singleparentvictoria.ca for more information.
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. Please email lesley@singleparentvictoria.ca for more information.

Parent Coaching

For parents who are looking for support with a specific parenting concern, speaking with a coach can be helpful in assisting to clarify issues and set goals related to their role as a parent. A shared process, with the coach serving as a guide, topics may include resilience, motivation, transitions, and healthy communication. For more information about Parent Coaching, CLICK HERE.

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.