Our Services

Are you a single parent, supporting dependant children from 0 to 18?



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 11am to 2pm, 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 always have fresh produce available from Northstar Organics farm, as well as any number of foods through the Food Share Network. Email info@1-up.ca for more information.

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. 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.