Family Capacity Program
Parents need support and encouragement too! Facing the daily challenges of raising a family is difficult. The Family Capacity Program supports and promotes improvement in parenting.
The Family Capacity Program’s goal is to promote a healthy family environment for children to grow and mature into healthy adults.
Our work is to support parents be the best they can for their children.
To learn more, contact our office Karin Stotzer at (250) 746-5521 or send her an e-mail
Open Door Youth Services Centre
The Open Door Youth Services Centre, located at 371 Festubert Street, provides a safe space for youth to shower (one at a time, no bags allowed in the shower room, basic toiletries provided), laundry facilities, nurse on site with no appointment needed. Prescriptions available, also offering some paediatric care for youth mothers. Youth are invited to engage with caring staff and connected with other supports in the community.
The Open Door also offers light snacks (muffins, pizza pops) and basic coffees, teas and hot chocolate. The Open Door gladly accepts donations from the community in order to facilitate these services. Our kind neighbours in the Cowichan Valley provide the Open Door with treats as well as clothing donations and hygiene products.
The Open Door can be reached by telephone at (250) 597-1372, extension 156.
Rainbows is a support group program for children between the ages of 6 – 12 who have suffered a significant loss in their lives, either by death, divorce or any other painful transition.
Rainbows is free of charge to all registrants and is offered multiple times per year. The program is funded by BC Gaming. To learn more, please contact (250) 746-5521 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Abuse Intervention Program
This counselling program is designed for children and youth up to age 19 who have experienced sexual assault and/or abuse. The program also provides services to children up to age 12 with sexually intrusive behaviours. Our goal is to help children, youth, and their families recover from the trauma of sexual abuse.
Children, youth, and/or their families may request services on their own initiative or be referred by other community programs or agencies. This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
To learn more, please call us at (250) 746-5521 or send us an e-mail.
U-Fix It BikeWorks & ArtWorks Program
BikeWorks and ArtWorks are outreach programs available to all youth in the Cowichan Valley. Our mission is to help build a more caring community by engaging with youth while promoting cycling, fitness and environmental awareness. We provide space, tools, parts and adult role models in order to help young people fix bikes. We create opportunities for them to earn their own set of wheels by engaging in creative activities and helping provide affordable cycling services to the community.
With ArtWorks, we strive to stimulate the imagination and build creative skills for the present and the future. Youth have the opportunity to gain a sense of independence and accomplishment while participating in a variety of creative group and individual art and craft projects.
With no fee and no referral needed, the Bike Shop and ArtWorks is a fun-filled place to meet new friends, learn new things and build a bike or create some form of art.
The U-Fix it BikeWorks & ArtWorks is located at 51 Trunk Road in Duncan, BC.
The hours of operation are 2:30-5:30 Tuesday to Friday, and 12-4 on Saturdays.
SUMMER HOURS: (July to September) Tuesday to Friday 10:30 – 2:30.
BikeWorks happily accepts donations of bikes, bike parts and art supplies.
To contact the Bike Shop please call (250) 746-5512.
Youth Outreach Engagement Project Team
There is an urgent, regional need to support street-involved and at-risk youth and young adults in the Cowichan Valley. The Child and Youth Services program of the CMHA-CVB employs eight mobile Youth Outreach Engagement Workers working in teams of two to cover the Cowichan Valley.
The teams provide homeless youth access to services, nourishment, social connectivity and empathy. Whether it is taking someone for a coffee, providing critical support or simply listening, Youth Outreach Workers are often the only friendly face at-risk youth encounter in their daily lives.
The Youth Outreach Team mini-van frequents camp areas and other temporary sites to supply homeless youth with such necessities as water, food, clothing, tents, blankets, and even basic first aid. Many of the youth who are connected with the Outreach team are focused on survival, often self-medicating to get through their day. Given the right supports, they would have the potential for recovery and to lead full, healthy lives.
Please phone: (250) 732-2395