Connecting with community is a great way to meet new people and get support. There are groups and drop-in centres all around the province.
What kinds of community groups are there?
So many. Here are some common ones:
Groups for everyone
Community Centres have free and low cost activities, and can be accessed through your city's web page.
Couchsurfing.com connects locals with travellers. You can make friends from around the world at their free or low cost events.
Meetup has tons of local groups for people who share similar hobbies or interests. You can sign up and join as many groups as you like. Connect with members of your community for little to no cost.
To apply for the Financial Assistance program you'll need:
- An application form from your local Y.
- Your last year's tax return.
- Your past three pay stubs.
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of BC offer many programs for youth and young adults to connect and build strong ties to their communities.
Cultural centres focus on specific community connections and welcome people from all backgrounds to experience their culture, food, holidays, and traditions.
Redwire Media connects Aboriginal youth online through sharing stories and multi-media expression.
Sexual and Gender Identity Groups
LGBTQ2S* organizations and groups are welcoming of all sexual and gender identities.
Transgender Health offers support and drop-in groups for youth, young adults, and caregivers wanting to talk about transgender issues.
Groups for Youth In or From Care
Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks is a youth-driven organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people in and from government care in BC. Their programs and services help young people come together, get support, connect with learning opportunities, and unite their voices to create positive change in the system. They host BC Child & Youth in Care Week every June and Steering Committees Meetings three times a year.
Youth in Care Canada has a National Alumni Facebook group for youth in care to connect with one another.
Advocacy for People with Disabilities
Representative of Children and Youth (RCY) helps young adults eligible for Community Living BC.