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Central Island Support Groups

Alzheimer Society of BC: Alzheimer Society of BC provides support and information to people with dementia and their family and friends. Services include support groups, education, information and referrals. Our Nanaimo resource centre covers all of the Island north of the Malahat, with support groups and education programs in Cowichan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Port Alberni, and Campbell River. Contact: [email protected]  250-734-4170 Toll free: 1-800-462-2833

Chronic Pain Support Group: A relaxed setting where you can share openly with those in similar situations.  If you are not ready to share yet, come and listen.   Contact James Carr at 250-802-7749 after 11 am for details of location and time.

Dads Make A Difference: Peer to Peer meeting weekly to support the important role that will have a lasting impact on your child(ren).  Every week we start with a dinner at 6 pm, and if you can join us for dinner please contact the office to let them know.  Our regular group meeting starts at 7pm. Call 250-716-1551 or email [email protected]

F.E.A.T.H.E.R.S: A group of parrot lovers that get together with our companion parrots for fun, friendship and support. We meet monthly on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 to 4:00p.m. at St. Anne's and St. Edmonds Anglican church hall on Wembley Avenue in Parksville.  Contact: [email protected] 250-722-2201

Foster Parents Support Services Society: There are more than 1,500 children & youth in foster care on Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. We desperately need more families committed to helping these children   Do you feel you could foster greatness? Contact: [email protected]

Fibromyalgia Support Group:
The support group provides a relaxed setting where you can share openly with those in a similar situation.  If you are not ready to share yet, come and listen.  Contact James Carr at 250-802-7749 after 11 am for details of location and time.

Haven Society: Provides services to women, children, youth & familes who have experienced violence and are seeking support to recover from physical, sexual and psychological abuse. Haven's programs include providing shelter, emotional support, group and one-to-one counselling, advocacy, and most importantly a safe place to begin the healing from abuse.
Contact: [email protected] 250-756-2452

Infertility Support Group: Infertility Awareness Association of Canada endorsed support group for individuals and/or couples experiencing the challenges of infertility. Mutual support, education, & resources provided. Contact: [email protected]   250-741-4421

ISLAND COUNSELLING offers: Women's Wellness/Support GroupsRelationship, Family, Stress, Depression, Anger, Grief/Loss.
Small, safe, confidential     Every Monday, 1-3 or  7-9 pm
Pre-register  by donation

MIB Mens Support Group: Are you looking to make changes in your life? Looking to challenge yourself? Looking for a place to Grow as a Man among men? Come join our strong circle of men supporting Men. We challenge and support you to Show Up in your life in new ways. Regular meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of the month 6:30-9:30pm. Contact: [email protected]   250-753-9867

Nanaimo Breast Cancer Support Group: Whether you are newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor, you are welcome to attend our Monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month at the Cancer Society on Poplar St. from 7-8:30 PM. For more information, please call Maryanna at 250-751-1956 or call the Cancer Society at 741-8180

Nanaimo Men's Resource Centre: Offers support, referral and educational services to men and their families. Over 13 programs from Counselling, Dads Make A Difference Programs, Anger Management Courses, and Drop Ins for Divorce and Separation, Parental Alienation and more.  (250)716-1551

Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association
(250)753-232  Click for more info

Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre:
Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre is a registered non-profit charity serving seniors and persons with disabilities since 1990. We offer programs and services to promote greater participation in our community. # 2 – 4166 Departure Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 4B7.  Contact: [email protected] or 250 – 758 – 5547

Nanaimo Weight Loss Surgery Support Group: Support and information regarding all aspects of weight loss surgery and issues faced by individuals struggling with obesity.  Everyone is welcome from those considering their options, to those who already had surgery, and supporters are always welcome.      Contact: [email protected]

Nanaimo Women's Cancer Support Group: Whether you are just diagnosed, in the middle of treatment, recovering from treatment, or a long term survivor, you are welcome to attend our monthly group meetings the first Tuesday of every month 7pm – 8:30pm at the Origin Retirement Home on 6205 Oliver Road.
Call Maryanna at 250-751-1956 or email [email protected]

Oceanside Better Breathers Group: A monthly support and education group for people with chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulomary fibrosis, lung cancer, sleep apnea and asthma. 3rd Thurs of the month.
Contact: Doug Hill at (250)752-5905

Nanaimo Parkinson Support Group: For information, contact: 1-800-668-3330.

Port Alberni Shelter Society: a non profit organization that works with people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. Every effort is made to accommodate people with emergency housing needs while maintaining a secure and stable environment for long-term supportive housing clients. The Shelter is open from 6am to 1am daily for intake and provides a complete meal service for all residents. Contact: [email protected]  250-723-6511

Rid Roads of Impaired Drivers
Offering support to the victims of impaired drivers, working to keep traffic safety a public issue, providing education and finding effective solutions to prevent impaired driving while applying pressure to the courts for adequate sentencing of impaired drivers.  Contact: [email protected]  

Widowhood Beyond Survival: A support group for men and women under 65 years who are passed the first anniversary of the death of their life partner. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of each month. Although grieving after the loss of a loved one is different for everyone, it may help to talk to others who are experiencing the same thing.  Contact: [email protected] 
250 585-6283/250 722-4643


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