Do you know about our services for neighborhood families? With the support of Families Downtown and Arrondissement Ville-Marie, the YWCA offers free activities and programs to support Montreal families, especially families residing in the Peter-McGill area of the Ville-Marie borough.
Some facts about the Ville-Marie borough
The downtown area is not always considered a residential neighbourhood. Yet the Ville-Marie borough alone has 7,465 families with children . Rich in diversity (32% of its population are of immigrant background) ), one-third of the district’s private households live in a low income situation .
For the YWCA, inclusion is a fundamental issue and improving the living conditions of women, girls and their families requires the creation and strengthening of social networks. Our programs pursue this objective by promoting exchanges and meetings between community members, in addition to providing support and respite to neighbourhood parents.
Services for neighborhood residents
Whether you need to run errands or just enjoy a quiet moment, the free of charge YWCA Drop-in Daycare welcomes children ages 18 months to 5 years old in a colourful room on the ground floor. Its capacity is 6 children per period and educators speak French and English to accommodate a maximum number of parents.
Our After-School Programs contribute to the academic success of children aged 6 to 12 years old by offering diversified activities that promote the development of knowledge, social skills and self-esteem. The 2 X 2 program takes place from Monday to Thursday from 4 to 6 pm and the Saturday Club from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday afternoons. These programs offer children sports, artistic, recreational and culinary activities, in addition to help with homework.
Tous ensemble! Program
In complementarity with our program of activities for children aged from 6 to 12 years old, the YWCA now offers parent-child activities in collaboration with other organizations in the neighborhood.
In November and December, residents of the neighborhood are invited to register to four activities and family outings that will delight young and old alike!
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In order to bring together the families who participate in its programs, the YWCA organizes three annual parties where parents and children have the opportunity to share delicious dishes with flavours from around the world and a festive moment in good company.
Services for Montreal families
As part of its program of activities, the YWCA offers community members free family activities aimed at developing children’s skills as well as a place for parents to meet and socialize. The “Toddler Gym” offers a series of activities aimed at developing the motor skills of children between 2 and 4 years old, with parent participation. The “Parent-Child Group” offers stimulation activities for children aged 0 to 2 years, as well as informative discussions for parents led by professionals from the CLSC Metro. For dates and times of sessions, check out the YWCA’s calendar of activities.
In November and December, the YWCA will offer five workshops and conferences for parents on topics such as health, global development and discipline, as well as a mobile clinic offering one-on-one consultations with a psychosocial worker.
During spring break and summer holidays, children aged 6 to 12 can explore their city through YWCA Day Camps. Girls and boys are invited to participate in a multitude of artistic, sports and science activities at low cost, supervised by a team of dynamic and creative animators!
For more information on our family services, contact us at: :
514-866-9941, ext. 431 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A host of other community services
It’s worth getting to know the YWCA. It’s home to dozens of services tailored to the needs of women, girls and their families. Are you looking for a job? Do you have legal questions? Are you looking for low cost sporting, artistic or wellness activities? Do you know a woman in search of safe housing? Do you take care of a loved one and need respite? Would you like to volunteer? Explore our website and you’ll certainly find a program that meets your needs!
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