First of all, check out the Sooke Region Resources site. They list many of these resources (and many more!) in greater detail. The resources listed below are ones we think would be particularly helpful for parents in Sooke.
Book Bins – There are child-oriented Book Bins at The Stick in the Mud coffee shop, on the floor at the CASA building, and at Strong Start at John Muir School. There are also some children’s books in the bin at SEAPARC. The Book Bins are there to offer free, good quality, pre-loved books to anyone in the Sooke Region who would like to take one home. The Sooke Region Literacy Project has two wonderful volunteers, Alice Gable and Linda Young, who fill the Book Bins every two weeks and do an amazing job organizing and sourcing books. They are currently looking for good quality children’s books for kids aged 0-8. Smaller donations can be left in the Book Bins themselves; if anyone has a larger donation, please contact Jodie at 250-580-2252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Bridges Community Support – Building Bridges supports children with diverse abilities and their families in Sooke and the surrounding areas. Services include a support home, social groups for children with autism, parenting support groups, and behaviour intervention. Their website can be found at http://buildingbridgescommunitysupport.org/
Child and Family Counselling and Consulting – Danielle Renaud, behavioural consultant, has a private practice in Sooke. She works with children and families in their homes and specializes in learning, behavioural and developmental challenges – including Autism Spectrum Disorders. http://www.behaviourconsulting.com/
Clothing Exchange – The CASA building on Townsend Road houses a clothing exchange, where anyone who needs clothes (and they have adult stuff as well as baby and kid stuff) can go and help themselves. It’s also a great place to donate things you don’t need any more. They are open from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. More info can be found at the SFRS website.
Good Food Boxes – This is a great way to get fresh seasonal and mostly local fruits and veggies year-round, for a great price. You can order Good Food Boxes online at http://thegoodfoodbox.ca
Sooke Breastfeeding Support – this group meets every two weeks for moms to support each other in breastfeeding. Provides information about local breastfeeding resources and help, a library of breastfeeding books and pamphlets, etc. Facebook group.
Sooke Family Resource Society – SFRS offers innumerable services to families in Sooke. Just go browse their website!
Sooke Mommies – a very active Facebook group.
Sooke Transition House Society – The Sooke Transition House Society provides emergency shelter for women and their children who are in crisis resulting from family violence. They can be reached at 250-642-2544, or see their website: http://sooketransitionhousesociety.com/
Sooke Youth Council – a group of young people aged 13-21, facilitating new opportunities for youth to be leaders in community action and decision-making in Sooke. Website at http://www.sookeyouth.ca/
Welcome Wagon – If you’ve just moved to the Sooke area or are having a new baby, you can request a visit from the Welcome Wagon. They provide lots of local information, coupons, and resources. You can request a visit online at http://www.welcomewagon.ca