In August, Sunshine Coast Community Services Society (SCCSS) launches its Move & Play initiative to connect seniors with young families . Funded by a grant from United Way, Move & Play will provide an important intergenerational link.

“Families with young kids on the Coast are asking for more inter-generational socializing,” said SCCSS Volunteer Program Coordinator Andrea Hobbs. She added “Connecting seniors and families in this way will cultivate relationships and meet the needs of our community.”

As surrogate grandparents (or aunts, or uncles) volunteers will commit one or two hours weekly for at least three months, for either or both of SCCSS’s two existing programs: Parent-Tot Drop-In or Bellies & Babies.

Parent-Tot Drop-In, a playgroup that meets Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30-11:30am at Gibsons Area Community Centre, provides activities, songs, snacks and story time for children up to age six and their caregivers. Move & Play volunteers will enjoy assisting with crafts, participating in music and movement, ‘circle time’ and just visiting with children and their parents. Volunteers may also assist in preparing a vegetarian gluten-free soup for the weekly Stone Soup Thursday meal. (Donation of vegetables always welcome!).

Bellies & Babies meets from 11am – 1pm on Mondays at the Gibsons Area Community Centre and Tuesdays at the children’s playroom in the SCCSS office, 5638 Inlet Ave., Sechelt. The program supports pregnant women and new parents by fostering connections within the community and linking them with available resources for improved nutrition, healthy lifestyles, baby development and parenting. Volunteers may share their knowledge and love of gardening or cooking, or their own child-rearing experience.

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Andrea Hobbs and 604-885-5881, extension 243 or email ahobbs@sccss.ca.