Local Resources – Youth and Child Support Services

The final post in our series highlighting local resources will bring attention to the services that are specifically provided for youth and children.

Youth and Child Support Services

As a young person it is important to be able to access the resources locally that will help them to feel supported in the Nelson community. We hope that the following list will help with this.

There are not individuals on this list as I wanted to make sure that all the listings stay current. Therefore I instead chose to highlight organizations and websites that can connect families with the specific resources that they need.

The list of local resources below includes a short overview of the services offered as well as contact info and a link to their website.

Local Youth/Child Support Services

  • Name: Nelson Cares Society
    • Services offered: a number of programs including an advocacy centre, an emergency shelter for women and families facing abuse, and an affordable housing initiative.
    • Website url: http://nelsoncares.ca/programs/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-5777



  • Name: Kootenay Kids Society
    • Services offered: a number of resources including many different parent support groups including a young parents group for expecting parents who are younger than 25, as well as general pediatric services.
    • Website url: http://kootenaykids.ca/
    • Contact info:


  • Name: Nelson Community Services
    • Services offered: has a number of programs including a supported youth housing initiative, and child & youth counselling and outreach.
    • Website url: http://www.servicesfyi.ca/our-programs/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-3504
      • Email: admin@servicesfyi.ca



  • Name: Freedom Quest Youth Services
    • Services offered: confidential services ranging from youth drug & alcohol prevention, counselling and support, and family resources and referrals.
    • Website url: http://freedomquestonline.ca/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-304-2676
      • Email: infofq@shaw.ca


  • Name: Nelson and District Youth Centre
    • Services offered: has an indoor skate park as well as other equipment and spaces for recreation, as well as offering ongoing camps, events, and workshops.
    • Website url: http://www.nelson.ca/EN/main/residents/youth-centre.html
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-5511
      • Email: youthcentre@nelson.ca