The Purpose Society offers over 16 programs that provide a continuum of services to children, youth and families. They range from family development and therapy to Early Childhood education and groups. There’s a program for you and your family, that enables you to find support within the community.

Family Development Work

This is an outreach service that provides parenting education and teaches parenting skills to families. This service focuses on a range of issues including: child development, roles and responsibilities, behavior strategies, appropriate discipline, parental coping, and other effective parenting skills. Referrals are accepted through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) for residents of New Westminster and Burnaby. This service is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Family Therapy

The Purpose Society provides brief, professional therapy to assist families in identifying critical issues that may interfere with their ability to make creative and effective choices. Presenting issues may include parental coping, relationship concerns, family integration, anger management, family dynamics, or historical abuse affecting parenting. Referrals are accepted through the Ministry of Children and Family Development for residents of New Westminster and Burnaby. This service is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Links Family Therapy

The Purpose Society provides brief, professional outreach therapy to assist families in addressing the complexities of parenting and family interactions when there are mental health or behavioural issues present or emerging. Presenting issues may include parental coping, relationship concerns, family integration, family dynamics, or behavioural concerns. Referrals are accepted through Child and Youth Mental (CYMH) for residents of New Westminster and the Tri-Cities.

Early Childhood Programs

Family Circle
(For ages 3-5)

Explore the rich variety of cultures and experiences of families in your community in this fun, interactive group for parents/caregivers and children from 3 to 5 years of age. Enjoy stories, songs, and games with other parents and children. Open to all residents of Burnaby and New Westminster. This group is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Runs on Thursdays from 10am – 12pm
    • Location:
      Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster
      Runs as a 12-week group, 3 times per year (January, April, and September)
      Snack provided
      Free. Drop in or Call to register: 604-526-2522

Pitter Patter Circle Time
(For ages birth-36 months)

This program focuses on parent and child interaction decreasing social isolation and increasing community connection. The group runs 3 times a year, each one lasting for 12 weeks. The group is called Pitter Patter Circle Time. For pregnant women and families with children under 36 months and their caregivers. This service is for residents living in New Westminster and Burnaby.

  • Runs on Mondays from 10am – 12pm
    Location:

    • Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster
      Runs as a 12-week group, 3 times per year (January, April, and September). Snack provided.
      Free. Drop in or Call to register: 604-526-2522

English Made Easy
(for ages birth-5 years)

This group is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and children to learn English, make friends, enjoy great food and learn about other cultures. The adults participate in an interactive and practical English lessons while the children learn language through fun crafts, colouring projects, songs and play. During each session, everyone shares a healthy snack together.

This service is for residents living in New Westminster who are new to the English language.

  • Runs Wednesdays 10am – 12pm at various locations in New Westminster
    10-12 week sessions, 3 times per year
    Locations:

    • Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster,
    • Qayqayt School, 83 Merivale St, New Westminster
    • Centennial Community Center, New Westminster
      Free with snacks provided
      Call to register: 604-526-2522

Fun Learning and You (F.L.Y.)
(for ages 18 months-5years)

This group is offered to parents, grandparents and caregivers of children between 18 months and five years of age. The group offers parental information and topics to the adults in attendance, while the children have an opportunity for early learning and play in a warm, welcoming environment. This service is for residents living in New Westminster.

  • Runs as a 10 or 12-week group, 3 times per year
    Location:

    • Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster
      Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 am
    • Qayqayt Elementary School, 83 Merivale St, New Westminster
      Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 pm
      Free with snack provided to all participants
      Call to register: 604-526-2522

Sensory Physical Literacy Arts Safety and Health (SPLASH)
(for families with children 3-5 years old)

Early childhood exploration in a natural setting. Encourage children to connect with nature by using sight, smell, sound and touch while exploring the ecosystem that surrounds them.

  • Runs as a 8 or 10 week group.
    • Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster
      Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30 am

Therapy Groups

Understanding and Transforming Anger

Understanding and Transforming Anger is a free 6 or 8 week group for adults 19 and over. This group meets in a safe group environment to discuss the costs and benefits of anger and how anger impacts our daily lives, our families and our relationships with others. This group is designed to help participants learn ways to change their behaviour and manage emotional experiences by responding more effectively and constructively to their life circumstances.

  • Location:
    • Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster
      Runs as a 6 or 8 week group, 3 times per year
      Wednesdays 6:00pm to 8:00pm
      Contact the main office for more information or to register by mail@purposesociety.org or by phone (604-526-2522)

Parenting Groups

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour

Parenting children under six years of age requires ongoing emotional investment and energy.  The learning curve between birth to six years is extensive as children grow from infancy, requiring maximum parental involvement and support, through toddler and pre-school stages to becoming independent, curious, energetic, demanding, often non-compliant and self-aware through socialization, early learning and routines. During these   years, children grow and change rapidly.  They move through developmental stages at a significant pace which many parents find both stimulating and exhausting. Purpose Society’s Parenting Groups are developed with the whole family in mind.  Parents and extended family members are invited to attend the groups with their children under six years to learn about developmental milestones, socialization, play, creativity, early learning, health and wellness, discipline, behavioural issues and strategic interventions.

This group is intended for parents of children 5-12 years of age. The group uses an educational approach to assist parents in understanding brain-based behaviours and how family dynamics affect parenting; how to improve parental coping; how to identify and address problems; how to use effective, positive discipline strategies; and improve communication and interventions with your child.

  • Offered as a 6-week or 8-week group up to 3 times per year
    Daytime and evening sessions available
    Free. Call to register: 604-526-2522