Discovering your community centre

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More newcomers are feeling alone. Women with young children are most likely to feel alone. This could be because:

  • their husbands are out looking for work or are coping with their new jobs;
  • they cannot speak English or French;
  • they do not have support or child care; and
  • they do not know that there are support programs.

Getting out of the house is the first step to becoming part of the community. You can start by being active in the community centre.

  1. Most areas in Manitoba have centres that have programs and activities. They want the community to have a balanced life through sports and recreation.
  2. It is also a place to socialize. You will meet the families in your neighbourhood. They can help you and your children make new friends.
  3. Find Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Workers in community centres. They can help you with orientation, language training and help with child care.

What does a community centre offer?

They have many activities for everyone. Some are free or for a small charge. Activities may include:

  1. Sports and fitness programs. Arts and crafts classes. Sports for kids include swimming, hockey, ice skating, baseball, taekwondo and others.
  2. Enroll in yoga, Zumba, badminton, or volleyball for adults. Arts and crafts like knitting or woodworking may also be offered. There could be ballroom dancing or bridge games for seniors.
  3. Join socials where you can meet neighbours in your area. Enjoy potluck suppers or holiday parties.

Get involved!

  1. Volunteering is another way to fight being alone. Help in activities in your free time. You can also coach group sports.
  2. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. It will help you learn how to talk to others and improve your English.
  3. Go your community centre’s website. Check for volunteer opportunities. You can also visit the centre and ask to volunteer.

You don’t have to be alone when you’re a newcomer. Being active in your community will help you adjust quickly. Be willing to participate and start living a better life.

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Community Resources

Check out the community centre events of Brandon, Dauphin,Morden,Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Thompson, WinklerElton,the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul, and Winnipeg.

Check Leisure Guide for free recreation, leisure and library programs in Winnipeg.

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