Family & Parenting

Parenting is tough work. BowWest offers a variety of ways to fine-tune parenting skills. Our workshops follow a "conversation café" model that allows participants to set the topic agenda and discuss what is most important to them.

We also facilitate one-on-one sessions with workshop specialists and can help your family access a variety of community supports.

Nurturing Parenting Workshops

BowWest offers parenting workshops in a community setting. Children are welcome and supervised play programs are provided for caregivers attending the workshops.

Topics include: Brain Development; Ages & Stages; Managing Parental Stress. Individual meetings with workshop specialists can be arranged after sessions.

Lone Parenting Workshops

Lone Parenting Workshops are designed by single parents to help others better manage parenting issues that confront lone parents. Individual meetings with Community Advocate can be arranged after sessions.

Parent Cafes

These get-togethers are led by a facilitator who focuses on topics based on participant input. Individual meetings with Community Advocate can be arranged after sessions.

Healthy Babies Network

BowWest helps with referrals to Healthy Babies Network. The network provides pregnant mothers access to prenatal health care, social supports and nutrition. Support for new mothers and their babies includes: Network events include supervised play programs for children whose caregiver(s) attend the events.

Telus Spark Passes

A pass for 6 people free for one week’s use by people already using BowWest's services.


Kiwanis Bikes for the Family

BowWest helps people access free refurbished bikes and new helmets for the whole family. Bikes are provided by the Kiwanis Club of Calgary.

Baby Formula & Diapers

People who need access to baby formula can contact BowWest for help connecting to the appropriate program.

Reduction of Financial Barriers for Recreation

BowWest helps families access free- and reduced-rate recreational programs. Programs include:

Calgary Reads

BowWest supports children’s literacy through its connection to Calgary Reads. Calgary Reads provide free books to children based on their reading levels and areas of interest. Books are distributed to people who visit BowWest offices, at Nurturing Parenting workshops, and at family events in which BowWest is involved.