YWCA of Banff – Programs and Services
The YWCA of Banff’s Programs and Services’ (YPS) goals are to provide immediate information and referral services for individuals who are at a critical turning point, as well as women and their children who are experiencing family violence. Specifically, the work of the YWCA of Banff builds a healthy community by helping to prevent domestic violence and providing affordable housing.
The YPS serves a client base of both women and men of all demographic and geographic backgrounds. We serve local Bow Valley Residents, as well as international short term residents and travelers.
Approximately 90% of our family violence cases come from the Bow Valley and surrounding area. Part of the Violence Prevention Outreach services we provide are community education and awareness activities.
The YPS office is the leading resource for Bow Valley residents at critical turning points. The YPS’s primary focus is on safe, affordable housing and family violence prevention through education, programming, events, resource management and crisis intervention. The work of the YPS assists clients in taking the next step forward in their lives. The YPS provides free confidential information and referral services for the Bow Valley. Our friendly, trained staff will help support individuals through crisis’s or provide information to find the appropriate support services.
COME DISCOVER OUR SERVICES
ASSISTANCE for individuals and families experiencing abuse or violence; for individuals looking for short term or permanent accommodation.
EMERGENCY access to the Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter, or facilitation to a safe place.
EDUCATION for community groups, or employee information and training for recognizing and responding to intimate partner abuse; school programs relating to relationship skills and intimate partner abuse.
COUNSELING for individuals who have experienced family violence; for couples seeking to improve their relationship; for individuals dealing with recovery from emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse; men’s and women’s 10-week Healthy Relationship groups.
REFERRAL for people at critical turning points, needing support and access to services; income support; low cost or no cost help with basic needs; food bank; mental health referrals; addiction referrals; child care providers and those requiring child care; landlord and tenant forms.
All services of the YWCA Programs and Services are confidential and free of charge.
Programs and Services
Lower Level, YWCA of Banff
102 Spray Avenue
P.O. Box 520
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm (closed from 12 pm to 1 pm)
Saturdays, Sundays and after hours weekdays – YPS can be accessed through the Front Desk of the Banff Y Mountain Lodge
For emergency assistance, please contact the YWCA of Banff front desk, in person or at (403) 762-3560 or call 911.