Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending sessions of the Reading Circle and the Seniors Literacy and Conversation group.

If you would like to meet others to practice your English-speaking and literacy skills, we invite you to join a World Cafe and English Conversation event on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to see some friendly faces and practice speaking in English. More information is available here: https://www.cnh.bc.ca/event/world-cafe/.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) supports literacy programs and initiatives in the community through the Literacy Outreach program.

Some programs are free of charge. For more information, call 604-435-0323 or email literacyrc@cnh.bc.ca.

Programs & Services

Reading Circle

Through reading simplified English novels, adults and seniors improve their vocabulary and speaking and listening skills.

Seniors Literacy and Conversation Group

Guided by a volunteer, seniors can work on basic reading skills. Participants learn the alphabet, phonics and how to read short passages.

This program is funded by the Government of British Columbia.

Other Programs & Services

Family literacy activities and services are also offered through related CNH programs.

Amlat’si Family Drop-in and Parenting Circles

Aboriginal-driven program for children 0-6 years old and their extended family. The program includes child development activities with an Aboriginal focus, crafts, storytelling and lots of play. 

Family Place

A program for parents and caregivers of children 0-6. Caregivers can meet others while enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation. There are arts and crafts for children plus storytime, circle time and many fun toys to play with. 

Raise a Reader book kiosk

An accessible public kiosk in the CNH lobby, providing the opportunity for children’s book exchanges. Many shelves of gently-used books (picture books through to novels) can be dropped off to share and enjoy. 

These programs are supported by Postmedia Raise a Reader funds provided by Decoda Literacy Solutions in partnership with the Vancouver Sun and the Province of British Columbia.

Read-On Column

A column for low and intermediate ESL learners published in the monthly community newspaper, Renfrew-Collingwood Community News