General Programming

Gordon Neighbourhood House is an inclusive and supportive place with something for everyone. Don’t see the program that you need? Consider contacting us, and we can see what we can do.

Current Programs

Community Resourcing & Support

Our experienced Community Support Worker is available daily at Gordon Neighbourhood House to provide resources, referrals and connections to neighbours as needed. We can help you get started with housing referrals, access to emergency food, access to supportive programs and more.

Volunteer

We are often looking for volunteers to support this program. Please visit our Volunteer Page and fill out an application to get started.

How to Enroll

Community Income Tax Clinic

Our Community Income Tax Clinic is run by trained volunteers to assist seniors and low income households in completing the current year’s tax return. This program is run in conjunction with Revenue Canada, and only basic returns are accepted.

Eligibility

Seniors and low-income households (self-identified)

Cost

Free

How to Enroll

Please email welcome@gordonhouse.org. This program runs seasonally beginning in the spring and registration is limited.

The Law Students’ Legal Advice Program for adults offers free legal advice and representation to those who cannot afford to pay for these services. Law students from various levels of study at the University of British Columbia, assisted by accredited members of the BC Bar, help clients solve their legal problems. The program located at Gordon Neighbourhood House provides services related to various legal issues, including: immigration, criminal matters, residential tenancy through services such as assisting clients with writing letters, negotiating with other parties, and preparing clients to appear on their own behalf in court. Law students are also able to take time to explain legal alternatives and legal processes to help clients feel comfortable exercising their legal rights.

Eligibility

Everyone welcome.

Cost

Free

How to Enroll

Currently suspended. Email welcome@gordonhouse.org to stay in the loop for future offerings.

English Conversation Class

The English Conversation Circle at Gordon Neighbourhood House provides an opportunity for people of all ages to practice reading, writing, and speaking the English language in a group setting. Whether you are just starting out, or advanced in your skills, our program will assist in your language development. By providing a variety of interactive and engaging activities and games, this program will accommodate people of all learning styles.

Volunteer

We are often looking for volunteers to teach or support language classes. If interested, please visit our Volunteer Page and fill out an application.

How to Enroll

Currently suspended until further notice.

Spanish Conversation Class (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

This conversational-based Zoom virtual class a welcoming space for people of all ages and skill levels to practice speaking Spanish in a group environment. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced in your linguistic skills, our program will be a great addition to your language development.

Volunteer

We are often looking for volunteers to teach or support language classes. If interested, please visit our Volunteer Page and fill out an application.

How to Enroll

Currently suspended until further notice.

Farsi Conversation Class

Trying to speak or make a connection in a foreign language can feel strange and daunting. However, our classes are designed to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to practice reading, writing, and speaking the language in a group setting. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced in your linguistic skills, our program will be a great addition to your language development. It will provide a variety of interactive and engaging activities and exercises to accommodate everyone’s unique learning styles.

Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to teach or support language classes. If interested, please visit our Volunteer Page and fill out an application.

How to Enroll

Currently suspended until further notice.

Japanese Conversation Class

Come learn a new language together! Our wonderful volunteers will help you build your skills in a new language.

Volunteer

We are often looking for volunteers to teach or support language classes. If interested, please visit our Volunteer Page and fill out an application.

How to Enroll

Currently suspended until further notice.

French Conversation Class

Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to teach or support language classes. If interested, please visit our Volunteer Page and fill out an application.

How to Enroll

Currently suspended until further notice.

Clean Team Justin Jay 2019

Clean Team

Vancouver’s downtown and its West End make up a lush neighbourhood area that is located near the city’s best-loved beaches and world-famous parks.   The district is home to over 45,000 people and is one of most densely populated areas in Canada.  The neighbourhood also hosts some of the largest events in the city, which attract hundreds of thousands of spectators every year.   Residents are proud of their neighbourhoods and take pride in keeping their community clean through litter prevention.   In 2013, Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) initiated and coordinated a Clean Team program in partnership with the West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA), and the program continues today with the aim of keeping our neighbourhoods beautiful.  

Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Clean Team program involves three core components: commercial street sidewalk cleaning (commercial streets); volunteer community clean-up events (residential sidewalks and parks); and community outreach and awareness (education). 

The Clean Team program includes the following goals: 

  • Encourage Volunteer Participation  
  • Ensure Cleaner Public Spaces 
  • Prevention of Litter through awareness and education 
  • Combat Litter, Graffiti, and Illegal Dumping Litter 
  • Develop Strong Community Partnerships 
  • Discourage Illegal Dumping 
  • Preventing Unsightly Waste 
  • Sustainability 

Community Clean-ups 

Our program is driven by hundreds of dedicated volunteers of all ages who join our Community Cleanups events and contribute thousands of hours to keep our community clean and sustainable.   People are encouraged to come together at our Community Cleanups to have fun keeping our West End residential sidewalks clean and beautiful.  A group of neighbours gather at Gordon Neighbourhood House and enjoy volunteering by dedicating a few hours outdoors to keep our sidewalks clean and sustainable.   Our events may include a free community barbeque, a free community hot and cold breakfast, a chance for a free community vest, and may also engage or involve a partner or sponsor.  

We ask that all volunteers register for the event on Eventbrite prior to attending.   On the day of the event volunteers are paired in twos and are equipped with all supplies and tools (this includes the route to cover, a garbage bag, pair of gloves, and a child or adult picker). Volunteers are given guidelines on what to collect and not to collect. The clean-up lasts for about two hours and commences and ends at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Community Clean-ups occur on Saturdays between April and September, and at various times throughout the year for organized groups. We are planning our first weekday event this year, on a Thursday, which will be an after Fireworks event. Dates have not been confirmed yet; however, the following dates are being considered for 2024: May 25th, June 22nd, July 25th, and August 17th.    

We are so very thankful for the support of our program, whether through our volunteer participation or through sponsorship.   If you would like more information on volunteering or employment opportunities within our program, please contact Luc by telephone at (604) 683-2554 or email at luc@gordonhouse.org 

Come join us!