When they first became parents Mark and his friend Ryan quickly learned one of life’s great lessons - We can’t do this on our own, we need help! In search of help, they started scouring the web for community support groups for young parents where they could share their lives with or go to if they need help. Whilst they were able to find mum’s groups - or activity groups - these were either too narrowly focused or there wasn’t an active community in the groups. Undeterred in their desire for community, Mark and Ryan decided to create their own group. Almost immediately, it became apparent that they were not alone in wanting this sort of community; As the ranks of parents started to grow, a real community called Young Families of Metro Vancouver was being born.
From the beginning Mark and Ryan (soon joined by Jonny) were determined to build the group to be a community for families with kids ages 12 and below that reaches parents in need or who struggle with isolation and loneliness. Knowing all too well that none of us are perfect, but believing fully that everyone is redeemable, they have built everything in the group to emphasize the values of love in action through grace and compassion.
We know how it is to feel isolated and lonely in this phase of life. It comes in waves, and a wider sense of community is what we need to address this part of family life. It has been a beautiful thing to see the community respond to this and flourish as we learn to support one another as we are able - and we’re just getting started.
You can find our community here: YFMV Facebook Group