Community Groups and Organizations

Leisure is an important part of life. It is something that people of all ages need and deserve. Besides spending time in the circle of your family and friends, engaging in a physical activity or attending entertainment events, there are other ways to relax and enjoy life when you are not working, going to school or running the daily errands. You do not need to be a professional or even good at an activity to participate in it recreationally — just enjoy it!

In NL, people often form groups around a hobby, a game or a common interest. Joining such a group can enrich your life and help you expand your social circle. It can also help you learn English and develop new skills. These groups are sometimes informal, and sometimes they are more formally structured with regular meetings a board of directors. When a group is organized, there is often a small membership fee to cover the costs of the group’s operations.

Because these groups operate with no money, or on minimal budgets, their activities may not be widely advertised. To find community groups and organizations in your area:

  • Look for notices in your local newspaper and bulletin boards
  • Check at your local community centre or library
  • Look for information on social networking websites
  • Ask people you know if they know of a group that shares an interest you might have

Community Connections through the ANC

The Association for New Canadians recognizes the importance and value of social integration of newcomers settling on the Island. Through its several programs and groups, the Association helps new immigrants feel welcome in their new community by expanding and enhancing their social circles.

The Community Connections Program engages citizens, immigrants and refugees to create meaningful community connections in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Program assists immigrants adapt to life in Canada by matching them with local volunteers who provide assistance with learning English, establishing social connections, and integrating into their new community.

Volunteers support many ANC programs, including:

  • Newcomer Match Program
  • Academic Tutor Program
  • Fresh Start Breakfast program at ESL Learning Centre
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteer Tutor Program
  • After-School Program
  • ESL Conversation Circle Program
  • Women’s/Men’s/Youth/Young Adult/Senior’s/Stay-at-Home Mothers’ Groups
  • Special Events/Activities

Related Resources

Related Topics in this Guide

Culture and Social Life: Sports and Recreation