Foundry centres offer young people 12-24 access mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services



All young people 12-24 with valid BC MSP cards can access Foundry services.

Foundry is coming to Richmond

Foundry Richmond will be an approachable and youth friendly space for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, as well as social services and youth and family peer supports. Offering free and confidential services for young people ages 12 to 24 and their families Foundry Richmond will provide safe, non-judgmental care, information and resources, and work to reach young people when they need it.

As the search for a location for Richmond’s first Foundry site continues, we’re connecting with youth, parents, schools, community centres, and community members to get feedback on what Foundry Richmond will look like.

Get involved by connecting with us on social media, attending an engagement session, and staying tuned for updates. For more information, email

“Having a space in which I don't have to keep my guard up all the time is liberating, and truly enhances and completes their intention of helping youth find independence and empowerment in their community.”

- Tooth, Provincial Youth Advisory Member, Foundry North Shore

Why do you believe that youth in Richmond need their own space?

- Let us know:
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Hosted by the Richmond Addiction Services Society, Foundry Richmond will bring together partner organizations to address the health and wellness needs of young people aged 12 to 24 and their families.

Parent and Caregiver Engagement Event

On June 18, 2019, Parents and family members were invited to participate in a discussion about their hopes and concerns for Foundry Richmond. A focus group was held to gather input to inform the planning and eventual activation of Foundry Richmond. All attendees shared their hopes and concerns around the eventual space that will be built.

Some of the themes that were addressed regarding your hopes and concerns around Foundry

  • Convenience
  • Engaging for youth and inclusive
  • Transparency in services; availability and accountability
  • Options available for services ie. legal., group counselling
  • Solid Partnerships that facilitate a range of services
  • Support for families
  • Safe space; LGTBQ2S friendly
  • Low or no barriers; easy to access

If you have any questions about the summary please contact Vancouver Coastal Health Community Engagement at or 604.714.3779.
If you are interested in continuing to engage in support of Foundry or other projects within Vancouver Coastal Health please contact VCH CE at or visit

Gabby's story

Gabby's story was shared with attendees at the Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala on October 27, 2018.

Her story was the inspiration for our "Leadership Challenge" benefiting Foundry Richmond, a new centre providing services including primary care, public health, mental health and substance use services, as well as social services all under one roof for the first time in Richmond.

Learn more about Gabby's story

South Arm Youth Forum

In April 2019 the South Arm Community Center's youth council invited us to join a youth forum. The theme of the forum was to inform as well as gather youth ideas and concerns regarding FOUNDRY coming to Richmond. We gathered some of the questions we asked and the responses we received below.

Thank you to everyone that came together to make the event possible!

See the questions and responses here


What do you love?

  • the Community Centre Youth Workers!!!

  • the people

  • friendliness

  • small town feel

  • access to city services

  • green spaces

  • the diversity and all that brings with it (including great food)

What makes it unique?

  • good transit

  • community centres beside schools

  • the diversity (including great food)

  • the Richmond Olympic oval

  • Steveston Village

What will make Foundry Richmond unique?

  • make it feel homey

  • collaborate with community centres and schools

  • services that reflect the diversity of the community

  • make it a centre piece for all youth to access

We want youth involved at all levels of the development of Foundry.  How can we get youth involved?

  • have purposeful outcomes

  • listen and be a safe place to be heard

  • Foundry to be used as a sounding board – a loud speaker for issues and improvement

  • go where there are already groups of youth (clubs, assemblies at schools)

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