The Gathering Place Community Centre

Gathering Place Community Centre

The Gathering Place Community Centre offers programs and services to the Downtown South community. We primarily serve vulnerable populations, including people on lower income, people with disabilities, seniors, people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, youth, and people who are homeless.

We provide accessible and engaging programs with a focus on food and nutrition, health, education, recreation, arts and culture, and community development.


Free WiFi is available at this location.

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Upcoming events

Winter Muse by John ClinockCONNECT: 10th annual Art Show

CONNECT is an exhibition which bridges the diversity of Vancouver’s Downtown South Neighbourhood by showcasing the artwork of some of the area’s most vulnerable populations alongside established artists who live or work in the community. 

Opening night: April 19, 2018, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition: April 20 to 29, 2018, 12:00pm to 6:00pm 

Location: The Gathering Place Community Centre, 609 Helmcken St

Artwork: Winter Muse by John Clinock

Hours, location, contact info

Find out where the Gathering Place Community Centre is located, how to contact us, and hours for all services.

Health services

We provide necessary services to the community, including laundry, showers, and health support.


Our cafeteria serves three healthy meals a day at the lowest possible price.

Volunteer or donate

Give to an important part of the Downtown South community as a Gathering Place volunteer or donor.

Programs and services

We offer a pool table, weight room, games room, learning centre, library, fitness classes, community events, and more.

Community events

Learn about the high-profile community events we host throughout the year, and how you can help.


An annual membership with the Downtown South Gathering Place Community Centre Association is $2.00.

Services and programs that are free with membership are: fitness programs, reading room access, and art and music programs.

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Homelessness services

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