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Youth Assisting Youth

Group Name: Youth Assisting Youth

Description: Youth Assisting Youth (YAY) provides a method of helping children who are experiencing social, emotional, cultural adjustment and/or behavioural problems by preventing the development of more severe difficulties in the future. They promote a sound, healthy, growing special friend relationship between these children and mature, responsible young adults. They also relieve parents of the parenting role for a few hours a week and provide the children with a good role model.

Young adult volunteers 16-29 are matched on a one-to-one basis with children experiencing emotional, behavioural and/or social difficulties. Each volunteer spends approximately 3 hours a week with a child for at least one year. The relationship is that of a special friend. Plan and participate in various recreational activities in the community and monthly events organized by YAY.

Where: 5734 Yonge Street, Suite 401 | Toronto, ON M4M 4E7

When: Children aged 6-15 who have been identified as experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural problems can enter the program. Referral must be completed by a professional. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-932-1919 | mail@yay.org | www.yay.org

Yorktown Family Services – Emergency Shelter Services

Group Name: Yorktown Family Services – Emergency Shelter Services

Description: Yorktown Family Services is a community-based nonprofit social services agency dedicated to providing effective, accessible, quality mental health treatment, prevention and out-reach services to children, youth, women and families in the former City of York.

Some of the emergency shelter services include:

  • One-to-One Counselling
    All women entering the Shelter are assigned to a Primary Counsellor who ensures a range of therapeutic interventions and assumes the role of Case Manager.
  • COPE – Mother’s Group
    COPE is a dual focus (mothers and children) prevention and education program that runs for eight consecutive weeks, twice per year. The purpose of COPE – Mothers is to promote effective parenting and introduce strategies that assist mothers to address the various issues associated with single parenting and violence.
  • COPE – Children’s Group
    COPE is a dual focus (mothers and children) prevention and education program that runs for eight consecutive weeks, twice per year. The purpose of COPE – Children is to promote effective mother / child relationships and introduce strategies that assist children to cope with the trauma associated with experiencing and witnessing abuse. Ultimately the program serves to enhance school readiness and social skills levels.

Where: 2010 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 300 | York, ON M6E 2K3

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-394-2942 | info@yorktownfamilyservices.com | www.yorktownfamilyservices.com

York Region Abuse Program

Group Name: York Region Abuse Program

Description: The York Region Abuse Program provides individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults of all genders who are differently-abled and/or those from all social, economic, racialized, ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two spirit and heterosexual who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

They provide individual and group therapy to adult and adolescents who have experienced childhood sexual abuse; provide individual and group therapy for children aged 3-12 years who have been sexually abused, as well as offer psycho-educational support to their supportive caregivers; and provide individual support for children with sexualized behaviour problems who are under the age of 11 1/2, are prepubescent, and demonstrate sexual behavior that is developmentally inappropriate, intrusive or aggressive in nature.

Persons who inquire about individual or group therapy will be given information over the telephone or in person. If appropriate, an intake will be completed. Following intake, a face to face interview is required prior to admittance to service.

Where: 17705 Leslie Street, Unit 12 | Newmarket, ON L3Y 3E3

When: Group therapy meetings are offered in the evenings. Please call for further details.

Contact: 905-853-3040 | 1-800-263-2240 | yrap@yrap.ca | www.yrap.org

Women’s College Hospital – Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Group Name: Women’s College Hospital – Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Description: Women’s College Hospital is established in women’s health – our remarkable history goes back more than a century in Ontario. We have gone through many changes in the past several years – the most recent being regaining our independent governance on April 1, 2006. This is a very exciting time for us, as we explore new and better ways to provide care to women and their families throughout every phase of their lives. Women’s College Hospital is a community dedicated to achieving leadership in women’s health in an ambulatory care setting.

The Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP) is an intensive group therapy program with accompanying individual therapy for women who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse and/or neglect in childhood (0-18 years old). WRAP is part of the Trauma Therapy Program. There is a phone intake process before entering the program. Women who are interested in the program may be asked about safety (e.g. living environment, relationships), previous therapy experience and self-care strategies. She will then meet with a member of the clinical team for an in-person psychosocial assessment to determine whether WRAP would be beneficial. WRAP is best suited to women who can benefit from a time-limited program and who are experiencing any of the following symptoms related to trauma:

  • Anxiety
  • Numbing
  • Problems with self-esteem
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Flashbacks
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Dissociation
  • Feelings of isolation or alienation

Where: 76 Grenville Street, 9th Floor East | Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

When: Groups held Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. WRAP’s waitlist is currently CLOSED. It will reopen on Mondays during January (January 5, 12, 19 and 26) 2015, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for phone referrals. WRAP is covered by OHIP.

Contact: 416-323-6400 Ext. 4999 | wrap@wchospital.ca | www.womenscollegehospital.ca

Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – Settlement Services

Group Name: Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – Settlement Services

Description: Working Women is a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs and services, which help immigrant women adjust to living in Toronto. When asked what sets us apart from other charities in the sector, we respond: Working Women is unique in two very distinct ways- their enterprising spirit and their approach with clients.

Our objective is to assist immigrant women to overcome obstacles in areas such as employment, training, education, housing, health, legal matters, family dynamics and social services.

We provide: settlement and supportive counselling, LINC, seniors programming, mentorship program for young women, employment programming, tutoring for Portuguese speaking youth, annual picnic, Christmas party, ESL courses, training programs, community development, referrals. There are wife assault support groups for Portuguese and African women, regular information sessions and income tax clinic.

Immigrant and refugee women and their families experience many short and long term barriers to integration. Our services ranges from assistance with basic survival and orientation, such as securing social assistance, to helping long time immigrants who continue to experience barriers.

Newly arrived immigrants receive one-to-one information, orientation, referrals, documentation, interpreting, translation, occasional escorts, supportive counselling and advocacy.

Where: 533A Gladstone Avenue | Toronto, ON M6H 3J1

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-532-2824 | www.workingwomencc.org | admin@workingwomencc.org

Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – On Your Mark

Group Name: Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – On Your Mark

Description: Working Women is a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs and services, which help immigrant women adjust to living in Toronto. When asked what sets us apart from other charities in the sector, we respond: Working Women is unique in two very distinct ways- their enterprising spirit and their approach with clients.

The On Your Mark tutoring program provides one-to-one and small group tutoring for students of Portuguese and Spanish speaking descent in elementary and high school. The program is geared to students who are struggling with literacy and numeracy standards for their grades and students who are attending special education support services. This program works to prevent drop-outs and to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education. On Your Mark works with volunteer tutors who use a student-centered approach to learning; sessions are organized around the needs of the individual student. In addition to the academics, the sessions provide mentoring, foster friendships and help build self-esteem. On Your Mark students can discuss education and career goals with their tutor as they enter high school and when pursuing post-secondary education. – On Your Mark operates during the school year and within both the public and catholic school boards.

Where: 533A Gladstone Avenue | Toronto, ON M6H 3J1

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-532-2824 | admin@workingwomencc.org | www.workingwomencc.org

Working Women Community Centre (WWCC) – HIPPY

Group Name: Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters – HIPPY

Description: Working Women is a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs and services, which help immigrant women adjust to living in Toronto. When asked what sets us apart from other charities in the sector, we respond: Working Women is unique in two very distinct ways- their enterprising spirit and their approach with clients.

The HIPPY program, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is a free home-based program which recognizes the parents to be their children’s first and best teachers. Research has shown that the ideal time for children to start learning is in their earliest years. HIPPY at Working Women Community Centre provides newcomer families with tools and support that allow them to make a real difference in their children’s lives. The program empowers parents to help their children successfully enter the school system. Through early intervention, the program also helps immigrant families with their settlement needs; ensures enhanced success for children headed to kindergarten; and enables parents to play a key role in this learning and settlement process. Home visitors are employed to work with families in their homes. The home visitors bring a new set of instructional materials weekly, and using role-play, they spend one hour per week with the parent(s) reviewing the materials which in turn, the parents then deliver to their child in 15-minute daily sessions. Newcomer families make a two-year commitment to participate in the program for 30 weeks per year, concurrently with the school year. During the past few years, and through each of the HIPPY cycles, our program has served over 200 families and 210 children all across the sites in Toronto.

Where: 533A Gladstone Avenue | Toronto, ON M6H 3J1

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-532-2824 | admin@workingwomencc.org | www.workingwomencc.org

Workaholics Anonymous

Group Name: Workaholics Anonymous

Description: Workaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from workaholism.

The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop working compulsively. There are no dues or fees for W.A. membership; they are self-supporting through our own contributions. W.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stop working compulsively and to carry the message of recovery to workaholics who still suffer. ***Partners of workaholics are also welcome. NOTE: Please allow 48 hours for a response to your inquiries. This is a closed meeting for workaholics, their partners and those considering WA only.

Where: Bloor Street United Church 300 Bloor Street West | Toronto, ON M5S 1W3

When: First Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Upper Club Room at the Bloor Street United Church.

Contact: Judy 416-516-7717 | jkeffer@rocketmail.com | www.workaholics-anonymous.org

Elizabeth Fry – Homelessness and Outreach Programs

Group Name: Elizabeth Fry – Homelessness and Outreach Programs

Description: Elizabeth Fry Toronto, established in 1952, serves women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the criminal justice system. We provide transitional housing and community supports that are: woman centered, gender-responsive and anti-oppressive.

Elizabeth Fry Toronto provides unique programs in support of women who have experienced homelessness, are at-risk of conflict with the law or have experienced such conflict. Programs include:

  • BEST Pre-Employment: Assessment and planning for homeless women with a criminal record seeking meaningful employment.
  • Girl’s Circle: A prevention and outreach program for youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years.
  • Project OWN (Opportunities for Women Now): A peer education and training program to build public awareness about women and the law.
  • Newcomer Program: Education and support for criminalized and at-risk women who are new to Canada or have precarious immigration status
  • Work Safe: Health, legal, and counselling support and referrals for sex worker

Where: 215 Wellesley Street East | Toronto, ON M4X 1G1

When: Women must first attend an individual assessment prior to attending group sessions. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-924-3708 Ext. 246 | info@efrytoronto.org | www.efrytoronto.org

Stonegate Community Health Centre – Wednesday Women’s Group

Group Name: Stonegate Community Health Centre – Wednesday Women’s Group

Description: Stonegate CHC has been providing primary health care, health promotion and a wide variety of community programs to the Stonegate-Parklawn Community since it was created by community members in 1992. Drop in program for women who want to share experiences/health concerns with other women.

Stonegate CHC’s Women’s Program is designed to reach out to women of all ages in the community. The Program offers women focused services and activities, and especially welcomes women who feel disadvantaged or isolated. Our team provides individual counselling and advocacy, and facilitates group workshops and activities on topics of special interest for women. *** Registration required and TTC tokens provided for those who need it.

Where: 150 Berry Road | Etobicoke, ON M8Y 1W3

When: Wednesdays – 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Stonegate CHC. Call for more information and to register.

Contact: Jill MacDonald 416-231-7070 Ext. 282 | jill.macdonald@stonegatechc.org | www.stonegatechc.org

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