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Upcoming Community of Practice at the SHRC

The Self-Help Resource Centre runs a monthly peer support group for peer support workers and volunteers on the first Thursday of the month. This Community of Practice meeting is an opportunity for peer support group and one-on- one facilitators to get support from other peer facilitators, share valuable resources and experiences, learn and develop professional skills, and brainstorm solutions to challenges in the field. January’s topic is Nonviolent Communication and Conflict Resolution.

Please register at registration@selfhelp.on.ca or 416-487- 4355 ext 21

When: January 5, from 4 to 6pm

Where: George Brown College located at 341 King St. East, room 413

What to Bring: Questions and challenges experienced in peer support.

Coffee, tea and light snack will be provided!

EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN

Each year, we have to raise half of our annual budget to keep our services alive. It’s pretty hard work, but we care about what we do so we don’t mind asking for help. And we like to make it fun.

This winter, we want to bring the holiday cheer, so we’re offering a variety of perks for any donations we receive, starting NOW!  The members at SHRC will be working hard to offer an array of personalized gifts to those who donate to our wonderful organization!

Our Exchange for Change campaign  will give anyone who donates $10 or more the chance to receive something in return for their generosity.

Come check it out! www.tinyurl.com/selfhelpRC

Here are some of the fun things we’re willing to give for a donation:

$10 – A personal ‘Thank You’ e-mail from one of our team members

$25 –  An inspirational picture and quote from our Program Manager, Melissa Corcoran’s, personal collection.

$50 – a spectacular 3-card Tarot reading done by our ODSP Peer Navigator Program Coordinator Sam Warford!**

**For Entertainment purposes only

$100 – a personalized, original Haiku poem, composed by our Executive Director, Chrystal Dean

$200 – A 30-second instrumental jam created by program assistant/musically-inclined Michael Friedman

$350 – a really cool original artwork holiday card, made by our in-house artist/program assistant Deandre Bonnelle

$500 –  A combination of every single prize that has been mentioned before this one (all personalized).

$1000 – A video of the SHRC members going out into the street and creating a video collection of compliments about you specifically!

$10,000+ – A song about you, written by all members of the SHRC team, and performed by Michael (maybe a special guest as well!). Also includes every other prize mentioned so far.

$1,000,000 – We will bestow our secret, one-of-a-kind fountain of youth unto you, so that you may live forever (or perhaps even longer). **

** We don’t really have access to the fountain of youth, but you do look super great today!

Thank you to everyone who donates and helps us spread the word!

You’re Invited!! Toronto’s Untold Stories: An Interactive Photo Exhibit (FREE)

TORONTO’S UNTOLD STORIES
A FREE INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT ON INJUSTICE IN THE SIX
“Toronto’s Untold Stories” will be a story exhibit that displays the photos of individuals whose needs and concerns are often marginalized and under-represented in mainstream Canadian media and news. Each photo will be accompanied by a 1-3 minute voice recording from the individual pictured that tells their personal story of vulnerability and resilience in the face of injustice.
My story of homelessness will be one of the featured stories in this event. It would be an honor to see you there!

When: Wednesday December 28, from 1:00 -5:00 pm

Where: Art Square Gallery & Cafe, 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5M 1G5 (Across the street from the AGO)

Extreme Cold Weather Alerts

Out of the Cold programs provide an additional 100 beds a night on average from mid-November to mid-April. They are funded by the City and operated by faith groups. For an emergency shelter 24/7, call 311 or Central Intake 1-877-338- 3398 (free call).

If you see someone on the street in need of assistance in a non-emergency situation call 311. If it is an emergency call: 911.

Sister Writes

Sister Writes is a creative writing and literacy program dedicated to honouring the wisdom and experiences of women in downtown Toronto. Founded by writer Lauren Kirshner in 2010, with the support of Sistering, a drop-in center empowering ordinary women in extraordinary situations, Sister Writes provides women with the opportunity to work with professional women writers, develop creative potential, hone literary and leadership skills, receive mentorship, and build self-esteem.
The Writing Workshop program runs for 12 weeks and the next winter session begins in January, 2017.

To Register, send an email to lauren@sisterwrites.com (with the subject line: Register for Winter Session) introducing yourself and answering, in however much detail you like, the following questions:
♦ Why do you want to join Sister Writes?
♦ What do you hope to gain as a writer from Sister Writes?
♦ Are you comfortable listening to stories by other women and working collaboratively in a workshop group?
♦ Are you able to commit to attending 12 consecutive weeks of workshop during the session you are registering for?

Space and dates yet to be determined. Please contact info@sisterwrites.com or visit www.sisterwrites.com for information as it becomes available.

From Surviving to Advising: Pairing mental health service users as advisors to psychiatry residents

People with lived experience of mental health and substance use challenges are invited to apply for a teaching role in an innovative co-produced course that pairs service users as advisors to senior psychiatry residents at the University of Toronto. You will meet with students in small groups and in pairs monthly for 1 hour from January to June 2017. You will also attend monthly peer supervision meetings.

The goals of the project are to increase understanding of recovery among psychiatry residents and to foster the attitudes necessary for these future psychiatrists to deliver person-centered, strengths-based, recovery-oriented care. You will facilitate learning by sharing your perspectives, using narrative to illustrate key points and fostering critical reflection.

They seek individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges who wish to make a positive impact on the future of psychiatry in Ontario. Experience using psychiatric services is essential. You must have excellent oral communication skills and be able to engage students in an open, genuine and collaborative learning process. At least 5 years of lived experience is preferable. Experience working as a peer support worker or system advocate is considered a strong asset.

They are committed to recruiting a diverse group of advisors who represent the service user community in Toronto. Individuals from marginalized and minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

A cash honorarium is offered for each meeting. Meetings with peers and with psychiatry residents are held monthly on Mondays and Thursdays, respectively. Exact dates and times are available on request.

Contact: Sacha Agrawal at sacha.agrawal@camh.ca for more information and to obtain application forms

When: January 2017 – June 2017

 

EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN

By: Michael Friedman

I’m super excited to announce our Exchange for Change campaign, which will give anyone who donates $10 or more the chance to receive something in return for their generosity. Funnily enough, we’re running the campaign on Generosity, which is operated by Indigogo.

Come check it out! www.tinyurl.com/selfhelpRC

As a student at the SHRC, I have seen how our programs and services affect the people that access them: Participants will often thank us for our time, be eager to attend the following month’s Community-of-Practice, and convey gratitude when we direct them to a given service within Toronto. This fundraiser is a way for us to sustain our organization, afford to run events and workshops for people that benefit from them, keep our integral programs, such as the ODSP Peer Navigator program, where we work with individuals to identify their strengths, wellness tools and how they can use them, and abilities to keep helping others.

Here are some of the fun things we’re willing to give for a donation:

$10 – A personal ‘Thank You’ e-mail from one of our team members

$25 –  An inspirational picture and quote from our Program Manager, Melissa Corcoran’s, personal collection.

$50 – a spectacular 3-card Tarot reading done by our ODSP Peer Navigator Program Coordinator Sam Warford!**

**For Entertainment purposes only

$100 – a personalized, original Haiku poem, composed by our Executive Director, Chrystal Dean

$200 – A 30-second instrumental jam created by program assistant/musically-inclined Michael Friedman

$350 – a really cool original artwork holiday card, made by our in-house artist/program assistant Deandre Bonnelle

$500 –  A combination of every single prize that has been mentioned before this one (all personalized).

$1000 – A video of the SHRC members going out into the street and creating a video collection of compliments about you specifically!

$10,000+ – A song about you, written by all members of the SHRC team, and performed by Michael (maybe a special guest as well!). Also includes every other prize mentioned so far.

$1,000,000 – We will bestow our secret, one-of-a-kind fountain of youth unto you, so that you may live forever (or perhaps even longer). **

** We don’t really have access to the fountain of youth, but you do look super great today!

Thank you to everyone who donates and helps us spread the word!

Lived Experience Advisory Group

The City of Toronto is seeking individuals who have lived experience with poverty to join the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG). Understanding that poverty affects people differently, this is an open call to everyone who can inform the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy based on their firsthand experience with poverty.

The LEAG is supported by the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Office.

Please find the application attached, submissions will be accepted until December 3, 2016.

 

MEMBER TIME REQUIREMENTS

§  Two year term beginning January 2017

§  Two day orientation session, January 13th and 14th (full-day)

§  Two day training, February 25th and 26th (full-day)

§  Monthly meetings (3 hours long, day and time to be determined)

§  Attend and/or participate in local community meetings and activities

 

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PROVIDED

§  Two day orientation

§  Training and skills development opportunities

§  Recognition

§  TTC fare, child care and food

§  Honorarium $50/meeting and $100/full day activities

§  Attendant care (upon request)

§  Other activities as identified

For more information on the Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Lived Experience Advisory Group please visit www.toronto.ca/toprosperity

Contact: Poverty Reduction Strategy Office| (416) 416.392.3999 | prso@toronto.ca

How to apply
ONLINE: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/LEAGapplication/
FAX YOUR APPLICATION FORM
Attn: Poverty Reduction Strategy
Office: 416.392.4976
For a copy of the application form visit our website www.toronto.ca/toprosperity or contact Poverty Reduction Strategy Office at prso@toronto.ca or 416.392.3999

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Upcoming Community of Practice at the SHRC

The Self-Help Resource Centre runs a monthly peer support group for peer support workers and volunteers on the first Thursday of the month. This Community of Practice meeting is an opportunity for peer support group and one-on- one facilitators to get support from other peer facilitators, share valuable resources and experiences, learn and develop professional skills, and brainstorm solutions to challenges in the field.

The topic for this month’s meeting is Compassion and Safety.

 

Please register at registration@selfhelp.on.ca or 416-487- 4355 ext 21

When: December 1, from 4 to 6pm – Lived Experience

What to Bring: Questions and challenges experienced in peer support.

Coffee, tea and light snack will be provided!

 

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