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What Next! Peer Support Program- Canadian Mental Health Association

Group Name: What Next!  Peer Support Program at the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Description:  What Next Drop- in Centre is one of many programs run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto- Branch (CMHA). We are a peer run initiative Drop-In Centre for adults living with a mental health and or addiction issue.  The support group is for individuals 19 years of age and older who live with mental health or mental health and addiction challenges.

Where:  3701 Chesswood Drive, Suite 208, North York, Ontario,  M3J 2P6, (west of the Allen, on the corner of Sheppard Ave & Chesswood Drive).

When:   What Next! is open:  Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm.  What Next! is closed on Wednesday.

Contact: To become a member, please call 416-449-4555 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to make an appointment for an orientation session or visit our website to learn more about What Next! and to get a copy of our monthly calendar of events: What Next!

York North Lyme Support Group

Group Name:  York North Lyme Support Group

Group Description:  The York North Lyme Disease Support Group meets monthly and is open to Lyme patients and their caregivers, as well as anyone else who wants to learn about Lyme. Some group members have environmental allergies so please refrain from wearing fragrances such as scented lotions.

Where:  Richmond Hill Police Station, Community Room (171 Major MacKenzie Avenue – south west corner of Yonge/Major Mackenzie).   Please park on Hopkins Street.

When:  A monthly gathering, please contact the information below for this months meeting.

Contact:  For more information email or visit the York North Lyme Group  Facebook page.

Art Meetup For Peers 16-29 yrs.

Group Name:  Art Meetup For Peers

Description:  Stella’s Studio is an arts-based community by and for young adults with lived experience. Peers are welcome to join us to connect and create in a safe space where everyone’s art is celebrated.  The group is for youth aged 16 to 29 years of age.

Where:  Stella’s Place, 18 Camden Street, Toronto, ON

When:   The next Meetup dates are Wednesday March 9 and Wednesday March 23rd,  6:00pm – 9:00pm

Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch- North York Women’s Centre

Group:  Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch

Description:  This is the first part of the Women’s Empowerment Series.  In this group, participants will gain an understanding of difficult emotions and the effects they have on mental and physical well-being. They will identify personal strengths and coping strategies to draw upon during stressful situations and learn how to build self esteem and confidence. This program will be delivered in partnership with Unison Health and Community Services.

Where: Bathurst Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave. West

When:  Every Friday for 9 weeks, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, starts February 12, 2016

Contact:  Please call us at 416-781-0479 for information or to arrange an intake interview.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group at Black Creek Community Health Centre

Group Name:  Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group at Black Creek Community Health Centre

Description:  The Black Creek Community Health Centre is starting a 6 week program to support persons with early stage dementia/memory loss and to their caregivers, family members or partners.

Program will be facilitated by BCCHC Social worker Tatjana, CHW Cyril, Nursing placement students and Kari Public education coordinator at Alzheimer Society of Canada.

In this group, you will encounter a confidential and safe place to express feelings and concerns. You will gain an understanding of Alzheimer’s & memory loss, and tools for daily living strategies & learning skills.

The weekly activities may include: ♦ Board and puzzle games to exercise the brain ♦ Tips and physical activity demonstrations ♦ Food demonstration for healthy eating ♦ Relaxation and stress tools

Where: Black Creek Community Health Centre Sheridan Mall –beside Walmart Jane and Wilson (2202 Jane street)

When: Every Fridays for 6 weeks, February 19—March 25,  10:00am—12:00pm

Contact: 416-249-8000 ext 2260

Visit the following link for more information: Flyer alzheimers support group 2016


Christie Refugee Welcome Centre- Support Groups for refugees

Group Name:  Christie Refugee Welcome Centre- Support Groups for refugees

Description: Services included:

Shelter and support program

Support program is open to any refugees that have been in Canada for under 6 months who are single women or families

  • Basic needs assessment upon arrival to the shelter and referrals for further follow up
  • Assistance to access basic services such as healthcare, education, ESL, banking
  • Help to make refugee claims
  • Housing orientations and support to secure permanent housing
  • Provision of cross-cultural and health promotion workshops
  • On-site workshops are offered on parenting, budgeting, children & safety, and health issues.

Support program

  • Advocacy
  • Participation in residents, family and children’s meetings
  • In-house computer lab
  • Gifts-in-kind (clothing, personal care items)
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Special events – outings, holiday celebrations, March break activities
  • New back pack for each child’s first day of school

Where:  42 Christie Street, Toronto, On, M6G 3B1

Contact information:

Romero House – Support Groups for refugees

Group Name: Romero House – Support Groups for refugees


Description: Languages: English, French and Spanish. Services included: 

Transitional housing program

  • support with settlement
  • social and emotional support
  • kids club
  • women’s support group
  • retreats throughout the year
  • summer camp
  • celebrate birthdays and Christmas together  

Walk in Program

  • settlement assistance
  • accessing legal aid
  • finding a lawyer
  • accessing food banks
  • refugee claim process support
  • weekly food bank and clothing boutique


Where: 1558 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON, M6p 1A4


Contact: | | 416-763-1303

Sojourn House – Support Groups for refugees

Group Name: Sojourn House – Support Groups for refugees


Description: Services include:

  • Short term Emergency shelter for separated youth, single men, women and families
    • information based counselling  in settlement process
    • help finding and securing housing
    • Referral to ESL, medical services and community supports
    • 24-hour supportive counselling
    • Community kitchen program with free meals
  • Transitional housing. A 2 year subsidized program to support refugees that have had difficulties with their transition and require longer term support
    • General supportive counseling
    • Assistance in securing housing
    • Support with all phases of the refugee determination process and landing processes
    • Assistance accessing educational programs including ESL courses, employment training and post-secondary programs
    • Coordination with external service providers
    • Community outreach
    • Orientation sessions and monthly tenant meetings
    • Building group activities and recreational programming
    • Volunteer peer-support program
    • Homework club, tutorial assistance and age appropriate recreational programs for children and youth
    • Food co-op for tenants where  they can purchase seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables  
    • Can buy low cost meals through the community kitchen     
  • Drop in services- drop in support and referral services for refugees  



Where: 101 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V2, Canada


Contact:  | | Phone Numbers: Shelter: 416-864-0515 |

Transitional Housing: 416-864-9900 | Administration: 416-864-9136

Yoga Group- Working with Stress and Anxiety – Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) and Family Outreach and Response (FOR)

Group Name:  Yoga, Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) and Family Outreach and Response (FOR)

Description:  Yoga- Working with Stress and Anxiety is a 5 week introduction to yoga course.  The course aims at assisting participants cope with stress and anxiety.  All abilities are welcome.  Yoga mats and light refreshments will be provided.  

Where:  Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS), main group room, 65 Wellesley Street East Unit # 300.

When:  January 21rst to February 18th, 2016, Thursdays from 1:45pm to 2:45pm.

Contact:  Gillian Gray at the email address:


Stella’s Place and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre – Fitness and Wellness Program.

Group Name:  On Track – Stella’s Place in partnership with Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC)
Description:  ONTrack is a FREE, peer-supported fitness, recreational, wellness and physical literacy program, for young adults 16-24 (If you fall outside of these age ranges please contact us and we can direct you to additional resources) with mild to moderate mood or mental health challenges.
Where:  Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto Ontario M5S 2J2
When:  The program will Start Feb 8, 2016 and will run for 8 weeks until the end of March 2016.
Contact:  Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre Phone: (416) 924-6211, E-mail:
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