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Nellie’s – Arts & Craft Support for Women

Group Name: Nellie’s – Arts & Craft Support for Women

Description: The shelter was named after Nellie McClung, the pioneer feminist who challenged the Canadian Government in the Supreme Court of Canada to have women declared persons under the law. Nellie’s operates a Community Support & Outreach Office to assist women in the community who are homeless and living in poverty with access to basic necessities like food, clothing, and toiletries, as well as to provide support in the areas of housing, immigration, legal issues, child welfare, education, and employment.

Nellie’s Peer Support Groups are offered with the intention of bringing together women who have had similar experiences to talk, listen, and share strategies for coping and overcoming violence and oppression.

Arts and Craft Support Group
Provides the opportunity for women to have fun and take risks in a supportive atmosphere. Many women have not had the opportunity to do something fun and creative for a long time. Providing the opportunity with staff to guide them through the activity helps women develop self-confidence and a new form of expression. The group is also a great place for discussion, while providing a space not only for women to come together, socialize, and learn a new skill, but the opportunity for women to discuss topics they present as a priority in a less structured format.

Where: PO Box 98118, 970 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON M4M 1J0

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-461-8903 | 416-461-1084 (Crisis and Shelter space) | |

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic – Open Expressive Arts Group

Group Name: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic – Open Expressive Arts Group

Description: The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence. The clinic offers legal help in family, immigration and criminal law, compassionate support from diverse, skilled counsellors, and interpretation and translation in more than 90 languages. It advocates for law reform and social changes that benefit women. The Clinic also provides professional development opportunities for service providers. Language interpreters are available in over 60 languages for non-English women.

When you feel isolated and alone it is helpful to share your experiences with other women who have gone through similar problems. You do not need any previous group or art experience. If you can draw a stick figure you can do this group. The visual arts are used as a way to communicate experiences and create strategies to address needs. Some topics covered include:

  • different ways of coping with stress
  • ways to create safety
  • exploring what arises for us when we experience conflict
  • how to take better care of ourselves
  • community resources

Space is limited so women must register prior to attending the group. For more information and/or to register, please call Intake. There is a phone interview to be done by the facilitator and a waiting list for this group. Limited child care is available. TTC tokens are available for those in need. Suzanne Thomson, an art therapist, leads all group sessions.

Where: 489 College Street, 3rd Floor | Toronto, ON M6G 1A5

When: Every Tuesday starting on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of January 2015 until April 1, 2015

Contact: 416-323-9149 Ext. 234 |

YWCA – Breakthrough – Healing Through Expressive Arts

Group Name: YWCA – Breakthrough – Healing Through Expressive Arts

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence. Healing Through Expressive Arts: for women who have experienced violence or abuse. They offer:

  • a place where women can explore how abuse/violence has affected their life
  • a safe learning environment where women may try new ways to grow and heal
  • opportunities for creative self-expression in a community of women
  • a space where women can connect with others in an atmosphere of acceptance and non-judgment
  • support to help women get the most out of their group experience
  • information to help women make decisions about their safety and well-being, including resources and referrals
  • childcare while women attend group

Where: 87 Elm Street | Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

When: Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. Call for more information.

Contact: Carol Barrett 416-487-7151 Ext.266 | |

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