All posts in “health and wellness”

Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Group Name: Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Description: Fife House is an innovative, client-focused provider of secure and supportive affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area.
Fife House delivers services which are focused on enhancing quality of life, building on individual strengths and promoting independence – recognizing that access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Community Programs Department was created to address isolation and marginalization of men, women and families living with HIV/AIDS. The program promotes social integration, health and well being, which help in developing a sense of belonging and community among residents and within the larger community. The staff team oversees the Wellness Centre at our Sherbourne site which provides a variety of services offered by professionals free of charge. Alternative therapies (touch therapy, polarity therapy, naturopathy, reflexology etc.) are very popular with people living with HIV/AIDS and the team strive to provide a variety of opportunities for residents and clients in all programs.

Social/Recreational Programs provide access to a range of activities, services and outlets for residents/clients including: congregate dining, outings, yoga, expressive arts, games night and a gardening club.

Where: 490 Sherbourne Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4X 1K9

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-205-9888 | www.fifehouse.org

Unison Health and Community Services – Walking Group

Group Name: Unison Health and Community Services – Walking Group

Description: Unison Health and Community Services is a non-profit, community-based organization governed by a Board of Directors who are elected every year at our Annual General Meeting. At Unison we strive to:

  • Engage residents through high quality accessible health and community services.
  • Empower them to build on strength and inspire change.
  • Enhance the health of our communities.

Walking Group
This is a free, fun program that supports active living and healthy life styles. Every Wednesday, the group comes together to walk, talk, laugh, have fun, connect with each other and nature. Registration required. *** Serves residents living between the borders of Bathurst west to Keele St and from Wilson Avenue north to Steeles Avenue West.

Where: Antibes Community Centre, 140 Antibes Drive | Toronto, ON M2R 3J3

When: Every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (June 5 to October 30)
Time:

Contact: 647-342-7687 | unisonhcs.org

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Description: Gerstein Crisis Centre was established 25 years ago in Toronto to meet the recognized need for providing non-medical community based support reflecting the needs and wishes of people experiencing mental health crisis.

WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. It’s a program that was developed in Vermont, USA, in 1997 by Mary Ellen Copeland and a group of friends who had all experienced the mental health system. The WRAP program involves an educational and planning process that is grounded in mental health recovery concepts such as hope, education, empowerment, self-advocacy, and interpersonal support and connection. Within a group setting, individuals explore self-help tools (eg. peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation & stress reduction techniques) and resources for keeping themselves well and for helping themselves feel better in difficult times.

Where: 100 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1V3

Contact: 416-929-0149 | admin@gersteincentre.org | gersteincentre.org

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Recovery with Exercise

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – F.R.E.S.H. (Finding Recovery through Exercise, Skill and Hope)

Description: Gerstein Crisis Centre was established 25 years ago in Toronto to meet the recognized need for providing non-medical community based support reflecting the needs and wishes of people experiencing mental health crisis.

F.R.E.S.H. (Finding Recovery through Exercise, Skill and Hope) is a peer support model that focuses on helping individuals get physically active, learn new skills, interact socially and find ways to get involved in the community. F.R.E.S.H. services are offered to past and present clients of the Gerstein Centre, Houselink Community Homes and the Primary Support Unit (PSU) The F.R.E.S.H. project offers many activities including Yoga, Gym Groups, Ball Hockey, Walking groups, Nutritional Information, Boundless Adventure Trips and Social Outings.

Where: 100 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1V3

Contact: Michael AuCoin 647 462 9601 | admin@gersteincentre.org | gersteincentre.org

Canadian Centre for Men and Families

Group Name: Canadian Centre for Men and Families – Mindfulness Meditation for Men

Description: The first facility of its kind, we are an open, inclusive and safe space dedicated to the health and well-being of boys, men, fathers and their families. We provides workshops, counseling, discussion groups and a variety of special events. Programs include trauma and abuse support, suicide prevention, fathering, tutoring, mentorship and legal aid. We run services, research, advocacy, outreach and public education on all aspects of men’s issues.

Mindfulness Meditation for Men
These workshops are for those who wish to have an introduction to mindfulness meditation, and to begin to use some of the breathing, relaxation, and awareness exercises in their everyday life. In a small group setting we will explore ways to develop focus, inner stillness and to watch our experience with new awareness rather than from our learned autopilot. Learn how men can development themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally (and often spiritually) and experience the everyday in a new way. Respond to life more and react less. “Be” present with…and despite our life circumstances. The Mindfulness Meditation for Men has two components: an introduction session (monthly) and exercises and practice session (monthly). ** There is no cost to attend and registration is required.

Where: 152 Carlton Street, Unit 201 | Toronto, ON, M5A 2K1

When: Introduction Session (second Monday each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) and Exercises and Practice Session (fourth Monday each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30)

Contact: 647-479-9611 | 1-844-900-CCMF (2263) | info@menandfamilies.ca | www.menandfamilies.org

MicroSkills – Youth Welcoming Centre

Group Name: MicroSkills – Youth Welcoming Centre

Description: Community MicroSkills Development Centre is a non-profit organization that has served communities in Toronto and surrounding areas since 1984. They provide settlement, employment, and self-employment services to individuals, with priority to the needs of immigrants, youth, visible minority people, and low-income women.

Our Youth Welcoming Centre is a space that offers programming where youth feel welcomed, supported and valued by the community where they live. The Centre reaches out to youth who are new in Canada, as well as youth who are established in their community, and engages them in activities for mutual sharing, learning, and peer support. MicroSkills implements the Youth Welcoming model not only in the Centre itself, located at Dixon and Islington, but also in the other offsite locations where our youth services are delivered, such as in local schools, multi-service centers and hubs. Our youth services are available from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and include:

  • Education and Career Support
  • Physical, Nutrition & Wellness Program
  • English Conversation Starters
  • Leadership and Volunteer Development
  • Parent Engagement
  • Empowered Girls Clubs
  • Information, Support and Referral Services
  • Rexdale ProTech Media Centre
  • Cook Pre-apprenticeship Program

Where: 235 Dixon Road, Unit 12 | Toronto, ON M9P 2M5

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-247-7181 Exts. 1, 2601 | 1-877-979-3999 | admin@microskills.ca | www.microskills.ca

The Anne Johnston Health Station – SAGE (Seniors Acheiving Greater Esteem)

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Group Name: The Anne Johnston Health Station – SAGE (Seniors Acheiving Greater Esteem)

Description: The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS) is a not-for-profit community health centre providing a wide range of programs and services that promote the health and well-being of youth, seniors and people with physical disabilities. They are a fully accessible barrier free environment. All of our programs and services are confidential and free of charge and include primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion and community development. We believe that health is a resource for life and that many things – education, housing, gender, access to health services, our sense of being included or excluded from society, employment, etc. – impact on our health. Health isn’t just about not being sick, it is about being able to make choices and live into them. It’s about having a voice in our community. They are guided by our mission, vision and values. The Anne Johnston Health Station is governed by a Board of Directors elected from our membership.

SAGE (Seniors Acheiving Greater Esteem) promotes the health and well-being of frail and/or isolated seniors by encouraging social engagement and independence. Interested participants must register prior to attending – this is not a drop-in class.

Where: 2398 Yonge Street | Toronto, ON M4P 2H4

When: Thursdays from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Contact: Monica Gordon 416-486-8666 Ext. 228 | monicag@ajhs.ca | www.ajhs.ca

The Anne Johnston Health Station – Hispanic Seniors

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Group Name: The Anne Johnston Health Station – Hispanic Seniors

Description: The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS) is a not-for-profit community health centre providing a wide range of programs and services that promote the health and well-being of youth, seniors and people with physical disabilities. They are a fully accessible barrier free environment. All of our programs and services are confidential and free of charge and include primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion and community development. We believe that health is a resource for life and that many things – education, housing, gender, access to health services, our sense of being included or excluded from society, employment, etc. – impact on our health. Health isn’t just about not being sick, it is about being able to make choices and live into them. It’s about having a voice in our community. They are guided by our mission, vision and values. The Anne Johnston Health Station is governed by a Board of Directors elected from our membership.

A health promotion program for Hispanic seniors from the community that promotes overall health and well-being through health education, physical activity, intellectual stimulation, community development and peer support.

Where: 2398 Yonge Street | Toronto, ON M4P 2H4

When: Wednesdays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Contact: 416-486-8666 | www.ajhs.ca

Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Health and Wellbeing Program)

Group Name: Sistering: A Woman’s Place (Health and Wellbeing Program)

Description: Sistering is a women’s organization that offers practical and emotional support through programs which enable them to take greater control over their lives. Guided by the principles of Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, Sistering works to change social conditions which endanger women’s welfare. Sistering was founded early in 1980, when a small group of social service agency representatives, women living in hostels and community residents came together to discuss the needs of homeless and transient women in downtown Toronto. Particularly women’s need for a safe and welcoming women’s only space during the day, and a space where women could access food, support and information.

Poverty and homelessness exact a huge toll on women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Homeless women typically walk for hours every day. Life on the streets is extremely unsafe and stress is high and ever-present. Most homeless women do not have access to a family doctor, or primary healthcare. Sistering’s response has been to partner with St.Michael’s Hospital Inner City Health Associates and provide a primary health clinic onsite that is staffed with a family doctor and Psychiatrist, and is open 3 days a week. Sistering also offers a range of health promoting activities and programs on site. At no cost to participants, we offer support groups for adult abuse survivors, diabetes management, harm reduction, emotional management of trauma and anger (Feelings Group) as well as health and well-being programs and services:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Referrals to other medical services and departments
  • Dental referral, partnership with Queen West Community Health Centre and the University of Toronto Dental Clinic
  • Public health nurse

Programs are offered in other languages as well.

Where: 962 Bloor St. W. | Toronto, ON M6H 1L6

Contact: 416-926-9762 | www.sistering.org | info@sistering.org

Syme 55+ Centre

Group Name: Syme 55+ Centre

Description: The Syme 55+ Centre is a charitable, non-profit community based agency that has served adults 55 years of age and older since 1984.
 They specialize in recreational activities, education seminars, special interest clubs and community services. The warm and friendly atmosphere at their Centre promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for our members. Some of the activities offered include: a nail clinic, a men’s club, dance and painting classes.

Where: 33 Pritchard Ave. | Toronto, ON M6N 1T4

Contact: 416-766-0388 | syme55@bellnet.ca | www.syme55.com

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