All posts in “isolation reduction”

Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Women’s Program

Group Name: Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Women’s Program

Description: Northwood Neighbourhood Services is a versatile organization that has been serving multicultural communities in North Toronto since 1982. We provide programs and services within the community that will empower individuals, families and groups to achieve, maintain and enhance a state of physical, mental and social well-being.

Women’s Program
The Women’s Program provides a safe space for women to gather together and partake in a variety of activities aimed at fostering socialization and empowerment. They receive information on how to access information and services and learn about new ways of increasing self-confidence, building physical and mental strength, and reducing social isolation. The program revolves around the “Cook & Talk” model, which allows women to share cultural recipes and life experiences while socializing and forming friendships and supports.

Where: 1860 Wilson Avenue, Suite 400 | Toronto, ON M9M 3A7

When: Wednesdays 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Contact: 416-748-0788 | |

North York Community House – Community Kitchen Program

Group Name: North York Community House – Community Kitchen Program

Description: North York Community House (NYCH) is a dynamic neighbourhood centre offering innovative programs and services to newcomers & residents, helping build strong, healthy communities.

NYCH has offered a variety of community kitchen programs for many years – the popularity of these groups is based on a powerful combination of food and fun. Participants get to know others in their communities, while cooking and eating delicious, nutritious meals together. These groups also provide an opportunity to learn about other supports and resources in the community, and discuss issues of concern. NYCH also conducts training sessions so that newcomers can learn how to facilitate their own community kitchen groups.

Where: 700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 226 | Toronto, ON M6A 3B4

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | |

Midaynta Community Services – Senior Services

Group Name: Midaynta Community Services – Senior Services

Description: Midaynta Community Services is a registered Canadian charity organization that provides settlement services and other programs that advances education by providing courses, seminars, meetings, counseling and other support services for refugees & immigrant in need. Midaynta Community Services is a social and settlement services agency, working to improve the quality of life of newcomers in Toronto and vicinity.

Senior Services
Midaynta joined the Breaking Down the Barriers to Seniors Services project under the Multi Agency Partnership Project (MAPP) in 2003. The program was funded by the United Way of Greater Toronto.
The seniors’ services program was consequently developed over the following 3 years and is run at Weston and Lawrence area. It has become quite popular among the Somali senior population. Through the program, seniors have access to recreational and educational programs, congregate dining, various health-related services, meals on wheels, transportation and escort, home help/homemaking, respite care, adult day programs and seniors’ case management (information and referral, crisis intervention and assistance).

Where: 1992 Yonge Street, Suite 203 | Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | |

Malvern Family Resource Centre – Women’s Wellness Group (Patois)

Group Name: Malvern Family Resource Centre – Women’s Wellness Group (Patois)

Description: Malvern Family Resource Centre as a social service agency strives to be sensitive to the different and changing needs of the diverse communities we serve including people with disabilities. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to strengthening families and individuals through inclusive and effective programs and services for children, youth, women, seniors and families in the Rouge River riding. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to developing policies, practices and procedures that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities, as well as integration and equality of opportunity.

Women’s Place provides women with information on issues that affect them, and offer programs, resources and services that will assist them to realize their full potential. It is a place for marginalized and vulnerable women who are isolated and face barriers. The programs focus on ending isolation while strengthening women to build skills and help them become more independent. Women also learn about resources available and how to navigate the system.

Make connections with other women in the community. Make new friends while discussing a variety of wellness issues that affect us all. Presentations and activities will focus on emotional, physical and mental health. ***This program is offered in Patois.

Where: 90 Littles Road | Scarborough, ON M1B 5E2

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-284-4184 |

Afghan Women’s Organization – Senior Afghan Women Circle

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Senior Afghan Women Circle

Description: Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) first opened its doors to address the needs of Afghan women living in Ontario. AWO began by offering English training and settlement services for newly arrived Afghan women. Not only have we significantly expanded these particular services, but have also considerably broadened the scope of our projects and programs. Currently, the AWO’s various projects and programs are assisting hundreds of Afghan refugees immigrate to Canada; helping ease the settlement process for many new immigrants in Ontario; providing resources to find employment and training opportunities; offering psychological support; and creating individual and group counseling for families, seniors and youth.

The Senior Afghan Women’s Circle is designed with the primary objective to reach out to isolated and ostracized Afghan senior women in hopes of decreasing their social isolation and assisting them in becoming more active and healthy members of Canadian society. Afghan senior women are a segment of the larger Afghan community that has been recognized as experiencing tremendous mental health issues (i.e., post-traumatic stress, depression, culture shock) as well as physical health concerns. In addition, mobility and language barriers along with a general lack of knowledge about their new surroundings all contribute to feelings of social isolation and fear. The program provides and communicates information especially designed to fit their specific cultural needs, as well as creating an environment where they can provide one another with mutual support.

Where: 789 Don Mills Rd., # 700 | Toronto, ON M3C 1T5

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-588-3585 | |

Food Choices for This Season and Life

Don’t wait until the holiday feast has passed to start eating healthy and exercising regularly. Whether it’s hard to come by healthy food on a low income, or you have a cozy relationship with food, or you’re in the dark about the alternative to healthy eating, or worse, all of the above— you are the perfect candidate to make this change! The purpose of a holiday gathering, let’s be honest, is to reconnect with family and catch up. What it’s not, is an opportunity to gorge on food in attempt to cope with those pesky relatives or friends you can’t wait to see leave. Before reading a book on eating well on a budget or attending a support group about your emotional connection to food, it’s advisable that you educate yourself on the benefits of your impending transition. Be informed and be empowered. Your discipline from routinely planning healthy meals transfers to other areas of your life and you will see the difference. Maybe you will even then tackle those awkward relationships you might have with some relatives. Or maybe you will just inspire others around you to make the change to eating healthy. No matter how much genes contribute to the diseases or disorders related to food and lifestyle, we always have the power to help minimize that risk. That being said, you are encouraged to visit any one of the following:

The Toronto Public Library for free resources and materials on eating well on budget;
Walking for Health and Wellbeing group and meet others who enjoy the benefits of regular exercise;
Sheena’s Place for tackling that an unhealthy relationship with food;
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre if you suspect you may have an eating disorder;
FoodShare Toronto for cooking tips specific to people with breast cancer; and
Speak to a registered dietitian for free through EatRight Ontario and have your nutrition and healthy eating questions answered.

And contact us for organizations or community centres that offer exercise classes for all ages and fitness levels. Don’t wait for a chronic illness to develop, or an eating disorder, or continue wasting your money on empty calories. Educate yourself and be empowered because you are capable of change.

I leave you with this “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”

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Japanese Social Services – Raising ‘amuro’ Kids

Group Name: Japanese Social Services – Raising ‘amuro’ Kids

Description: Japanese Social Services is a charitable and nonprofit organization registered to Ministry of Finance, provides social services to habitants who have Japanese ethno-cultural background, living in southern Ontario centered in City of Toronto.

Raising amuro Kids is a support group for Japanese speaking parents of children with developmental and or physical disabilities. Childcare is provided and there is a sliding scale on fees for families who need assistance. Come and share experiences with other parents who can relate to the feelings and barriers faced by people with disabilities raising families.

Where: Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin Street | Thornhill, ON L3T 1W5

When: Please call or e-mail for details.

Contact: 416-385-9200 | |

Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

Group Name: Toronto People With AIDS Foundation – Social Programming

Description: The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) is a safe place to express those concerns and a place where practical information and support services are available. People living with HIV/AIDS face complex health, economic and social challenges. Viral progression and the episodic nature of associated illnesses, along with the financial, psychological, emotional and social challenges that often accompany HIV/AIDS, can have a significant impact on the life of an individual. These challenges can be completely overwhelming. We are here to help.

Social Programming
Emotional health is just as important as physical health when living with HIV, which is why PWA offers social programming.
PWA helps create opportunities to attend social outings, such as its Holiday Show and Community Summer Picnic, or even get a haircut. Reduced isolation, increased social support, ongoing learning and improved self-esteem are all social determinants that play an important role in staying healthy. Every Tuesday, professionally trained hairstylists provide free haircuts at the PWA offices. In the summer, PWA organizes a summer picnic for its clients in partnerships with other AIDS service organizations. The picnic provides a fun social outing in one of Toronto’s city parks. These are just a few of the activities that are offered under therapeutic care.

Where: 200 Gerrard Street East, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 2E6

Contact: Tony Cefaratti 416-506-1400 Ext. 254 | | |

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office – Men’s Group

Group Name: Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office – Men’s Group

Description: The Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO), a community-based, multicultural agency. We are the first stop in our neighbourhood for information, services and support. TNO is committed to building a safe and healthy community through supporting and strengthening the quality of individual and community life in Thorncliffe Park. Programs and services include information and referral, a family violence program, women’s counseling, settlement services, language classes for newcomers, employment assistance services, an Ontario Early Years Centre for Don Valley West riding, youth services and delivery of community information workshops and seminars.

Thorncliffe Men’s Group was formed by men who saw re-occurring issues in the community including economic hardship, domestic challenges and settlement difficulties among men. Re-defining what a man is in a new cultural context is also an “on-going process”. We’re a group of community members who decided to share our experiences of settling in Canada and living in Thorncliffe. We’re a diverse group of men from different cultures, races, religions and ages.

Where: 18 Thorncliffe Park Drive | Toronto, ON M4H 1N7

Contact: 416-467-0126 | 416-421-3054 | | |

Unison Health and Community Services – Vietnamese Support Program

Group Name: Unison Health and Community Services – Vietnamese Support Program

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.

Vietnamese Support Program
This group of adults and seniors from the Vietnamese community meets monthly to talk about issues related to health, education and community resources, and celebrate cultural festivals and cooking healthy food with a registered dietitian. *** Service area is for residents living between Bathurst to Humber river, south to Bloor only Runnymede and north to Eglinton Avenue West.

Where: 1651 Keele Street | Toronto, ON M6M 3W2

When: Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. from 2 p.m.

Contact: Kim Nguyen 416-653-5400 Ext. 1265 |

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