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Catholic Community Services of York Region – Bridge Group for Women

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Bridge Group for Women

Description: Catholic Community Services of York Region is a not for profit charitable, social services agency, delivering a comprehensive array of services to the whole community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are an inclusive, multicultural organization embracing many faiths and languages. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations. CCSYR is a family services agency, accredited by both Family Service Ontario and Catholic Charities. We offer many types of counselling and group services to help people cope with personal and relationship challenges.

Bridge Group for Women: An eight session supportive group for women, led by experienced female counsellors. Topics include self-esteem, assertiveness building, dealing with anger, building stronger relationships, reducing isolation and coping constructively with transitions. This is an ongoing program and is offered three times each year. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule. Registration fee is $10.

Where: 21 Dunlop St | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 2M6

When: Wednesdays, from January 21st through March 11th, 2015. Time: 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: 905-770-7040 | |

Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre – Head Start

Group Name: Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre – Head Start

Description: Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre is a charitable, multi-service neighbourhood centre that offers a broad range of recreational, social and capacity-building programs to area residents. For over 40 years, Eastview has played a vital role in the lives of community’s members of all ages. Their centre incorporates Eastview Toronto Boys & Girls Club, as well as a wide variety of programs and services for children 0 – 6, adults, seniors and newcomers.

A School Readiness Program that through play, social interaction, arts & crafts, music, develops skills in children that will enrich and enhance their ability to learn and prepare them for school.

Where: 86 Blake Street | Toronto, ON M4J 3C9

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Three 12 week sessions offered: January to March, April to June and September to November.

Contact: Ursula 416-392-1750 Ext. 304 | |

Delta Family Resource Centre – Playgroup for Special Needs Children

Group Name: Delta Family Resource Centre – Child & Parent Integrated Playgroup

Description: A multilingual, muti-ethnic, community based organization working with families and children to enhance their potential through programs that promote their well-being and involvement in the community. They are guided by the principles of ensuring accessibility, building equity, and strengthening community capacity. They offer a range of support services to caregivers of children, settlement programs and services, community support, and a range of activities that enhance individual skills and promotes healthy communities.

An integrated program for parents/caregivers and children with special needs (0-6 years). It is free to attend this group. Activities include child stimulation, group discussions, advice and consultation with resource teachers and language specialists, and interactive games.

Where: Humber Summit Library | 2972 Islington Avenue, Unit 5 | Toronto, ON M9L 2K6

When: Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-747-1172 | |

Circle of Care – Thursday Group

Group Name: Circle of Care – Thursday Group (Diners Club)

Description: We have been serving the Toronto area since 1974. It all began in 1970, when Circle of Care was launched as a demonstration project called Coordinated Services to Jewish Elderly, under auspices of the Toronto Jewish Welfare Fund (now the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto). We have gone through a few name changes over the years to reflect our expanded mandate. We now serve individuals of many faiths and cultures, and our clients include people of all ages.

Let’s Get Together- Thursday Group
Come and share your experiences with others in a safe and friendly group environment. This group offers an opportunity to meet and mingle with others, join us for a nutritious meal (special dietary meals available), learning and entertainment. Two-way transportation is included. Cost:$5 per session and registration is required. There are two social workers assigned to your program. They are available to provide the following services: responding to questions or concerns related to your participation in Let’s Get Together, information about community services and supportive counseling.

Where: 550 Finch Ave. West | Toronto, ON M2R 1N6

When: Tuesday January 27th, 2015 and every last Thursday of the month thereafter starting February 26 through December 17th, 2015. Time: 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Contact: Patricia Wendy 416-635-2900 Ext. 499 | |

Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care – Friendly Visiting

Group Name: Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care – Friendly Visiting

Description: Yee Hong is a caring community where seniors and others enjoy the highest quality of life. We raise the standard in long-term care and effect a positive impact on the global health care system by seeking to be the model of excellence in culturally appropriate geriatric care. We take pride in being a provider of choice and an employer of choice.

Friendly Visiting (Telephone Reassurance) is a support service in which a volunteer visits/calls an isolated or frail adult regularly on a one to one basis. It aims to provide social support and contact with the community, and to ensure the well-being, health and safety of the clients. Eligibility:

  • Isolated seniors aged 55 or above
  • Seniors living alone who are at risk but choose to stay in the community
  • Those who need assistance in overcoming isolation because of physical/functional limitations
  • Those without adequate support systems
  • Those with emotional problems such as depression, and are socially withdrawn from joining community activities
  • Those with physical health or mental health problems who need assistance and require regular monitoring and supervision

The service is offered to eligible seniors residing in Scarborough, Markham, North York and Richmond Hill.

Where: Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care | 2311 McNicoll Avenue | Scarborough, ON M1V 5L3

When: Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.***Free of charge.

Contact: 416-321-6333 | |

Centre for Immigration and Community Services – South Asian Seniors

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – South Asian Seniors Support

Description: The 46-year momentum fuelled by the dedication, compassion and hard work of volunteers and staff places CICS at the forefront of serving immigrants. CICS is funded by three levels of government and United Way to provide a wide range of settlement programs and services in Toronto and York Region. Our staff speak 20 languages collectively and we serve immigrants of all age groups. CICS is committed to providing their clients with equal access to services that meet their individual needs.

South Asian Seniors Support
Immigrating to a new country can be a very exciting and challenging experience. Would you like to share your stories with others or to learn more about the community resources in your neighbourhood? The South Asian Seniors Support Group meets regularly at different Welcome Centers of Immigrant Services in York region. This is a great opportunity for you to meet new friends and find support for one another. Each meeting features a special topic such as health related issues, employment, education, recreation, social benefits and more. We invite you to come and be a part of this community. *** Languages: Hindi & English

Where: 7220 Kennedy Road | Markham, ON L3R 7P2

When: Every Monday from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Mona 647-695-8118 | 905-479-7926 | |

Centre for Immigration and Community Services – Women’s Group

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Women’s Support Group

Description: The 46-year momentum fuelled by the dedication, compassion and hard work of volunteers and staff places CICS at the forefront of serving immigrants. CICS is funded by three levels of government and United Way to provide a wide range of settlement programs and services in Toronto and York Region. Our staff speak 20 languages collectively and we serve immigrants of all age groups. CICS is committed to providing their clients with equal access to services that meet their individual needs.

We have a 6-week women’s support group for women to meet with other members of their community and discussed issues of their concern. No matter whether you live in Richmond Hill, Markham or Toronto, we have a group for you. Call to find out more. Topics for newcomer women vary from group to group but they can include any of the following:

  • Settling in Canada
  • Our immigration stories
  • Isolation and emotional health
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting children and teens
  • Health and nutrition
  • Family finances
  • Career planning
  • Social network

Where: 2330 Midland Avenue | Toronto, ON M1S 5G5

Contact: Toronto 416-292-7510 | York Region 905-479-7926 | |

Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society – Youth Corner

Group Name: Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society

Description: CUIAS is a non-profit community organization, providing settlement assistance to immigrants for over 30 years with the support of the federal government (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and provincial government (Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration). Their services are offered in English, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Romanian languages. They seek to assist new immigrants to adapting and integrating into Canadian society. Services include a settlement and adaptation, English classes, youth programs, and immigration assistance.

Immigration can be a difficult time, especially for young people. The Youth Program at CUIAS is designed to help newcomer youth ages 13-24 settle in a new country. We offer various programs and activities that assist youth during this process including an after-school homeowork club; English-speaking groups; movie nights; monthly sports games; field trips and excursions; French-speaking club; workshops on relevant topics (resume-writing, interview preparation; MS Office) and weekly dance classes. Our Mandate:

  • To promote personal and social development of youth by establishing relationships an da sense of belonging while learning about Canadian culture.
  • To create a welcoming environment for newcomer youth (ages 13-24) to spend time together, share stories/ideas/issues/problems/concerns, learn to help each other out in productive and respectful ways, overcome isolation and loneliness and integrate into community life to become productive members of society.
  • To provide information, support and resources on specific issues affecting newcomer youth.

Where: 2383 Bloor St. W. 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M6S 1P6

Contact: Victoria or Oksana 416-876-9350 | |

Applegrove Community Complex – Teen Program

Group Name: Applegrove Community Complex – Teen Program

Description: Applegrove Community Complex is a multi-service community organization in southeast Riverdale in Toronto. Our catchment area runs from Jones to Woodbine Avenues and from Lake Ontario north to the Railway tracks. Services cover the age range with programs for infants, children, teens, adults and seniors.

Always looking to attract new faces, the Teen Drop-In program is committed to keeping things fresh and exciting. The program will be filled with fun activities such as cooking, arts & crafts, video games, informative interactive workshops, off-site trips, and will see the continuation of the open gym, and girls’ nights on Tuesdays. Participants are encouraged to form new friendships, build leadership and team skills.

Where: 60 Woodfield Road | Toronto, ON M4L 2W6

When: October to May, Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. All teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to drop by and check it out.

Contact: 416-461-8143 | |

ACT – Buddy Program for Persons who are HIV positive

Group Name: ACT – HIV/AIDS Support

Description: Since 1983 ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

This program matches people living with HIV with a trained volunteer that can provide confidential friendly support. A buddy can meet with you at ACT, in your home, or at other locations (for example at a coffee shop. For more information or to register for a buddy call.

Where: 399 Church Street, 4th floor | Toronto, ON, M5B 2J6

Contact: 416-340-8484 Ext. 283 |

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