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Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre: Drop-In

Group Name: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre: Drop-In

Description: The true meaning of PARC (Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre) is reflected in our mission: “A community where people rebuild their lives.” PARC works with members on individual issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, homelessness and food security. Members access services and develop relationships with our staff and one another through four core areas of operation: a drop-in centre, a peer-support program, an outreach program and supportive housing.

Our Drop-In Centre is the starting point for everything members and staff do together to help rebuild lives. Whether it’s conversing with a friend, having a healthy meal, securing a place to live, or working a shift around the building, it all begins at the Drop-In. People come as they are and are accepted for who they are. Poverty is a common thread among members, however, what sets each member apart is how they choose to give back, create and grow. The simple act of walking through our doors is what makes a person a PARC member. Choosing to give back, create and grow is how PARC members contribute and help build our community. Here are only some of groups that PARC members have full access to:

  • Music group
  • Art group
  • Writing group
  • Soccer and Hockey League
  • Karaoke
  • Knitting group
  • Games clube
  • Yoga, Reiki, Mindfulness groups

Where: 1499 Queen Street West | Toronto, ON, M6R 1A3

Contact: 416-537-2262 | info@parc.on.ca | parc.on.ca

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Managing Depression and Anxiety

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Managing Depression and Anxiety

Description: The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. They provide drop-in peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.

MDAO is offering an educational recovery group focused on developing understanding and tools to manage depression and anxiety. The group will run for six sessions. Each two hour session will involve information presentation, dialogue and activities. Through participation in this group you will:

  • Develop understanding of how thoughts, feelings and behaviours contribute to depression and anxiety.
  • Acquire skills to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours related to depression and anxiety.
  • Learn strategies to better manage negative thinking, stress and worry.
  • Develop tools to bolster self-esteem and resiliency.
  • Expand understanding of relapse prevention strategies and planning.

*** Registration is required.

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Avenue West | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. starting Wednesday March 11th, 2015 through April 15th, 2015

Contact: Becky Curran 416-486-8046 Ext. 240 | 1-866-486-6663 | www.mooddisorders.ca

Mental Health Peer Support Organization

Group Name: Mental Health Peer Support Organization

Description: The Mental Health Peer Support Organization is a group designed to help people with mental health labels and /or challenges live happier and more fulfilling lives. Members within the group, pledge to help each other and themselves at the same time. This group will inspire people to reach their individual goals with the support and encouragement of each other. Sharing, caring and open, honest communication are key to the success of this group and it’s members.

Open to all people with Mental Health “labels”.
The group is also open to supporters of people with said challenges including friends and family. If you have no friends and family then please join as we want you to make new peer support friends!
Many of our members have been volunteers and or professionals in the area of mental health for years. Many of us know peer support works to improve health. Many have personally been and continue to be involved in results that have improved quality of life and even saved lives. **** Registration is required.

Where: St. Joseph’s Health Centre, 30 The Queensway Central Conference Dining Room | Toronto, ON M6R 1B5

When: Meetings are most Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. plus socials, verify online.

Contact: mhpso@yahoo.com | www.meetup.com/Mental-Health-Peer-Support-Organization/

Nellie’s – Support for Disabled Women Experiencing Abuse & Violence

Group Name: Nellie’s – Support for Disabled Women Experiencing Abuse & Violence

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.

Wheeling and Rolling on Women experiencing abuse and violence
12 week Closed Social Support Group for women with physical disabilities, focusing on their experiences of violence and oppression. This program provides education and peer support to women living with physical disabilities.

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) | community@nellies.org | www.nellies.org

Humber Community Seniors’ Services – Wellness Program

Group Name: Humber Community Seniors’ Services – Wellness Program

Description: Humber Community Seniors’ Services is a non-profit organization with a proud history of making a difference in people’s lives by serving our community for nearly 50 years. Our goal continues to be to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently, safely, with dignity, and with the highest quality of life possible.

The Wellness Centered programs engage seniors and volunteers from various cultural backgrounds in meaningful and enjoyable activities that help develop creative and learning skills in a welcoming group environment to reduce social isolation and to enhance quality of life. **** Transportation is not provided for seniors living outside of the catchment area. All seniors are welcomed and there is no cost.

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

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

Contact: 416-249-7946 | info@humberseniors.org | humberseniors.org

Scadding Court Community Centre – Community Kitchen

Group Name: Scadding Court Community Centre – Community Kitchen

Description: Founded in March 1975, Scadding Court Community Centre is located at the corner of Dundas and Bathurst streets and adjacent to the Atkinson Cooperative Housing Complex (formerly Alexandra Park social housing). Our programs target under-serviced, culturally diverse groups such as low-income families, at-risk children and youth, newcomers, people living with disabilities, seniors and the un/underemployed. Between 500 and 600 people visit the Centre each day to participate in programs and services, or just to socialize.

One component of the Food for Thought initiative is a community kitchen style program that is open to community members to shop, cook and share food together in a comfortable and educational setting. Participants of the program learn recipes from all over the world, learn nutritional components of foods, and discover healthy and affordable shopping alternatives. Members will also take home some of the food produced in the class. The program also includes topics such as food handling, kitchen safety, and cooking techniques. The participants are also involved with the Urban Agriculture Program where organic produce is grown in the greenhouse and the community garden for use in the community kitchen.

Where: 707 Dundas Street West | Toronto, ON M5T 2W6

When: Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-392-0335 | wquan@scaddingcourt.org | www.scaddingcourt.org

Scadding Court Community Centre – Seniors Program

Group Name: Scadding Court Community Centre – Seniors Program

Description: Founded in March 1975, Scadding Court Community Centre is located at the corner of Dundas and Bathurst streets and adjacent to the Atkinson Cooperative Housing Complex (formerly Alexandra Park social housing). Our programs target under-serviced, culturally diverse groups such as low-income families, at-risk children and youth, newcomers, people living with disabilities, seniors and the un/underemployed. Between 500 and 600 people visit the Centre each day to participate in programs and services, or just to socialize.

Seniors programs at Scadding Court Community Centre offer weekly social and recreational activities for senior citizens and adults aged 50+. Join us for singing, trips, computer lessons, dances, workshops and much more! All seniors are welcome and programs are FREE with SCCC membership! The following seniors’ activities are available: Tai Chi, Tai Chi Swor, Ballroom Fitness, Introduction to Computers, Singing Social Club, Bingo Social Club, English Conversation Circle, Line Dance Fitness.

Where: 707 Dundas Street West | Toronto, ON M5T 2W6

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: Julia 416-392-0335 Ext. 233 | Julia@scaddingcourt.org | Andy 416-392-0335 Ext. 246 | andyt@scaddingcourt.org | www.scaddingcourt.org

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 | info@northw.ca | www.northw.ca

North York Community House – Parenting Groups

Group Name: North York Community House – Parenting Groups

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 also provides support groups specifically for parents and caregivers. These groups cover a wide range of topics to help newcomers deal with the transition to parenting in Canada. Groups are offered in different languages depending on community needs.

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

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | info@midyanta.com | www.midaynta.com

Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

Group Name: Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

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.

Gambling and Addictions
Midaynta has been invited to conduct a comprehensive research project on Gambling and Problem Gambling within the Toronto Somali community. This study was completed in February 2003 and its findings are now available on-line. Based on the findings of this study, we are currently working with COSTI and CAMH to provide culturally appropriate preventive, educational, intervention, and treatment programs for problem gamblers in the community. We provide services in the areas of:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group/family counselling
  • Referral to professional services
  • Prevention, education, and treatment of problem gambling

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

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | info@midyanta.com | www.midaynta.com

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