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Family Services Toronto – Walk In Counselling

Group Name:  Family Services Toronto – Walk In Counselling

Description:  We offer a FREE single session counselling session with a trained Counsellor or Psychotherapist. The counselling session is usually about 50 minutes and is open to all persons 18 years of age and older.  Single Session Counselling can provide you with the emotional support, feedback and ideas on how to make positive changes in your life. Each counselling session is treated like a distinct counselling session with no expectation that you come back for a subsequent session.  Please call the Service Access Unit at 416-595-9618 to inquire about the times when service is offered in languages other than English.

Where:   128A Sterling Road, second floor, suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2B7

When:  Wednesdays from 3:30-7:30 p.m.   Registration begins at 3 p.m. and last appointment starts 6:15pm.

Contact:   Service is on a first come, first served basis for the first 2 sessions.  No appointment is required and no pre-registration.  General phone line:  416-595-9230, to request counselling at all locations call 416-595-9618.

Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch- North York Women’s Centre

Group:  Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch

Description:  This is the first part of the Women’s Empowerment Series.  In this group, participants will gain an understanding of difficult emotions and the effects they have on mental and physical well-being. They will identify personal strengths and coping strategies to draw upon during stressful situations and learn how to build self esteem and confidence. This program will be delivered in partnership with Unison Health and Community Services.

Where: Bathurst Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave. West

When:  Every Friday for 9 weeks, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, starts February 12, 2016

Contact:  Please call us at 416-781-0479 for information or to arrange an intake interview.

Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks (EAST)

Description: Extend-A-Family is a Toronto-wide community organization that seeks to ensure that children and youth with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships and participate fully in the community. Extend-A-Family is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1976, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, and self advocates and community members.

Safe & Secure Futures Networks, (facilitated by Extend-A-Family), aims to empower families to develop and nurture a support circle with their family member who has a disability. A support circle is a group of people, primarily family and friends, who are invited to come together regularly, listen to hopes and dreams, consider possibilities, and plan with the individual. Circle members are intent on supporting the person to have choice and control in their life and to experience a variety of meaningful relationships, participating in and contributing to community life. Safe and Secure Futures Networks offer opportunities to share and learn from each other. A variety of topics of mutual interest may be explored through guided discussions with a facilitator, such as: transition planning, Person Centered/Directed Planning, individualized supports, creating the right place to live, financial and estate planning. Resource parents and community members may be invited to share their experience and expertise.

Where: St. Simon the Apostle Anglican Church | 525 Bloor Street East |Toronto, ON, M4W 1J1

When: Hospitality at 7:00 p.m. – Meeting ends at 9:00 p.m. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month: For 2015: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May, June 16.

Contact: Lee Steel 647-220-9412 | ssfne@extendafamily.ca | www.extendafamily.ca

Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – Safe & Secure Futures Networks (WEST)

Description: Extend-A-Family is a Toronto-wide community organization that seeks to ensure that children and youth with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships and participate fully in the community. Extend-A-Family is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1976, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, and self advocates and community members.

Safe & Secure Futures Networks, (facilitated by Extend-A-Family), aims to empower families to develop and nurture a support circle with their family member who has a disability. A support circle is a group of people, primarily family and friends, who are invited to come together regularly, listen to hopes and dreams, consider possibilities, and plan with the individual. Circle members are intent on supporting the person to have choice and control in their life and to experience a variety of meaningful relationships, participating in and contributing to community life. Safe and Secure Futures Networks offer opportunities to share and learn from each other. A variety of topics of mutual interest may be explored through guided discussions with a facilitator, such as: transition planning, Person Centered/Directed Planning, individualized supports, creating the right place to live, financial and estate planning. Resource parents and community members may be invited to share their experience and expertise.

Where: 200-3300 Yonge Street | Toronto, ON, M4N 2L6

When: The meetings are monthly, September through to June. Please RSVP for monthly sessions so notice can be given for unavoidable cancellations. Please call for time, dates and location.

Contact: Selena Blake 647-292-5144 | ssfnw@extendafamily.ca | www.extendafamily.ca

The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario

Group Name: The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario

Description: The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario (MEAO) is a volunteer-run organization that has been serving the community since 1991. They offer information and support to people living with the illnesses, as well as family members, physicians and other professionals, and the general public.

Please visit their Ontario locations page to find a support group near you for:

  • ME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • FM Fibromyalgia Syndrome
  • MCS/ES Multiple Chemical Sensitivities/Environmental Sensitivities

Where: 402-170 The Donway West | Toronto, ON M3C 2G3

Contact: 416-222-8820 | 1-877-632-6682 | www.meao.ca | info@meao.ca

Senior Peoples’ Resources in North Toronto

Group Name: Senior Peoples’ Resources in North Toronto (SPRINT) – Senior Care’s Peer Support Group

Description: SPRINT (Senior Peoples’ Resources in North Toronto) began caring for seniors and enabling seniors to care for themselves in 1983. They continue to do so today as an accredited, not-for-profit community support service agency in Toronto by offering a wide range of practical and low-cost services to seniors and their caregivers. Their services help seniors stay safe, connected, and live as independently as possible, as well as prevent premature or inappropriate institutionalization.

Senior Care’s Peer Support Group offers seniors opportunities to share information and experiences with other seniors in a warm, relaxing environment. Its two-hour sessions include guest speakers and discussion on topics of interest to seniors living independently in the community, such as nutrition, foot care, falls prevention, and memory improvement. *** All SPRINT Senior Care support groups are facilitated by a registered Social Worker and require pre-registration with a SPRINT Senior Care Social Worker; they are not drop-in based. For more information, or to register call or email us.

Where: 140 Merton St. 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4S 1A1

When: Every other Friday afternoon. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-481-6411 | info@sprintseniorcare.org | www.sprint-homecare.ca

Post-Polio Canada – March of Dimes Canada

Group Name: Post-Polio Canada – March of Dimes Canada

Description: Post-Polio Canada is a program of March of Dimes. Since 1951, March of Dimes has worked to eradicate the threat of polio in Canada and provide support services to polio survivors. Post-Polio Canada works with peer support groups nationwide to connect polio survivors. The program also provides education for those unfamiliar with polio and resources to caregivers helping those with post-polio syndrome.

If you have been impacted by polio as a survivor, relative, caregiver, health care provider, volunteer or friend, a Polio Canada support group can help you connect with peers, exchange information and resources, learn new skills and build a social network for support.

Where: 10 Overlea Blvd. | Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

When: Membership is free and open to all persons who have had polio and others interested. Post-Polio Chapters are located throughout Ontario and across Canada. Call for further information.

Contact: Erica Mugan 1 800 263 3463 Ext. 7758 | 1-800-480-5903 – Warmline | polio@marchofdimes.ca | emugan@marchofdimes.ca | www.marchofdimes.ca

Canadian Cancer Society

Group Name: Canadian Cancer Society – Peer Support Program

Description: The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program offers support services that match cancer patients or their caregivers with a trained volunteer who understands what it is like to live with cancer. The service is free, accessible, confidential and responsive.
Support over the phone and in person: we search nationwide for volunteers who most closely resemble your cancer diagnosis and personal experiences.

One-to-one Peer Support
Connect by phone or in person to a cancer survivor or caregiver whose experience most closely resembles your own. Based on details that are important to you, such as type and stage of cancer, sex, treatment, side effects, age or family situation, you will be matched with a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience.

Support Groups
Meet with adults who have cancer and caregivers for educational and informal group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers who are also living with cancer. Groups are community based – and some are specific to one type of cancer, while others may offer general support for people living with cancer.

Where: 55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 300 | Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7

When: Call for more information. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact: 1-888-939-3333 | TTY 1-866-786-3934 | 1-800-263-6750 | peersupport@ontario.cancer.ca | www.cancer.ca

Toronto Western Hospital Patient & Family Library

Group Name: Toronto Western Hospital Patient & Family Library

Description: Provides multi-lingual consumer health information to patients and their family.

  • You can borrow books, DVDs, CDs.
  • Free pamhlets and brochures on various health topics.
  • Tailered made health information search.
  • Organize monthly health talks for the public.
  • Outreach to the community to deliver health talks on Ontario health care system.
  • Collaborate with agencies to organize health fairs.

Where: 399 Bathurst Street, 1st floor, West Wing | Toronto, ON M5T 2S8

When: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-603-6277 | twpfl@uhn.on.ca | www.uhnpatienteducation.ca

Parkdale Community Information Centre

Group Name: Parkdale Community Information Centre

Description: Parkdale Community Information Centre is a non-profit charitable community service centre. We are committed to meeting the diverse and changing needs of the Parkdale community through the delivery of accessible, effective programs and services. The Centre helps people living in Parkdale to access community and government resources and services; enabling them to live more independently; and encourages them to participate more fully in community life. The Centre particularly targets low-income, vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalized populations in Parkdale including newcomers, immigrants, refugees and people with disabilities.

Programs and Services include: Client Services (Our client services include information and referral, problem solving, and help contacting government and community agencies); Youth Outreach (Through the Youth Leaders In Parkdale initiative we provide leadership opportunities for youth and assist them in finding and preparing for local volunteer opportunities); and, Community Outreach (Outreach activities include workshops and educational presentations to community organizations and groups on issues of interest to them such as housing, citizenship, and government benefits and services). *** Service are: Bloor Street West to Lake Ontario and Dovercourt Road to Parkside Drive.

Where: 1303 Queen Street West | Toronto, ON M6K 1L6

Contact: 416-393-7689 | www.pcic.ca

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