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Simcoe/York Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Peer Support Group

Group Name:  Simcoe/York Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Peer Support Group

Description:  The Simcoe/York Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Peer Support group provides peer support, information and resources for the Simcoe County and York Region areas for persons living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, their caregivers and families.

Where:  Superior Home Health Care, 56 Churchill Drive, Unit 1-3, Barrie ON, L4N 8Z5

When:  Second Saturday of each month from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, in the community room.

Contact:  Tammy Stadt | Phone: 705-725-5849


What Next! Peer Support Program- Canadian Mental Health Association

Group Name: What Next!  Peer Support Program at the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Description:  What Next Drop- in Centre is one of many programs run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto- Branch (CMHA). We are a peer run initiative Drop-In Centre for adults living with a mental health and or addiction issue.  The support group is for individuals 19 years of age and older who live with mental health or mental health and addiction challenges.

Where:  3701 Chesswood Drive, Suite 208, North York, Ontario,  M3J 2P6, (west of the Allen, on the corner of Sheppard Ave & Chesswood Drive).

When:   What Next! is open:  Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm.  What Next! is closed on Wednesday.

Contact: To become a member, please call 416-449-4555 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to make an appointment for an orientation session or visit our website to learn more about What Next! and to get a copy of our monthly calendar of events: What Next!

York North Lyme Support Group

Group Name:  York North Lyme Support Group

Group Description:  The York North Lyme Disease Support Group meets monthly and is open to Lyme patients and their caregivers, as well as anyone else who wants to learn about Lyme. Some group members have environmental allergies so please refrain from wearing fragrances such as scented lotions.

Where:  Richmond Hill Police Station, Community Room (171 Major MacKenzie Avenue – south west corner of Yonge/Major Mackenzie).   Please park on Hopkins Street.

When:  A monthly gathering, please contact the information below for this months meeting.

Contact:  For more information email or visit the York North Lyme Group  Facebook page.

Helpful Tips on Venues and Advertising

We are always happy to see a good turn out at one of our Peer Facilitator Training workshops because it sometimes mean that people will go off to start their own groups. In order to provide you with further support after the training workshops, we have a page dedicated to useful tips and reminders on two key components of getting your meeting off the ground. These components are having venue and attracting people to be a part of what you are about to start. See the tips on finding a venue and advertising your meetingnow. Contact us if you have any questions.

Gay Canada

Group Name: Gay Canada

Description: Founded in 1994, the Canadian Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Resource Directory (CGLBRD) is an organization dedicated to the collection, compilation and distribution of information important to or of relevance to the GLB communities across Canada. The CGLBRD is a group of hard working people dedicated to bringing information about gay and gay-friendly resources, organizations and businesses to all Canadians as well as visitors to our country. GayCanada is the Internet side of the CGLBRD. It functions as both a primary method for displaying information that the CGLBRD has collected as well as an information gathering tool for the organization.

All information found at GayCanada is available free of charge. We encourage our readers to use and pass on the information which we have collected. There are groups of interest for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans and queer including a coming out peer support. Visit the online directory and search for all groups in Toronto.

Where: 971 Corydon Avenue, Suite 296 | Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3S7

When: Find support in Toronto through their online directory

Contact: 1-800-245-2734 |

Agincourt Community Services Association – Eviction-Prevention Harm Reduction Program

Group Name: Agincourt Community Services Association – Eviction-Prevention Harm Reduction Program

Description: Today, ACSA (Agincourt Community Services Association) addresses a variety of issues including systemic poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, unemployment, accessibility and social isolation. Over the years ACSA has been funded by all levels of government, several foundations, schools, local faith communities, and The United Way of Greater Toronto. Its strength remains in the original concept: To act as a bridge between people who need help and those who can provide it.

The Evictions-Prevention Harm Reduction Worker (EPHR worker) will provide short-term case management to clients at risk of or experiencing eviction due to substance use. The EPHR worker will be mobile and assist clients in the community with:

  • Mediation and/conflict resolution with landlords, neighbours and roommates,
  • Housing searches,
  • Tenant’s rights advocacy (e.g. Landlord & Tenant Board applications, mediation and hearings),
  • Referrals and accompaniments for mental health and addictions based appointments
    Financial management skills.

The worker will provide in-home harm reduction counseling in order to develop appropriate and effective techniques that will be relevant to the client’s lifestyle, specifically geared towards housing retention.

Where: 4155 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 100 | Toronto, ON M1S 1T4

When: Gitanjali is in the office and out in the community on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She checks email and telephone voice mails regularly.

Contact: Gitanjali Lena 416-321-6912 Ext. 225 | Mobile 416-684-6352 | 416-321-6912 | | |

Forced Marriage Project

Group Name: Forced Marriage Project

Description: The FMP (Forced Marriage Project) is an awareness and education initiative, started through Agincourt Community Services Association and funded by Status of Women Canada. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of women, girls, men and boys in Canada are affected by forced marriage; however it is an issue that has not as yet been adequately addressed in Canada. As such, we approach the issue of forced marriage from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist position, viewing it primarily as a form of violence against women, which is sometimes used to control men and boys as well, and we seek to address it along with other forms of violence and domestic abuse.

Profiles in Courage: true stories of survivors who have been faced with a forced marriage and have gone on to have wonderful lives. Share your thoughts, ideas, experiences and art with us by giving us your thoughts and ideas about making the website a more helpful place for everyone.
How to Start a Conversation with Your Parents: lets you share anonymously what has worked and what hasn’t worked for you in your situation.
Share Your Art: is a place for you to share anonymously – or otherwise – the paintings, writing, music or short videos that you have created about forced marriage. Take a look at the Resources section at our website for books, plays, music, film, and even academic articles that you can explore to learn more about forced marriage and the experiences of others who have been forced into marriage. Create a Circle of Support with your friends and learn how you can Become Part of the Movement to End Forced Marriage in Canada, and around the world.

Where: 4155 Sheppard Avenue East Suite 100 | Toronto, ON M1S 1T4

When: Please call for more information

Contact: 416-321-6912 |

Success Beyond Limits – Support for Youth in West Toronto

Group Name: Success Beyond Limits – Support for Youth in West Toronto

Description: Success Beyond Limits is a collaborative, youth-led, community based movement that provides youth with holistic supports to complete their education and experience success in their lives. Our mission is to improve educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and support youth in Jane and Finch along their individual paths to success.

Our focus is to reduce the impact of external factors that negatively affect the educational success of youth in Jane-Finch. We operate a 6-week summer program that offers credits, mentorship, youth employment, enrichment, nutrition, engagement, graduation, and relationship building.
We continue our support through our presence within Westview Centennial Secondary School, where we operate a youth space. Through this space, our staff support youth during the school day, run an after-school program, and connect youth to an array of diverse opportunities.

Where: Room 217, Westview Centennial Secondary School | 755 Oakdale Road | Toronto, ON M3N 1W7

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

Contact: 416-395-3320 Ext. 20215 |

TransCare Community Support Services – Seniors Counselling & Intervention

Group Name: TransCare Community Support Services

Description: TransCare Community Support Services, formerly Scarborough Support Services, is a registered, charitable corporation providing high quality care and compassionate service. We provide home and community support services for people who need assistance due to illness, convalescence, disability or functional limitations related to aging.

Our counsellors can provide one-on-one assistance and solutions on a range of issues—from navigation of the health care system, to help and support in crisis situations, to addressing difficult personal situations impacting health and well-being.

Client Intervention and Assistance
Client Intervention and Assistance (CIA) is a service aimed at helping individuals cope with the daily demands of independent living in the community. It is an organized process that consists of assessment, planning, monitoring, reassessment, and evaluation. CIA helps individuals define the problem and establish the appropriate linkages, create an understanding of what is going on and help prioritize the problem to establish a starting point as well as a plan of action.

Who Needs CIA?
People who are involved in complex care situations that require an organized, timely and timed approach to ensure resolution. Elderly people who do not have an advocate or who cannot advocate for themselves, or choose not to use an existing advocate. Adult children who do not live in the same city as their aging parents who require a single point of access to coordinate and implement a care plan. Adult children looking for direction in navigating the Canadian healthcare system for their aging parents
People looking to plan for the future; what to expect and how to plan for it.

Where: 1045 McNicoll Avenue | Toronto, ON M1W 3W6

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-750-9885 | 1-866-393-2079 | |

The Family Council – Support for families of People in Addictions & Mental Health

Group Name: The Family Council- Support for families of People in Addictions & Mental Health

Description: The Family Council: Empowerment for Families in Addictions and Mental Health is a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). We are a member-run organization, guided by a volunteer Board of Directors of members, who are elected by the Family Council general membership. Our vision is that families are accepted and valued partners in a responsive community and health care system that honours the experience of people with mental health and addiction issues.

The Family Resource Centre provides support and information for families facing addiction and mental health issues. It is staffed by volunteers who have experienced the impact of mental health and addiction issues within their own circle of family and friends. Based on these experiences, we offer:

  • emotional support
  • understanding
  • education and information guides
  • coping strategies, and
  • opportunities to meet with other family members.

We serve families, friends, consumers/clients, students, and the general public.

Where: 250 College St., Room G21, | Toronto, ON M5T 1R8

Contact: 416-535-8501 Ext. 36490 | |

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