All posts in “settlement”

South Asian Women’s Centre – Youth Group

Group Name: South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) – Youth Group

Description: The South Asian Women’s Centre is a voluntary non-profit women’s organization run by, and for South Asian Women. Our purpose is to increase self awareness of South Asian Women and to empower women to develop their social and cultural potential. The Centre is a place where South Asian Women of all backgrounds and ages can access a variety of programs and services. We strive to provide an environment where women can work together to promote their well-being.

Youth Group
The Centre creates a space for Youths to gather, discuss and share their experiences as Newcomers. In addition, the youth group aspires to raising awareness to issues pertaining to South Asian Newcomers, along with actively participating in community events, such as cultural shows and festivals.

Where: 800 Lansdowne | Toronto, ON M6H 4K3

When: Various days. Please call for more information.

Contact: Harleen Ahuja 416-537-2276 Ext. 234 | info@sawc.org | www.sawc.org

Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Counselling for Victims of Abuse

Group Name: Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Counselling for Victims of Abuse

Description: We provide a full range of services to our clients and their families, and continually identify and develop new programs that address the evolving needs of our diverse, ethno-cultural community. The Mission of SAFSS (Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services) is “to assist, educate and empower newcomers, women, seniors, youth, children and families in their integration process to improve their health and quality of life, realize their fullest potential and become contributing members of the Canadian society”.

Supportive Counselling for Victims of Domestic Violence
Supportive Counselling for Victims of Domestic Violence emphasizes holding group sessions in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner for two different groups- Farsi/Dari speakers vs. Urdu/Hindi speakers. The support group for domestic violence model is based on sharing information about basic resources in the community and how to access them. The project teaches coping and survival skills in a culturally sensitive manner and help victims relate to each other and practice skills imparted during one-on-one counseling.

Where: 1200 Markham Road, Suite 214 | Scarborough, ON M1H 3C3

When: Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-431-4847 | reception@safss.org | www.safss.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer Youth Engagement

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer Youth Engagement

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Youth Engagement is a weekly program for newcomer youth (aged 14-19) who are Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees, residing in Canada for less than 5 years. Youth Engagement is a great way to make new friends, practice English, and build skills around leadership, volunteerism, and goal setting. Each week offers a workshop exploring topics that will help you learn more about your new home, Canada.
2012-2013 program highlights have included:

  • Get Connected – An Anti-Poverty Initiative: an eye-opening look at nutrition, food, and poverty in Canada
  • Tips from the Pros –an insider’s view of non-traditional careers in Canada, e.g. DJing, architecture, and culinary arts
  • Cooking Around The World- exploring nutrition and food through recipes from around the world
  • Positive Spaces – Learning about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities and create spaces free from oppression

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Benjamin Bongolan 416-355-6789 | bbongolan@the519.org | www.the519.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer LGBTQ Peer Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Newcomer LGBTQ Peer Support

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Emerge LGBTQ Newcomer Group
EMERGE is a monthly program designed specifically for LGBTQ Convention Refugees and Permanent Residents residing in Canada for less than 5 years. Delivered by LGBTQ/Newcomer peer volunteers, EMERGE offers a fun, supportive, and creative way to explore issues related to settlement in Canada. Each session includes a chance to discuss, debate and ask questions on a different featured topic. A light meal is provided during EMERGE meetings. 2012-2013 program highlights have included:

  • Culture Shock – understanding / respecting diverse customs, behaviours, and traditions
  • Skin Deep? – body image and beauty in Canadian and LGBTQ communities
  • STRESSED! – ways to manage the BIG and small stresses of immigration and settlement

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Benjamin Bongolan 416-355-6789 | bbongolan@the519.org | www.the519.org

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

Among Friends LGBTQ Refugee Peer Support
The Among Friends is a weekly program for LGBTQ Refugee Claimants. Among Friends is a great way to meet friends, build community networks, and access information to help you with your settlement in Canada. Among Friends includes weekly presentations and information sessions on different topics such as immigration / refugee law, employment / finding a job, and accessing medical / healthcare.

A light meal is provided during Among Friends meetings.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: Please call or e-mail for more detailed information.

Contact: Karlene Williams-Clarke 416-392-6878 Ext. 4016 | kwilliamsclarke@the519.org | www.the519.org

Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Korean Women

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Women’s Support Group

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.

Newcomer Women’s Support Group: An eight session supportive group for newcomer women to meet with other
members of their community sharing their experiences, builds up community connection, and discusses topics including: self esteem, stress and isolation, family relationships, women’s health issues, and immigration related issues. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. This group is offered in Korean. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule. Registration fee is $10.

Where: Ontario Early Years Centre 7755 Bayview Avenue | Thornhill, ON L3T 4P1

When: Saturdays from January 24th through March 7th, 2015. Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Contact: 905-770-7040 | 905-709-6159 | groups@ccsyr.org | ccsyr.org

Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Women’s Support

Group Name: Catholic Community Services of York Region – Newcomer Women’s Support

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.

Newcomer Women’s Support Group: An eight session supportive group for newcomer women to meet with other
members of their community sharing their experiences, builds up community connection, and discusses topics including: self esteem, stress and isolation, family relationships, women’s health issues, and immigration related issues. ***Registration in advance is required. Call the Intake Line or e-mail us. This group is offered in Spanish. Child minding is sometimes available for these programs. Call to enquire or check the Schedule.

Where: Ontario Early Years Centre 17310 Yonge Street, Unit 6 | Newmarket, ON L3Y 7R8

When: Thursdays, from January 15th through March 5th, 2015. Time: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contact: 905-770-7040 | 905-853-0754 | groups@ccsyr.org | ccsyr.org

Delta Family Resource Centre – Parent Child Drop-In

Group Name: Delta Family Resource Centre – Parent Child Drop-In

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.

A place for parents to

  • Meet other parents and share experiences
  • Obtain employment and settlement information
  • Enjoy activities together
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Play and have fun in a safe and nurturing enviroment
  • Enjoy a variety of activities together
  • Socialize and interact with other children

*** Free childcare and snacks provided.

Where: Jane & Sheppard Mall | 2721 Jane Street, Unit 14 | Toronto, ON M3L 1S3

When: Fridays from 9:15 a.m. until 11: 45 a.m.

Contact: 416-747-1172 | contactus@dfrc.ca | www.dfrc.ca

Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Seniors Support

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – Evergreen Senior 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.

Newcomer Senior Support Group
This support group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month inside the Milliken Mills Library. Fun-filled and informative activities such as wellness exercise, story-telling, and information sessions on settlement topics are organized by our Mandarin-speaking staff at the library and Settlement Workers. *** Languages: Mandarin & English

Where: 7600 Kennedy Rd, Unit #1 | Markham, ON L3R 9S5

When: Third Tuesday of every month starting in April, except the month of July where it will be on the last Tuesday. From 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Contact: Shirley Lin 905-305-4117 | 905-479-7926 |info@cicscanada.com | www.cicscanada.com

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 | info@cicscanada.com | www.cicscanada.com

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