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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!

Art Meetup For Peers 16-29 yrs.

Group Name:  Art Meetup For Peers

Description:  Stella’s Studio is an arts-based community by and for young adults with lived experience. Peers are welcome to join us to connect and create in a safe space where everyone’s art is celebrated.  The group is for youth aged 16 to 29 years of age.

Where:  Stella’s Place, 18 Camden Street, Toronto, ON

When:   The next Meetup dates are Wednesday March 9 and Wednesday March 23rd,  6:00pm – 9:00pm

Ryerson’s 50+ Festival June 1-4

Each year, Programs for 50+ at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education presents a public festival of creativity and ideas. The 50+ Festival (formerly known as The Silver Screens Arts Festival) celebrates the arts, live theatre, film, and music. It also features an array of lectures by renowned speakers that reflect the content offered by Programs for 50+.

This year’s 50+ Festival offers inspiring sessions that promote conversations about creative aging, reinvention, the business of aging and so much more. Join us on the Ryerson University campus as we celebrate new perspectives and approaches that will challenge your notions of living longer. More info here.

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015 – HEALTHY AGING (Five habits of the aging mind, volunteering, theatre shows
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015 – GET PSYCHED! (Engaging with aging and psychology, singers and theatre performances
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015 – INSPIRATION (The woman who changed her brain, talks and theatre shows
  • Contact: 416-979-5000 Ext. 4569 | fiftyplus@ryerson.ca

    Location: 350 Victoria Street, Toronto

Unleash Your Creativity

Group Name: Unleash Your Creativity

Description: It’s been said that there is no heavier burden that an unfulfilled potential. Do you play a musical instrument and would like to showcase your talent? Do you write – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. but don’t know how to get published? Do you paint but have no place to
show off your art work? You have an urge to be creative but are lost on how to get started?

We’ve started a support group – more like of a workshop – where we “unleash our creativity.” Based on Taoism’s interpretation of the Golden Rule, (treat your neighbour’s gain as your gain; your neighbour’s loss as your loss), we will create an environment of INTERDEPENDENCE where we help each other with his/her creativity. Just a few ideas: Play a musical instrument? How about forming a musical combo and entertain in nursing homes and hospitals? Is writing your thing? How about self publishing? Or upload your creation onto the internet? How about painting or artwork? We could showcase your work at our very own exhibit. Who knows! We may even make a few dollars.

Contact: Ken Munro 416-481-4076 | munrokb2003@yahoo.com

Unleash Your Creativity

It’s been said that there is no heavier burden that an unfulfilled potential. Do you play a musical instrument and would like to showcase your talent? Do you write – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. but don’t know how to get published? Do you paint but no place to show off your art work? You have an urge to be creative but are lost on how to get started? Ken Munro has started a support group – more like of a workshop – where we “unleash our creativity.” Based on Taoism’s interpretation of the Golden Rule, (treat your neighbour’s gain as your gain; your neighbour’s loss as your loss), we will create an environment of INTERDEPENDENCE where we help each other with his/her creativity. More details here.

Contact:Ken Munro 416-481-4076 | munrokb2003@yahoo.com

Recovery Forum 2015

Houselink is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto that provides supportive housing. They offer a range of housing options, individualized supports and community-based programs. Houselink makes it possible for people struggling with extreme poverty, mental health and addiction issues to pursue recovery and build meaningful lives on their own terms.

Houelink’s Recovery Forum 2015 is all about maintaining your wellness. Guest speakers will include a staff and volunteer of the Self-Help Resource Centre. This is a free event and open to the public. Please contact for more details. Event flyer

Contact: Carmen 416-539-0690 Ext. 256 | carmenca@houselink.on.ca

Where: College Street United Church, 452 College Street, Toronto

When: Thursday May 21st, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

St. John the Compassionate Mission – Walking Group

Group Name: St. John the Compassionate Mission – Walking Group

Description: Our vision at St. John the Compassionate Mission is the most fundamental need of people is something that most people take for granted – a meaningful place in a healthy community, a sense of belonging. Without it, drug rehab, improved housing or employment programs have little effect. Without it, people remain trapped in a lifestyle that is difficult to escape. When people do not feel like they belong, they just cannot seem to recover.

Kettle of Fish Programs at St. John the Compassionate Mission offer a weekly walking group, workshop, community dinner and kids corner. Our walking group takes place every Tuesday (rain or shine) from April to June 2015 (with the possibility of extending it into the rest of summer and fall) at St John the Compassionate Mission. We meet at 155 Broadview Avenue, one block north of Queen Street at 1 p.m. where we stretch and hydrate before our walk. Our walks range from 30 to 45 mins at various paces throughout the neighbourhood and into the Don Valley, and end off at a coffee shop for social time as a group. All are welcome.

Where: 155 Broadview Avenue | Toronto, ON M4M 2E9

When: Every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Contact: Ashley 416 466 1357 Ext. 29 | kofsjcm@gmail.com | www.stjohnsmission.org

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

416 Community Support for Women – Drop-In Services

Group Name: 416 Community Support for Women – Drop-In Services

Description: 416 Community Support for Women is a daytime drop in program for women looking to gain or give support while coping with, isolation, addiction and/or mental health issues and other difficulties. We are located in a large Victorian home in which we provide a variety of formal and informal supports to some of the hardest to reach women in the community. Basic services include daily breakfast and lunch, weekly food bank, social/recreational programs and life skills training. The centre also offers weekly medical clinics and mental health and addiction case management services on a daily basis.

Along with the provision of supports to meet daily basic needs, staff offer drop in crisis intervention services seven days a week which may include access to our medical clinic and/or mental health and addiction case management staff. Drop In staff also oversee the weekly food bank, facilitate various group activities and provide supportive counselling on a daily basis. The group activities include art and writing classes and various social/recreational programs and life skills training. Since many of the centre’s participants are aging women, staff also focus on assisting with senior age health concerns such as support to follow prescribed medication and dietary regiments.

Where: 416 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2A8
40 Oak Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2C6

When: Any day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Contact: 416-928-3334 (Dundas) | 416-964-6936 (Oak Street) | Rosie.s@416community.com | www.416community.com

The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Nordic Pole Walking

Group Name: The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Walk This Way (Nordic Pole Walking)

Description: The Four Villages Community Health Centre is a non-profit, primary health care facility. Since 1991, we have been providing many needed services to the individuals and families living in our service area. We provide primary health care services and programs that include treatment, prevention of illness, health promotion, and capacity building. Our interdisciplinary team works to provide coordinated services and programs for all ages, with a focus on seniors, families with young children (in particular newcomers) and youth. The services and programs are delivered at the individual, group and community levels.

A free Nordic Pole Walking Group is being held indoors for Four Villages. Nordic Pole Walking is a fun and effective low impact, full-body workout for people of all ages and fitness levels. We meet at the
Centre Court inside the Galleria Shopping Centre, 1245 Dupont Street at Dupont and Dufferin. Everyone is welcome! No experience required! Poles are available to borrow or you can buy your own to make pole walking a daily activity. To register or for more information, contact Junko.

Where: 1700 Bloor Street West | Toronto, ON M6P 4C3

When: Every Wednesday from now until March 25th, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

Contact: Junko 416-604-0640 Ext. 6453 | www.4villageschc.ca

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