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Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight

The Self-Help Resource Centre, with the assistance of Houselink, has launched a new peer support wellness group, titled “Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight”. This group is for persons interested in discovering ways to eat healthier and get active, while connecting with other community members.

The group formed by shared experiences of the volunteers, in which medical professions had advised them to lose weight and eat healthy; however, failing to acknowledge that those goals require more than just exercising and eating healthy, but also need peer support and guidance. The premise of this group relies on the acknowledgement that people who are overweight, and people who are not, may experience some of the same things that are not necessarily due to a particular illness or condition; such as, poor body image, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, fatigue and joint pain. Therefore, this group is an inclusive space for those who wish to lose weight and those who would like to gain confidence and positive esteem with their body image.

The group will start with a thirty minute community walk, followed by a one hour discussion. The discussion topics are not limited to the following: accepting and respecting the diversity of body sizes and shapes, emotional eating, body image, mindful eating, etc.

We recognize that each individual is unique and that we all, individually and collectively, have the power and ability to improve our physical and mental health. We would also like to acknowledge that we do not offer medical advice. For additional information and support around eating disorders please visit the following websites.

Sheena’s Place – for eating disorders, self-esteem and eating disorder recovery support
Sistering – for services and support specifically pertaining to women
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre – resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
The Toronto Public Library – for a variety of free resources on exercise, healthy eating, chronic illnesses, and eating disorders.
The Self-Help Resource Centre – database of over 700 support groups in the GTA.

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 – Arts & Craft Support for Women

Group Name: Nellie’s – Arts & Craft Support for Women

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.

Arts and Craft Support Group
Provides the opportunity for women to have fun and take risks in a supportive atmosphere. Many women have not had the opportunity to do something fun and creative for a long time. Providing the opportunity with staff to guide them through the activity helps women develop self-confidence and a new form of expression. The group is also a great place for discussion, while providing a space not only for women to come together, socialize, and learn a new skill, but the opportunity for women to discuss topics they present as a priority in a less structured format.

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

Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Group Name: Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Description: Fife House is an innovative, client-focused provider of secure and supportive affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area.
Fife House delivers services which are focused on enhancing quality of life, building on individual strengths and promoting independence – recognizing that access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Community Programs Department was created to address isolation and marginalization of men, women and families living with HIV/AIDS. The program promotes social integration, health and well being, which help in developing a sense of belonging and community among residents and within the larger community. The staff team oversees the Wellness Centre at our Sherbourne site which provides a variety of services offered by professionals free of charge. Alternative therapies (touch therapy, polarity therapy, naturopathy, reflexology etc.) are very popular with people living with HIV/AIDS and the team strive to provide a variety of opportunities for residents and clients in all programs.

Social/Recreational Programs provide access to a range of activities, services and outlets for residents/clients including: congregate dining, outings, yoga, expressive arts, games night and a gardening club.

Where: 490 Sherbourne Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4X 1K9

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-205-9888 | www.fifehouse.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

North York Community House – Community Kitchen Program

Group Name: North York Community House – Community Kitchen Program

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 has offered a variety of community kitchen programs for many years – the popularity of these groups is based on a powerful combination of food and fun. Participants get to know others in their communities, while cooking and eating delicious, nutritious meals together. These groups also provide an opportunity to learn about other supports and resources in the community, and discuss issues of concern. NYCH also conducts training sessions so that newcomers can learn how to facilitate their own community kitchen groups.

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 – Senior Services

Group Name: Midaynta Community Services – Senior Services

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.

Senior Services
Midaynta joined the Breaking Down the Barriers to Seniors Services project under the Multi Agency Partnership Project (MAPP) in 2003. The program was funded by the United Way of Greater Toronto.
The seniors’ services program was consequently developed over the following 3 years and is run at Weston and Lawrence area. It has become quite popular among the Somali senior population. Through the program, seniors have access to recreational and educational programs, congregate dining, various health-related services, meals on wheels, transportation and escort, home help/homemaking, respite care, adult day programs and seniors’ case management (information and referral, crisis intervention and assistance).

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

CultureLink – Seniors Services

Group Name: CultureLink – Seniors Services

Description: CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural.
Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

The Newcomer Seniors Centre (NSC) provides services and activities to all newcomer seniors with a special focus on Chinese, Polish, and Spanish speaking seniors. The activities are for all immigrant seniors, primarily driven by seniors. The seniors and NSC staff organize educational workshops and social events for the immigrant seniors to mingle and learn more about their communities and their rights in Canada. We are constantly exploring different ways to engage immigrant seniors and facilitate their integration and contribution to Canadian society. Services include:

  • General information and referrals
  • Educational workshops related to ageing such as health and safety, financial issues, etc.
  • Internet literacy classes
  • Fitness program
  • Cultural outings and field trips
  • Arts and crafts
  • Global Roots Gardening
  • Variety of social events

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 416-588-6288 | reception@culturelink.ca | www.culturelink.ca

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