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Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Support for Women

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Elan (empowerment, love and networking)

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

ELAN is a program fostering health and wellness among South Asian Women and Trans Women Living with HIV/AIDS. This along with the Connecting to Care group offer:

  • Annual Health and Wellness Retreat
  • Health Promotion Workshops and Resources
  • Referrals/Assistance with Health Care and Social Services
  • Language Interpretation
  • Modest Financial Assistance

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Chhiring 416-599-2727 Ext. 232 | womensupport@asaap.ca | info@asaap.ca | asaap.ca

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Living with HIV/AIDS

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Connecting to Care

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

Connection to Care is a support program for both women and men that aims to create a space where South Asians living and aging with HIV can connect with one another, access services, inform resources and optimize their health.

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Shazia 416-599-2727 Ext. 223 | phasupport@asaap.ca | info@asaap.ca | asaap.ca

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

South Asian Women’s Centre – Senior’s Group

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

Senior’s Group
The group is funded by the City of Toronto CSP Partnership Program for Multilingual (Temil, Hindi, and Punjabi) isolated senior women. The group meets to discuss issues such as exercise, diet and nutrition, cultural activities, crafts, elder abuse, and health issues as they affect women who are seniors.

Where: 800 Lansdowne | Toronto, ON M6H 4K3

When: Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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

Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association – Diabetes Education

Group Name: Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association – Diabetes Education Program

Description: Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association is a non-profit charitable community services agency established since 1976. Our spectrum of services has grown from the delivery of Chinese meals-on-wheels service to a full range of community support services, covering the whole Greater Toronto Area, and the York Region.

Carefirst Diabetes Education Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to provide focused services on diabetes education, early intervention and prevention of diabetes-related complications and self management. Our program provides current, practical, culturally-relevant and customized diabetes education to help patients make decisions which will improve their blood glucose control. The program has multidisciplinary professionals as back up to answer the concerns of patients.
Program is suitable for individuals with Type 2 diabetes, poor control of diabetes or those at risk for developing diabetes (prediabetes).

  • Focus on patient’s self-management and skills enhancement
  • Customized to individual needs. Individual counseling sessions with nurse, dietitian and social worker
  • Group sessions with peer support
  • Feedback to patient’s own physician
  • Follow up monitoring
  • Health Care Team support and referral to specialists

***Chinese and South Asian Diabetes Education materials are available.

Where: 3601 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 501 | Toronto, ON M1W 3Y3

When: Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-502-2323 | info@carefirstseniors.com | www.carefirstseniors.com

Centre for Immigration and Community Services – South Asian Seniors

Group Name: Centre for Immigration and Community Services (CICS) – South Asian Seniors Support

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.

South Asian Seniors Support
Immigrating to a new country can be a very exciting and challenging experience. Would you like to share your stories with others or to learn more about the community resources in your neighbourhood? The South Asian Seniors Support Group meets regularly at different Welcome Centers of Immigrant Services in York region. This is a great opportunity for you to meet new friends and find support for one another. Each meeting features a special topic such as health related issues, employment, education, recreation, social benefits and more. We invite you to come and be a part of this community. *** Languages: Hindi & English

Where: 7220 Kennedy Road | Markham, ON L3R 7P2

When: Every Monday from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Mona 647-695-8118 | 905-479-7926 |info@cicscanada.com | www.cicscanada.com

Hong Fook MHA – South Asian Mental Health Clinic

Group Name: Hong Fook Mental Health Association & Mount Sinai Hospital (Assertive Community Treatment Team)

Description: Hong Fook Mental Health Association was established in 1982 to address the mental health concerns in the East Asian communities. They currently serve these communities:
Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Mount Sinai Hospital is a 446-bed acute care academic health sciences centre affiliated with the University of Toronto that is dedicated to delivering the best medicine and best patient experience. It is focused on excellence in patient and family-centred care, innovative education and leading-edge research.

The Association aims to help people with linguistic and cultural barriers to gain access to mental health services. They provide the following services to clients and their families:

  • Counseling
  • Case management
  • Assessment
  • Consultatio
  • Advocacy
  • Psycho-educational workshops and support groups
  • Special ESL (English as a Second Language) classes
  • Housing services

Where: Mount Sinai Hospital 260 Spadina Ave., Suite 204 | Toronto, ON, M5T 2E4

Contact: 416-586-9900 | www.mountsinai.on.ca | www.hongfook.ca

South Asian Women’s Centre – Wellness Group

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

Wellness Group
In a partnership project with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the City of Toronto, the Centre is looking at mental health issues of South Asian women with young children who may be feeling stress, isolation and/or depression. These women may have been victims of male violence, single mothers, and all are newcomers. Three groups (Tamil, Hindi and Punjabi) meet weekly so that woman can discuss issues affecting them, provide mutual support and share information/resources.

Where: 800 Lansdowne | Toronto, ON M6H 4K3

When: Mondays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Contact: Subuhi Jaffrey 416-537-2276 Ext. 228 | info@sawc.org | www.sawc.org

Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Isolated Afghani Women Support

Group Name: Settlement Assistance and Family Support Services – Isolated Afghani Women Support

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”.

Isolated Afghani Women Support
This group is for Afghani women that meets twice weekly. Settling in an unfamiliar environment can be both exciting and challenging. If you have an opportunity to share your feelings and concerns with others who are in the same boat, you will be able to get some support and grow out of your feeling of isolation. Just give us a call or make an appointment with our staff to learn more about our programs while you are coping with challenges relating to issues of settlement, relationships, parenting, health/emotion, or career choices. Languages: Afghan Persian/Farsi.

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

When: Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

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

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