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Parkdale Walking Group

Group Name: Parkdale Walking Group

Description: The Parkdale Walking Group will meet every Tuesday at 10:45am to stretch and then depart for a 30 to 60 minute wellness walk. Snacks will be provided. Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Don’t forget to wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothing and supportive walking shoes. All fitness levels are welcome! Rain or shine.

Where: In front of Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St West, at Cowan Avenue.

When: Every Tuesday, meet at 10:45am, leave at 11am.


Advanced Peer Support Facilitator Training

Our Peer Support Facilitation Training have so far enabled at least two facilitators to start their own peer groups right here in the city. Ashley Gryzbowski started a weekly walking group at St. John the Compassionate Mission and Tammy Clayton, a SHRC volunteer, just completed an 8 week wellness group with a focus on body image. The Introduction and Advanced training gave them both useful tools and skills needed to start a peer group.

Ashley’s feedback:
“The trainings have truly come in handy in helping us organize our walking group at St John’s Mission. Having a comfort agreement has helped set the tone for a supportive and inclusive group, and tips on ensuring other measures and logistics (finding space, scheduling, promotion, etc.) were used in organizing and starting our group.”

Tammy’s feedback:
“As a volunteer at the SHRC, I was encouraged to start my own group after attending the Introduction to Peer Support Group Facilitation Training. The training provided very detailed guidance on what is needed to start a group and precisely how to go about it. Using my own support group action plan created in the training, I was able to successfully plan a group, along with a co-facilitator, using a step by step process. I am looking forward to attending the Advanced Peer Support Group Facilitation Training where I will learn to strengthen my skills and share my experience facilitating a group. I highly recommend starting a peer support group. It was an invaluable experience and great fun!”

Please get in touch with us if you took the Peer Support Facilitator Training and have started a group of your own. We would like to hear from you.

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 | |

Volunteer With Us

At the Self-Help Resource Centre the core of our work is done through volunteers. We try to ensure that each volunteer can participate in the best way they can and we match their skills and passions and time restraints with their volunteer contribution. View current volunteer opportunities.

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 |

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