Women Connecting with Women
This program is open to anyone who is woman-identified.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new program called Women Connecting with Women. The program will address the systemic issues of newcomer women who face multi-barriers. The program will provide newcomer women with tools and resources to reduce social isolation, increase self-esteem, increase their networks and build confidence. The program will also provide access to one on one counseling/crisis counseling, support groups, mentoring, language enhancement and life-skills training. The end goal is for newcomer women to feel empowered and to support their social and economic integration in the Canadian Society.
- Child minding services available on site.
- Refreshments will be provided
- TTC tokens offered to all events attendees
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Happiness
This is an interactive workshop for women to learn more about happiness and emotional wellness. We will discuss what happiness means to each person, what contributes to one’s happiness, positive psychology, and some healthy ways to improve emotional wellbeing.
Thursday, January 3, 2019 (Time: 10 AM-12): Mindful Self-Compassion
This is an interactive workshop for women to learn more about self-awareness and self-compassion. We will discuss mindfulness, being present, not judging, awareness of one’s emotions and thoughts, and how to practice self-compassion.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Time: 10 AM-12): Women and Wellness
This will be an information session and an interactive workshop about women wellness and self-care.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 (Time: 10.15 AM – 12.30): Volunteer Toronto Information Session
This will be an information session about volunteer positions in Toronto, to support and empower women.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 (Time: 10 AM-12): Emotional fitness for job search
This will be an interactive workshop for women to learn more about wellness and self-care, especially for the time they are looking for employment. We will discuss how to manage and reduce one’s stress, what contributes to optimal wellness, healthy ways of self-care, and how to improve one’s self-efficacy during this time.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (Time: 10 AM-12): Self-care for women
This will be an interactive workshop for women to learn more about self-care and wellness. In this session, we will talk about what challenges women face that may affect their well-being and what helps to maintain a regular self-care routine.
*Thursday, January 17, 2019 (Time 10 AM-12): Arts & Crafts
This will be a workshop for women who are interested in arts and crafts. There is no need to know any techniques. We will have a fun group activity, and you can express yourself using colors and forms.
Saturday, January 19th, 2019 (10.15AM – 12.30 PM: Women, wellness and relationships
Harm Reduction in a relationship context, Intimacy and Risk Management in a relationship context.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (Time 2- 4 PM): Women services in Scarborough
This will be an information session for women to learn more about services and resources that exist in GTA, especially in Scarborough. We will discuss different services and resources that can support and empower women, especially newcomers, and women from different cultural backgrounds.
*Thursday, January 24, 2019 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Financial literacy
This will be an information session on financial matters, and managing one’s finances. We will have an expert guest speaker for this group session. In this session you have a chance to ask your questions regarding financial matters, and to learn more about topics related to financial security.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (Time: 10 AM-12): Wellness for employment
This will be an interactive workshop for women who would like to learn more about how to be more prepared for employment. In this session we will discuss stress reduction, self-care, self-compassion, self-confidence, and how to be more confident when applying for employment, and/or when starting a new job.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 (Time: 10 AM-12): Communication for career
This will be an interactive workshop for women to improve their communication skills related to employment, work place, and career. We will discuss clear and effective communication, interpersonal relationships, and cultural awareness related to one’s career.
Tuesday, December 4 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Happiness
This will be an interactive workshop for women to learn more about positive psychology and how to apply its principles in one’s daily life. We will explore what happiness means, considering each person’s unique needs, goals, and perception. Then, we will talk about what contributes to happiness (e.g., one’s perspective, healthy ways of thinking, healthy behaviour, managing relationships, self-care, self-awareness, and taking care of one’s emotions).
Thursday, December 6 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Support GroupThis will be a support group for women immigrants, refugees, and newcomers who may be experiencing different challenges such as unemployment, language barriers, cultural differences, homesickness, past trauma, stress, grief, and other life challenges.
Tuesday, December 11 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Self-care for women
This will be a workshop for women to learn more about self-care and improving their well-being. We will talk about stress reduction, practical and healthy time-management, creative and new ways of self-care, self-approval, being present, self-compassion, and healthy relationships.
Thursday, December 13 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
This will be an interactive workshop on mindful self-compassion. Women will have a safe space to express their thoughts and emotions regarding life challenges, challenges of being an immigrant, and challenges of being a woman/mother. The participants will learn more about and practice mindfulness and self-compassion, and how to apply mindful self-compassion in one’s daily life.
Tuesday, December 18 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Story-telling and personal development
This workshop will create a safe space for women to tell their story of coming to Canada and starting a new life. Participants who do not wish to talk about their story, can use creative writing or art instead. The participants can also talk about any life experience they previously had. The goal will be recovery (e.g., from any past trauma or grief) and personal development (e.g., improving one’s self-confidence). Women may discover that they are stronger than they previously thought, and they can also support and empower each other.
Thursday, December 20 (Time: 10 AM- 12): Reducing stress and anxiety
This will be a workshop for women to learn more about healthy ways of reducing and managing stress and anxiety (e.g., new ways of thinking, healthy life style, mindfulness, self-compassion and more). The participants will experience a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and empowering space where they can share their thoughts and emotions, and gain more self-awareness.
November 29, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Recovering from grief and loss
This will be an interactive workshop for women who need additional support and a safe space to recover from grief and loss. In addition to the workshop, the participants who would like to receive more support will have access to personal counselling sessions for free.
November 27, at 2 PM to 4 PM: Support Group Session
This will be a support group session for women who were born in other countries and are now living in Canada. This will be a safe and supporting space for the participants to express their thoughts and emotions, and talk about their experience as an immigrant, refugee, or newcomer.
November 22, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Self-Compassion
This will be an interactive workshop on self-compassion. Women will be encouraged to express their thoughts and emotions regarding life challenges, challenges of being an immigrant, and challenges of being a woman/mother. The participants will learn more about and practice self-compassion.
November 20, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Emotional fitness during job search
This will be a group session for women to learn more about maintaining and improving their well-being when they are experiencing challenges of finding a job.
November 15, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Self-care and wellness
This will be an interactive workshop for women to learn more about self-care, its importance, and healthy ways of practical self-care to improve their wellness.
November 13, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Assertive Communication
This will be an interactive workshop for women to learn more about assertive communication, and to improve one’s skills in this regard.
November 10, at 10 AM to 1 PM: Healing through creative writing for film
This will be an interactive workshop for women who are interested in films and/or creative activities. The participants will experience self-awareness, self-exploration, and healing by engaging in practices that incorporate both creative story-telling and psychology.
November 8, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Legal rights for women
This will be an information session about women’s legal rights, especially regarding how to protect oneself against violence.
November 6, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Happiness
This will be an interactive workshop to learn about positive psychology and how to apply it in one’s daily life. We will also explore what happiness means, considering each person’s unique needs and perception.
November 1, at 10 AM to 12 PM: Mindfulness
This will be an interactive workshop for women to learn about and practice mindfulness. A brief mindfulness meditation will be part of the session, and the participants will also discuss and learn how to apply the skills during their daily lives too.