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.

Join us for free weekly workshops every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm.
  • Child minding services available on site.
  • Refreshments will be provided
  • TTC tokens offered to all events attendees
Free personal counselling is available for women (immigrants, refugees and newcomers).
Email: Narges Khazraei <nkhazraei@skillsforchange.org>

Upcoming Events

Please check our events calendar for the latest events.

September Events

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 (10 a.m. –noon): Happiness

This is an interactive workshop and a safe space for all individuals who are interested in learning more about positive psychology and what research suggests about happiness and how to improve it. We will also discuss individual differences, and participants may share what happiness means to them and what they would like to work on. We will also discuss happiness during difficult times, and experiencing big life changes such as immigration and building a new life.

Thursday, September 5th, 2019 (10 a.m. –noon): Self-confidence for women

This is an interactive workshop for women who would like to learn more about self-confidence, and improve their self-confidence. We will discuss the results of some research studies in this regard, as well as, personal experience of the participants who would like to share and talk in a safe and supportive space. The purpose of this workshop is to empower women

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 (10 a.m. –noon): Wellness for employment

This is a workshop for individuals who are searching and applying for jobs or are currently working and would like to improve their well-being. The topics we will discuss include: what wellness means, different aspects of wellness, how to maintain a regular self-care routine, healthy ways of reducing stress, and healthy ways of improving one’s well-being. We will also practice a brief mindfulness based meditation.

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 (10 a.m.-noon): Reducing stress and anxiety

This is an interactive workshop for all individuals (adults) who would like to reduce their stress and/or feelings of anxiety. We will discuss what contributes to stress, and how to live a healthier and calmer life. Activities such as a brief meditation, journaling, and self-compassion are included. Participants who would like to share their concerns are welcome to do so. A certified counsellor will facilitate this workshop and will explain how you can receive more support if you need it.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 (10 a.m.-noon): Mindfulness

This is a workshop for all individuals who are interested in learning about mindfulness, and how to practice it. Mindfulness has been shown to be very beneficial for reducing stress and improving individuals’ well-being. In this session, the participants will learn how mindfulness can help them become more aware of their thoughts and emotions, in order to manage them, and not be controlled by them. The participants will also benefit from practicing mindfulness based stress reduction skills.

Thursday, September 19th, 2019 (10 a.m.-noon): Support group for women (Arts & crafts)

This is a support group for women, including newcomers and women in transition (e.g. career transition). The participants will have an opportunity to meet, connect, and share their thoughts regarding their life experience, needs, challenges, concerns, and progress. Arts and crafts may be used as a mean to express thoughts and emotions in a safe, supportive and empowering space. There is absolutely no judgment and no need for artistic skills. Techniques do not matter. Instead this is a time for receiving support. A certified counsellor will facilitate this group session

August Events

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 (10 a.m.-12): Happiness

This is an interactive workshop and a safe space for all individuals who are interested in learning more about positive psychology and what research suggests about happiness and how to improve it. We will also discuss individual differences, and participants may share what happiness means to them and what they would like to work on. We will also discuss happiness during difficult times, and experiencing big life changes such as immigration and building a new life.

Thursday, August 8th, 2019 (10 a.m. -12): Support Group for Women (Arts and Crafts)

This is a support group for women, including newcomers and women in transition (e.g. career transition). The participants will have an opportunity to meet, connect, and share their thoughts regarding their life experience, needs, challenges, concerns, and progress. Arts and crafts may be used as a mean to express thoughts and emotions in a safe, supportive and empowering space. There is absolutely no judgment and no need for artistic skills. Techniques do not matter. Instead this is a time for receiving support. A certified counsellor will facilitate this group session.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 (10 a.m.-12): Self-Confidence for women

This is an interactive workshop for women who would like to learn more about self-confidence, and improve their self-confidence. We will discuss the results of some research studies in this regard, as well as, personal experience of the participants who would like to share and talk in a safe and supportive space. The purpose of this workshop is to empower women.

Thursday, August 15th, 2019 (10 a.m.-12): Separation Agreement: Legal rights for women

This group mentoring is for women who would like to learn more about their legal rights, especially regarding separation. For this session, we will have an expert guest speaker from METRAC. This is a safe and supportive space for women, and all women are welcome.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 (10 a.m. -12): Reducing stress and anxiety

This is an interactive workshop for all individuals (adults) who would like to reduce their stress and/or feelings of anxiety. We will discuss what contributes to stress, and how to live a healthier and calmer life. Activities such as a brief meditation, journaling, and self-compassion are included. Participants who would like to share their concerns are welcome to do so. A certified counsellor will facilitate this workshop and will explain how you can receive more support if you need it.

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 (10 a.m -12): Support group for women (self-care included)

This is a support group for women of all ages, including newcomer women, mothers, seniors, and women who are in transition. We will discuss how big life changes can influence one’s wellbeing and how to navigate the challenges that a women may face during and after a big life change (e.g. immigration, career transition, becoming a mother). The participants are welcome to share their concerns in a safe and supportive space. A certified counsellor will facilitate this group session, and will explain how you can receive more support if you need it.

July Events

Tuesday, July 2nd (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.): Self-confidence for women

 This group session will be a workshop for women to learn more about self-confidence. In this session, we will discuss: what self-confidence means, its connection with self-esteem, self-worth, and self-acceptance, and what contributes to improving one’s self-confidence in a healthy way.

Thursday, July 4th (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.): Happiness

This group session will be an interactive workshop on happiness and positive psychology. Some of the topics we will discuss are: what happiness means, what contributes to individuals’ happiness, emotional wellness, life satisfaction, and how to identify and apply character strengths.

Tuesday, July 9th (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.): Immigration status and risks

What you need to know about immigration status in Canada. This presentation will focus on the different immigration status in Canada and any risks that people may face if they lose their status. It will also include referrals to places who can provide legal advice. For this session, we will have expert guest speakers from METRAC.

Wednesday, July 10th (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.): Volunteer opportunities in Toronto

Job hunting can be challenging in today’s market. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and build your network, as well as an opportunity to make new friends and have some fun. This interactive session focuses on the “who, what, when, where and how” of volunteering by exploring 6 ways volunteering can help with your job search. Discover how to search for and apply to volunteer positions, and what to expect along the way!

Friday, July 12th (10 a.m – 12 p.m ):  Employment Ontario presents

You can attend this session to learn more about “Employment Ontario” services. Our colleagues from Employment Ontario will be here to tell you about a variety of services that they offer to help and support you on the path of looking for employment.


Tuesday, July 16
th (10 a.m. – 12 p.m): Financial literacy

Money and newcomers. This will be a workshop for all individuals who are interested in learning more about financial matters in Canada. This session will be very helpful especially for newcomers. Some of the topics covered in this session include: Canadian banking system, budgeting, credit, and fraud and scams. We will have an expert guest speaker from Credit Canada for this session.

Tuesday, July 23rd (10 a.m. -12): Support group for mothers

This is a support group for mothers to meet and connect in a safe space. All women are welcome in this group session. The participants may talk about their life experience, challenges, concerns, and needs in an empowering environment, to receive help and support from a certified counsellor.


Tuesday, July 30
th (10 a.m. – 12 p.m): Reducing stress and anxiety

This will be an interactive workshop and a safe space for individuals who would like to learn more about what contributes to stress and/or anxiety, and how to manage and reduce one’s stress in a healthy way. Some of the topics discussed in this session include: mindset, perspective, patterns of the mind, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

June Events

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 (10 a.m – 12 p.m): Happiness

This group session will be an interactive workshop on happiness and positive psychology. Some of the topics we will discuss are: what happiness means, what contributes to individuals’ happiness, emotional wellness, life satisfaction, and how to identify and apply character strengths.

Thursday, June 6th (10 a.m – 12 p.m ): Self-confidence for women

This group session will be a workshop for women to learn more about self-confidence. In this session, we will discuss: what self-confidence means, its connection with self-esteem, self-worth, and self-acceptance, and what contributes to improving one’s self-confidence in a healthy way.

Tuesday, June 11th (10 a.m – 12 p.m): Wellness and self-care

This group session will be a workshop for all individuals who are willing to improve their well-being. We will discuss different aspects of wellness (physical, mental, emotional, social), but we will focus more on psychological wellness (mental and emotional), and relevant self-care.

Thursday, June 13th (2 p.m – 4 p.m): Mindful self-compassion

This group session will be a workshop for all women who are interested in mindfulness and self-compassion. In this workshop, we will discuss and practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness refers to practicing self-awareness through being present in the moment and paying attention to one’s experiences non-judgmentally. Self-compassion refers to practicing kindness, acceptance, and compassion towards oneself, especially during difficult times. Research suggests mindfulness and self-compassion have been very beneficial for individuals’ well-being.

Tuesday, June 18th (10 a.m – 12 p.m): Financial literacy

This is a workshop for newcomers and individuals who would like to learn more about how to budget and manage their finances. For this session, we have a guest speaker from Credit Canada. We will discuss: Canadian banks, the importance of spending plans, managing one’s finances, different saving accounts, and identifying and protecting yourself from fraud.

Tuesday, June 18th (10 a.m – 12 p.m): Financial literacy

This is a workshop for newcomers and individuals who would like to learn more about how to budget and manage their finances. For this session, we have a guest speaker from Credit Canada. We will discuss: Canadian banks, the importance of spending plans, managing one’s finances, different saving accounts, and identifying and protecting yourself from fraud.

Thursday, June 20th, (2 p.m – 5 p.m): Fantastic Funny Folks: Comedy for Mental Health

Are you interested in mindfulness and fun creative activities (e.g., Improv) that will help you reduce your stress and communicate with more confidence? Join us on June 20th at Skills for Change central. We have guest speakers who will facilitate an empowering session for women. All women are welcome.

Fantastic Funny Folks is an organization that combines Improv and mindfulness to benefit and empower women, trans folk and non-binary individuals across Canada. It is run by Alicia Douglas, Candace Meeks and Brie Watson, three improvisers based in Toronto, Ontario.

Combined, they provide workshops to help mitigate anxiety, instil confidence, communicate more effectively, reconnect with their creativity and ultimately find their voice.

Tuesday, June 25th (10 a.m – 12 p.m): Self-confidence and self-esteem (Caitlin from the Redwood)

This is an interactive workshop for women who would like to improve their self-esteem and self-confidence. In this group session we have an expert guest speaker who will discuss: What is confidence? Tips for building Confidence What is self-esteem. Tips for building self-esteem. What effects our confidence and self-esteem? 

Thursday, June 27th (2 p.m – 4 p.m): Arts and crafts (a support group for women)

This is a support group for women, especially new mothers, newcomer women, women who are survivors of trauma, women experiencing career transition, and other women who are experiencing a big change in their lives. You will have a chance to speak about your concerns, needs, and what kind of support you are hoping to receive. You can also engage in arts and crafts activities as you speak and make new friends.

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