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:

 

November events

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.

https://griefandlosswomenconnect.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://womenconnectsupportgroup.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://selfcompassionwomenconnect.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://jobsearchemotionalwellbeing.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://self-carewellnesswomenconnect.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://womenconnectcommunication.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://filmhealingwomenconnect.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://womenrightwomenconnect.eventbrite.ca

 

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.

https://happinesswomenconnect.eventbrite.ca  

 

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.

https://mindfulnesswomenconnect.eventbrite.ca

 

October Events
  • October 30 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Art therapy (Creative Expression of Emotions)
    This will be a workshop for women to express their emotions through arts and creative activities in a safe and empowering space.
    REGISTER
  • October 25 at 10 AM – 12 PM – HIV Information Session
    This will be an interactive session for women to learn more about HIV prevention and treatment.
    REGISTER
  • October 23 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Support Group Session
    This will be a support group for women recovering from trauma, to learn more about self-care and healthy ways of receiving support.
    REGISTER
  • October 18 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Reducing Stress and anxiety 
    This will be an interactive workshop for women to learn about healthy ways of reducing and managing stress and anxiety.
    REGISTER
  • October 16 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Conversation session
    This will be a group session for women to practice their English language skills in a supportive and non-judgemental space.
    REGISTER:
  • October 11 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Women in Film with TIFF
    Skills for Change + TIFF host the Newcomer Women Film Programme
    REGISTER
  • October 9 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Physical Activity (Health session for Diabetes prevention)

    An interative workshop about proper physical activity and how to avoid diabetes and other diseases. 

    REGISTER:

  • October 4th at 10 AM – 12 PM – Self-compassion
    This is an interactive workshop for women to learn about and practice self-compassion.
    REGISTER
  • October 2nd at 10 AM – 12 PM – Happiness
    An interactive workshop for women to explore what happiness means to them, and what they can do to feel happier more often.
    REGISTER
September Events:

Sept 28: Creative Self-care for Women

In a safe and empowering space, women are welcome to express their emotions and receive support. We will talk about creative ways that women including mothers and working women can integrate healthy self-care into their busy daily schedule.

https://womenselfcare.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 27: Support Group Session

https://wcwsupportgroupsession.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 25: Emotion regulation

This will be an interactive workshop for women to develop and improve healthy ways of emotion regulation.

https://wcwemotionregulation.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 20: Creative expression

This will be an interactive workshop for women to express their thoughts and emotions using creative activities (mostly drawing, coloring, and creating simple crafts)

https://wcwcreativeexpression.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 18: Self-confidence

This will be a safe space for women to learn more about ways to build and improve their self-confidence.

https://wcwselfconfidence.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 14: Time Management Inside Out

This will be an interactive workshop to discuss what improves time management. In addition to time management skills and strategies, we will also discuss the psychology behind how individuals manage their tasks and time. This will be a safe and empowering space for women to express their thoughts and receive support.

https://womentimemanagement.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 13: Wellness and self-care

This will be an interactive workshop to improve women wellness (physical and psychological). We will discuss healthy ways of self-care.

https://wcwwellnessselfcaresept.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 11: Happiness during difficult times

This will be an interactive workshop to explore healthy ways to enhance happiness, especially during difficult times (e.g. immigration and other big life changes and challenges).

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/happiness-during-difficult-times-tickets-49144092303

 

Sept 7: Reducing stress & anxiety

This will be an interactive workshop to support and empower women who are experiencing stress and/or anxiety. The participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and emotions in a safe space, and we will explore healthy ways of self-care to manage and reduce stress and anxiety.

https://womenstressreduction.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 6: Purpose and meaning (life and career)

This will be an interactive workshop to explore life purpose and ways to have a more meaningful life, in relation to career and life satisfaction.

https://wcwpurposeandmeaning.eventbrite.ca

 

Sept 4: Reducing stress & anxiety

This will be an interactive workshop to support and empower women who are experiencing stress and/or anxiety. The participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and emotions in a safe space, and we will explore healthy ways of self-care to manage and reduce stress and anxiety.

https://wcwstressreductionsept4.eventbrite.ca

 


August Events
  • August 30 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Support Group Session
    This will be an interactive workshop to learn more about happiness in relation to life purpose. Creating a safe, supportive and empowering space for women, in this session we will discuss; The meaning of happiness in relation to life purpose, The participants’ experience regarding life purpose and Healthy ways to enhance meaningful happiness

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/happiness-and-purpose/
  • August 28 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Support Group Session
    This will be an interactive support group session for women, facilitated by a counsellor. About this Event In line with the main purpose of this support group session (improving well-being and life skills), the participants will be free to share their life experience regarding immigration or any other challenges. Their needs will be explored and healthy ways to meet those needs.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/support-group-session-5/
  • August 21 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Financial Matters
    The Royal Bank of Canada, will have a presentation at “Skills for Change” about their services, and also about how to manage one’s budget. About this Event In this session, the presenters will introduce themselves, their role, how long they have been in the banking industry, the importance of saving, building credit history, and how to create a budget. At the end, there will be time for questions and answers.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/financial-matters/
  • August 16 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Skills for Employment
    This session will be about the skills you need to improve in order to find a job that will suit your skills and interests. You will learn about; Job search strategies, Resume building, Cover letter, Networking, Interview skills

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/skills-for-employment-2/
  • August 14 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Support Group Session
    This will be an interactive workshop to create a safe, supportive, and empowering space for women. In this group session, the participants will be free to share their experience regarding any challenges or concerns. A counsellor will facilitate this support group session, and the main purpose will be empowering women, and helping them improve their life skills and well-being.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/support-group-session-4/
  • August 9 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Self-Compassion and Life Changes
    This will be an interactive workshop to learn more about self-compassion, especially in regard to big life changes such as immigration. Creating a safe, supportive and empowering space for women, in this group session we will discuss; The meaning and importance of self-compassion, especially when a person experiences a big life change, Experience of the participants in this regard and Healthy ways to practice self-compassion

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/self-compassion-and-life-changes/
  • August 7 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Happiness and Self-care
    This will be an interactive workshop to learn more about happiness and self-care for women. Creating a safe and supportive space for women, in this group session we will discuss; The meaning of happiness and self-care, The importance of self-care for women, The participants’ experience in this regard, What will help women improve their self-care and Healthy ways of effective self-care

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/happiness-and-self-care/
  • August 2 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Skills for Employment
    This session will be about the skills you need to improve in order to find a job that will suit your skills and interests. You will learn about; Job search strategies, Resume building, Cover letter, Networking, Interview skills

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/skills-for-employment

 

July Events
  • July 31 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Confidence and Self-Esteem Building
    This will be group session for women to learn more about self-confidence and self-esteem and how to improve them. In this group session we will discuss:

    • 1) What does confidence and self-esteem mean to you ?
    • 2) Steps to improving confidence and self-esteem
    • 3) Activities based on assessing your confidence and self-esteem and things you already like about yourself/skills you bring to a job
    • 4) What can effect your confidence and self-esteem
    • 5) How to remain confident when looking for a job/in interviews
      REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/confidence-and-self-esteem-building/
  • July 26 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Adjustment Process
    This will be an interactive group session to discuss your experience regarding adjustment after immigration to Canada. This will be an interactive group session to discuss the adjustment process, challenges that immigrants and refugees may experience, and healthy ways to face them. The purpose is to create a safe, supportive, and empowering space for women to share their experience. We will discuss and discover ways to improve your skills, so that you can adjust and integrate into Canadian life more easily.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/adjustment-process/
  • July 24 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Healthy Relationships
    This will be a group session to learn about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and the skills necessary to deal with abusive ones. This will be an interactive group session for women.
  • We will discuss:
    • 1) The difference between unhealthy and healthy relationships
    • 2) Types of relationships including relationships with romantic partners, family, friends and work colleagues
    • 3) Why someone may stay in an unhealthy/abusive relationship
    • 4) What to do if you know someone who is in an unhealthy relationship
    • 5) What you can do to improve your relationships
    • 6) How to end toxic/unhealthy relationships
      REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/healthy-relationships
  • July 19 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Conversation Session: English Language Skills
    This will be a group session to practice and improve your conversation skills This will be an interactive workshop to practice English and to improve your conversation skills. An experienced English teacher will facilitate this group conversation session.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/conversation-session-english-language-skills
  • July 17 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Reducing Stress and Anxiety
    This will be an interactive workshop to learn healthy ways of managing and reducing stress and anxiety. Join us for an interactive workshop on managing stress and anxiety, and also reducing them in healthy ways. A counsellor will facilitate this session, and what you share will stay confidential within the group. You will learn and improve your stress management skills. Also, we will practice a brief meditation (optional) if you are interested.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/reducing-stress-and-anxiety
  • July 12 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Support Group Session
    This will be an interactive “Support Group Session” to create a safe and empowering space for all women, facilitated by a counsellor. Join us for an interactive and creative “Support Group Session”. All women are welcome. We will create a safe and empowering space for you to express your thoughts and feelings, to talk about your life experience (e.g. challenges, success, hopes and goals), and to improve your self-confidence and skills. A counsellor will facilitate this session, and everything you share will stay confidential.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/support-group-session-3
  • July 10 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Legal Rights Information
    This will be an information session for immigrants, refugees, and all women participants to learn about their legal rights and legal matters. If you have questions regarding your legal rights, or you would like to learn more about the legal matters, please join us for this free information session. METRAC will present this session at “Skills for Change” 791 St. Clair West Ave.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/legal-rights-information
  • July 5 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Happiness
    An interactive workshop to reflect on, and to discuss the meaning of happiness (reminding the participants that every person may have their own definition of happiness) and discover/identify healthy ways to improve one’s life satisfaction and emotional well-being.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/happiness/

 

  • July 3 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Compassion and Creativity
    This is an interactive workshop including creative activities, in order to help the participants (e.g., women immigrants, new comers & refugees) practice presence and awareness of their thoughts and emotions. The creative activities are designed and will be suggested to enhance healthy ways of expression for women to express their ideas and emotions.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/compassion-and-creativity/

June Events

  • June 28 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Support Group Session
    This group support session, led by a counsellor is to create a safe, supportive and empowering space for women. All immigrants, newcomers and refugees are welcome to join and speak about their experience, challenges and needs. We will identify your concerns, and explore ways to achieve your goals (in line with improving your skills and well-being).
    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/support-group-session-2/

 

  • June 26 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Self Compassion
    An interactive workshop to discuss common and unique challenges and difficulties that women immigrants, refugees, and newcomers face. The purpose of this workshop would be to support and empower women and to enhance their confidence, through helping them identify and appreciate their own and each other’s skills, strengths, and positive qualities. Finally, the participants will learn to practice more self-compassion and self-acceptance.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/self-compassion/

 

  • June 21 at 10 AM – 12 PM – Support Group Session
    This workshop will be held as the first support group session, to promote a safe and supportive environment for women. Women will be invited to share their thoughts and emotions regarding their experience with immigration, adjustment, and integration into the Canadian environment. The goal is to support and empower women and encourage them to empower each other.

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/support-group-session/

 

 

  • June 14 at 10 AM – Stress Management Workshop

    Stress Management Workshop will include the following:
    *What is stress?
    *Signs you are experiencing stress
    *Steps of stress management
    *Stress relief techniques and activities
    *Further support services

    REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/stress-management-workshop/ 

 

  • June 12 at 10 AM – Settlement Info Session
    The settlement orientation consists of a 30-minute presentation about settlement services available to newcomer women such as Housing, Volunteering, Community services and more! We offer information and guidance on permanent and temporary housing, child care and children’s services, healthcare, government services, legal services, employment training, adult education programs and more. REGISTER: https://skillsforchange.org/events/settlement-info-session/

For more information, please contact wcw@skillsforchange.org