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Description:

Working Skills Centre (WSC) is an innovative, community-based, non-profit, charitable organization that empowers immigrants, primarily women. Our purpose is to prepare our clients to fully participate in Canadian society by providing skills training, work experience, and settlement services that ultimately lead to employment.

Programs & Services:

Settlement Services

  • Free Citizen Preparation Test-We will help you work through the free study guide provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Newcomer orientation and information
  • Assisted access to other community services and social support
  • Referrals to services that address immediate client needs for housing, clothing or even domestic violence response and counselling
  • Form filling assistance and letter preparation to support applications for work permits, subsidized child care, volunteer work, training or leaves from work
  • Help in advocating on behalf of clients to their Social Services Case Workers and/or Labour Market
  • Managers to support participation in helpful programs and access emergency funds
  • Information and registration requirements for appropriate community programs, including skills training at WSC
  • Language, computer literacy, and numeracy skills assessment for employability readiness and training requirements
  • Referrals to programs that address skills gaps, including mentoring and bridging programs

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm and Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm

 

Recreation

Social Café for Women
A FREE weekly networking opportunity for immigrant women, from the social community. Workshops and activities include:

  • Building communication skills
  • Reading and writing
  • Life skills and community resources
  • Creative and fun activities
  • Essential Skills for Computer Use

Date: Every Saturday from 11:30-12:30pm. Feel free to drop in any Saturday!
Contact: SILVA at 416-703-7770 ext. 211 or silva.m@workingskillscentre.com

West Neighbourhood House
West Neighbourhood House will work in partnership with the community to promote personal and social change in order to achieve a safe, health and accepting society for all. To this end, we will work with our resources and the strengths of the community.

West Neighbourhood House enables less advantaged individuals, families and groups in the community to gain greater control over their lives and within their community.

Programs & Services:

Newcomer Youth Space: skill development, mentorships and special events.

Music School: individual lessons, recitals, adults choir, concerts and special events

Newcomer Women's Services Toronto
Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto was founded by a group of Latin American refugees in 1983. For the past 30 years, we’ve been helping immigrant women from all around the world to become part of the wider community. With the help of volunteers and community partners, our friendly, all-female staff provides employment and settlement services, skills development, and language training, completely free of charge. There are also programs for children, including child care for kids between 19 months and 6 years of age.

Programs & Services:

Free Zumba Class for Newcomer & Racialized Women
Every Thursday afternoon, about 20 newcomer women and youth girls gather at NEW’s activity room for an hour-long zumba class, where they make new friends and learn easy-to-follow dance moves with a certified exercise instructor. Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto offers free zumba classes for newcomer and immigrant women from across Toronto, supporting them to stay active through exercises in a safe and supportive space.

Network with Newcomer Women
Every Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, approximately 50 women meet for English conversation sessions as part of the Newcomer Women’s Network. The program includes arts and crafts sessions, field trips, healthy cooking classes and storytelling. In addition to the social and emotional benefits of this program, there are workshops that provide valuable information about education, employment, health awareness and parenting, among other things. This program gives women the opportunity to share their experiences with one another and escape the stress and pressure of settlement for a few hours each week.

Free Fashion Entrepreneurship Program for Youth Girls
The ReShaped & ReImagined: Upcycling Vintage Clothing project is a 10-week fashion entrepreneurship program for newcomer / racialized girls age 12-19 to express their creativity and skills. Participants will engage in intensive group work and practical skills based trainings. Workshop topics include, fashion arts, graphic design, photography and creative writing!

CultureLink
CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural. Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

The Newcomer Youth Centre (NYC)
Now known as CultureLink Youth Services, our mission is to create and provide programming where newcomer and refugee youth can form communities and break out of their isolation; a safe place where there is no discrimination and where inclusion, respect, and tolerance are the norm for all. CultureLink Youth Services also attempts to instill in newcomer and refugee youth civic pride and a sense of belonging to Canada by offering programs that promote social justice, healthy lifestyles, and environmental stewardship, and a place where newcomer youth may find help in dealing with immigration procedures, issues of identity, integration and adaptation, bullying, violence prevention, inter-generational conflict at home, discrimination, and racism. We also provide orientation and advocacy services for refugee claimants and “out-of-status” youth.