The Women’s Centre offers women opportunities to both receive and provide support, connect with others and build community through a variety of programs. Our programs are developed in response to identified gaps in the community and are flexible and responsive to women’s changing needs.
Basic Needs Program
Some of the direct assistance we provide women with includes food, personal care items and bus tickets. We also provide information and a wide variety of referrals to social service agencies in the city.
Women have free access to computers and the Internet, a photocopier, fax machine and phones. We also offer free computer workshops.
Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to women on a one-to-one basis.
With their child’s I.D., mothers or primary caregivers can come in two weeks before or after their child’s birthday to choose a gift.
The Women’s Centre is a safe place for women to walk in. There is a sitting area with coffee and snacks and an events board with information about Women’s Centre and community events. Women can connect with other women and build community.
Non-judgmental, non-therapeutic support is available on a one-to-one basis by trained volunteers.
Women’s Centre volunteers complete tax forms for low-income women. We also assist with other forms.
Lifelong Learning Programs
Every year we offer more than 100 free workshops and groups on a wide range of topics such as digital literacy, self-defense, yoga, car maintenance, feminism, healthy eating, and goal-setting. Ongoing groups include Practice English and Community Group for women with developmental disabilities.
Social Issues Work
In addition to helping women meet their basic needs and create community, we strive to give all women opportunities to get involved in social justice issues and have a voice in public policy.
Network and Coalition Work
The Women’s Centre also works on community networks and coalitions to address both service needs and women’s and diversity issues.
The Women’s Centre aims to support girls to build their confidence and belief in themselves by building community and practicing leadership and activism skills.
If interested in the Girl Programs, please contact Sarah at email@example.com
The 3 programs we run are free of charge and provide food, supplies and bus tickets if needed:
- Girl Power Camps (ages 10-12) run every spring and summer for one week at a time.
- Girl Power After School (ages 10-13) is a drop-in program and runs every Tuesday and Thursday from September to June, registration is ongoing.
- Girl Up (ages 15-17) will launch in September 2016.