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Services and Supports for 2SLGBTQI+ Newcomers

Among Friends 2SLGBTQI+ Newcomer Learning Circles

[Please note: Currently, our registered in-person programs are at capacity and can only serve existing registered clients. The wait time to get registered is more than 3 months. Meanwhile, anyone in need can access our weekly online drop-in sessions. ]

The Among Friends Learning Circle is a series of weekly resettlement workshops specifically for 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers. They cover many topics including 2SLGBTQI+ resources, mental, physical and sexual health, Canadian culture, and housing and employment. We ensure that the voices of participants are included in the planning and facilitation of the workshops and that the space we create is one where participants feel welcome as valued members of the group. In these fully facilitated in-person learning circles, participants will learn about:

  • Life in Canada as 2SLGBTQI+ Newcomers
  • Preparing for Immigration hearing
  • Navigating health and other social systems
  • Job search strategies and tools
  • Maintaining good mental health & wellbeing

This program is full and can only accept existing clients. We are unable to take in new clients until probably April 2024. Drop-ins will not be accepted. 

Among Friends Webinars Wednesdays

Welcome to our online information-sharing and educational program designed specifically for 2SLGBTQI newcomers. We extend an open invitation to all individuals seeking support, provided they share our commitment to maintaining a safe, inclusive, and positive environment.

Our webinars take place every Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. These sessions address a broad spectrum of topics relevant to 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers residing in Ontario, including legal matters, employment opportunities, immigration processes, mental health support, and more. Our programming features a diverse array of subject matter experts who serve as facilitators and guest speakers.

Sign up to receive weekly information about the webinars by accessing the link here:  http://eepurl.com/iDAIq2

For any questions, please contact Access Alliance Among Friends Team at  amongfriends@accessalliance.ca

One-on-One Settlement Sessions

The 2SLGBTQI+ community health worker meets with clients one-on-one to identify their settlement needs and make referrals inside and outside the agency. Support is provided for housing, legal issues, financial insecurity, employment and questions about refugee claims. The 2SLGBTQI+ community health worker also connects clients to counselling therapy, primary care and community resources. For more information, contact us or call us at 416-324-8677.

2SLGBTQI+ Primary Care Services and Trans-Inclusive Health Care

Our primary care providers understand the unique needs of 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers. They also have expertise in supporting transgender clients. 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers are welcome to apply to become patients of Access Alliance if they do not have a health care provider. 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers who have a primary care provider are able to access counselling therapy services. For more information, contact us or call us at 416-324-8677.

Annual Pride Events

The month of June is a special month at Access Alliance where we celebrate 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers. Together we learn about the history and roots of Pride Month, prepare for the celebrations and take part in special events. We host an annual Pride event that brings everyone together to celebrate the strengths and talents of the community. Of course, there is food and cake! Together we develop posters and signs that we carry as we march together in Toronto’s Pride March, one of the largest Pride festivals in the world. Check our program calendar in the months leading up to June for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have many opportunities within Access Alliance and the 2SLGBTQI+ Newcomer Program to share skills, build community, and learn new things. Access Alliance welcomes 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers to volunteer in our various programs. You can find more information about volunteering here.