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Services and Supports for LGBTQ+ Newcomers

LGBTQ+ Newcomer Weekly Drop-In

One of our core programs is a series of weekly resettlement workshops specifically for LGBTQ+ newcomers. They cover many topics including LGBTQ+ 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. These workshops are held weekly at our Toronto east location, and monthly at our Toronto west location. For more information, contact us by email or call us at 416-324-8677.

LGBTQ+ Newcomer Cooking Together

Every week peer leaders lead a group of volunteers to create a healthy and delicious meal that is served to members of the LGBTQ+ Newcomer Weekly Drop-In. This program creates opportunities for skill development, building community and fun. We recognize that creating and sharing food can be a great way of bringing people together. For more information, contact us by email or call 416-324-8677.

One-on-One Settlement Sessions

The LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ community health worker also connects clients to counselling therapy, primary care and community resources. For more information, contact us by email or call us at 416-324-8677.

LGBTQ+ Primary Care Services and Trans-Inclusive Health Care

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

Annual Pride Events

The month of June is a special month at Access Alliance where we celebrate LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ Newcomer Program to share skills, build community, and learn new things. Access Alliance welcomes LGBTQ+ newcomers to volunteer in our various programs. You can find more information about volunteering here.