Family Support Groups

Extend-A-Family facilitates a number of support groups across Toronto independently or in partnership with other agencies.  Support groups provide an opportunity for individuals to share, support one another, connect and gather information.  Please view the list of groups below and communicate directly with the relevant contact person as pre-registration is required for all groups.

West Toronto Parents Support Group @ Humber Valley Village Junior Middle School

We invite you to join us at a gathering for Parents/Guardians, who have children of any age who have a disability. This informal time is designed for people to share, be together, connect and support one another.
Monthly meetings of this family support group will resume on October 4, 2018.
For further information please click here.

If you would like additional information, please contact:
Marissa Wolicki
Phone: 647.292.5357
Email: mw@extendafamily.ca

East Toronto Evening Parent Group @ Birkdale Community Centre

You are invited to join our gathering of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. Our time together is an opportunity to connect with others, gain perspectives and to share while considering the many unanswered questions parenting a child with a disability brings.
Monthly meetings of this family support group will resume on September 26, 2018.
For further information please click here.

If you would like additional information, please contact:
Kim Southern-Paulsen
Phone:416.757.2780
Email: ksp@extendafamily.ca

Dads’ Group Central Toronto

We invite you to join us at a gathering for Dads, who have children of any age who have a disability. This informal time is designed for people to share, be together, connect and support one another.
Monthly meetings of this family support group will resume on September 25, 2018.
For further information please click here.

If you would like additional information, please contact:
Salvatore Rocchese
Phone: 416.530.0272
Email: sr@extendafamily.ca

Adult Sibling Support Group 

Extend-A-Family hosts an Adult Sibling Group for people 18 and older who want to get together with other adults who have a sibling with special needs. Come together to connect, share, explore, support each other and meet new people!
Monthly meetings of this family support group will resume on September 20, 2018.
For further information please click here.

If you would like additional information, please contact:
Jessica Van Wyk
Phone: 416.239.7161
Email: jvw@extendafamily.ca

Safe & Secure Futures Networks

Meetings are held monthly in the evening and will resume on September 18, 2018.

CENTRAL WEST
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For further information, please contact:
Jessica Van Wyk
Phone: 416.239.7161
Email: ssfnw@extendafamily.ca

or

CENTRAL EAST
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For further information please contact:
Nusrat Motala
Phone: 647.292.5144
Email: ssfne@extendafamily.ca

ACT Caregiver Support Group

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) seeks to help individuals to struggle less with difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action consistent with what they care about.

The monthly ACT Caregiver Support Group is an opportunity for caregivers to come together and support one another: we practice mindfulness, review an ACT process and build on the learning introduced at an ACT Workshop (a collaboration of EAF, CAMH, Toronto Western Hospital and Surrey Place Centre). Although attending a previous ACT Workshop would be helpful, it is not a prerequisite.

The ACT Caregiver Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Extend-A-Family’s office, Ste. 200 – 3300 Yonge Street. To learn more, click here.

For further information, please contact:
Lee Steel
Phone: 647.220.9412
Email: ls@extendafamily.ca

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