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Programs & Services: Overview (banner)

Scarborough Women’s Centre facilitates the empowerment of women to make long term positive changes with confidence.

Our unique resource centre located in the high needs, under-served community of Scarborough, provides information, education and support to women in their transition from abuse, isolation and poverty to economic and emotional independence.

Our programs serve an individual woman’s needs, while encouraging her to become aware of her own assets. 

Our Services

Information and Referral Support program provides anonymous and confidential service linking women with resources in the community or at the Centre.
Often we provide support to women who are calling for information about how to leave an abusive situation or how to cope with the abuse in their lives.  

This program provides safety planning to women who want to leave violence in their lives or assists them to increase their safety if they are not ready to leave the situation.

We also provide information on issues such as finding support groups, housing, legal support, emotional health and employment training.

We distribute printed materials about women's services and concerns in several languages other than English and offer presentations on how to identify violence in relationships to community groups across Scarborough.

Counselling services are offered for women who are dealing with abuse, making plans to leave abuse, or recovering from abuse and violence. Visit the Counselling section for more information.

Mentor Program
We provide trained volunteer mentors on a one-to-one basis with women in transition (e.g. leaving an abusive situation) for a period of 6 months to a year. Learn more about the One to One Program.

Educational programs
W e provide courses, workshops and support groups on topics of concern for women, which provide women with options, support, life skills and information. Topics range from healthy relationships, financial planning, dealing with anger, building self-esteem and family law. Visit the Workshops section for a list of ongoing programs.

Women with Disabilities
This innovative project’s goal is to increase the accessibility of women with disabilities who are experiencing isolation and /or family violence to educational workshops that will enhance their ability to make positive and safe choices and decisions for their futures. Women will learn tools and strategies to decrease their risks and increase their capacity to directly cope with the impositions of violence, which includes poverty, isolation and dependency.

The Leadership Development component to the program will provide women in the leadership development training education, knowledge and tools in facilitation skills, public speaking, developing workshop curriculums and group dynamics. These women will co-lead or lead workshops for women with disabilities, and mentor other women. This will contribute to their marketable skills for flexible employment while expanding the pool of facilitators, support group and other leaders to offer service to women dealing with abuse.

Visit the Women with Disabilities section for more information.

Young Women’s Outreach: Building Strong Futures
This program is a youth driven and youth oriented project, consisting of educational workshops covering topics like self-esteem, healthy relationships and leadership both at our program locations and in high schools and community centres in Scarborough. The Young Women’s Outreach program also offers a mentoring program to assist young women in planning for a future for themselves; and a peer outreach group where young women can work together to bring awareness on important issues. Visit the Young Women's section for more information.

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2100 Ellesmere Road., Suite 245
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1H 3B7
Charity No. 10795-9660-RR0001