Gladstone (Head Office)

Community Engagement

Community engagement programming at the Downtown office offers you a variety of opportunities to become involved in your community. We currently have very successful projects run by volunteers, these include: Weekly Portuguese Women Seniors groups, Arts and craft group, Painting classes, Embroidery group and Language exchange “Walk and Talk”. We work actively with our clients to encourage and support them to promote greater civic engagement. Through volunteering and participating in community development activities, newcomers and immigrants improve language skills, develop leadership capacity, breakdown social isolation and volunteer in their communities.DSC07870

We are able to do this by developing and coordinating a variety of volunteer opportunities, developing peer led programming, developing and promoting  new initiatives, coordinating and providing  leadership training, strengthening WWCC participation in external networks and collaborations, and developing innovative new partnerships. It also provides backed-in supports to our other programs through volunteer coordination, leveraging resources, and integrated community development principles in to programs. 

For more information about volunteer opportunities contact:

Diana Grimaldos, Community Engagement Coordinator 416 532 2824 Ext: 32 dkgrimaldos@workingwomencc.org

Walk & Talk

Walk & Talk offers the opportunity for community members to share stories, interests, cultural knowledge, and skills with other community members while practicing conversational English. wwcc_01

Time commitment:

  • We recommended a minimum of one hour per week, at least for 3 consecutive months.
  • Monthly follow-ups are required, a volunteer supervisor will contact you, once a month via e-mail, to make sure things are running smoothly, or if additional support is required.
  • Every 2 or 3 months we hold a meet-up party; although not mandatory, it is a great opportunity for mentors and participants to share their experience with others in the program, and to get tips and tools to enhance your journey with us.

Location First interview will be at the Downtown WWCC location. It’s an opportunity to know our space and the people who are working with the program but, more importantly, to offer both mentor and mentee a safe space for their first  meeting.  The following meetings, mentor and mentee will choose their location according to their convenience. We recommend meetings at public places such as: parks, libraries, our office, free events or coffee shops.

Benefits

  • Develop your leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Satisfaction from helping others succeed in improving their language skills
  • Opportunity to give back to your community
  • Learn or improve a second language of your choice (if available)
  • Letters of reference (upon request)
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Gain new cultural knowledge
  • Make a new friend
  • Get to know your city
  • Access to free events

How does it work? A mentor will be paired with a mentee and, once paired, participants will make their own time and location arrangements for meeting. Participants will decide when and how often they would like to meet (e.g. once a week/twice a week / etc). The meetings are informal and should provide an opportunity for mentees to practice their spoken English, as well as for both participants to share cultural perspectives. KEEP IN MIND As a mentorl  Please be advised that: We do our best to ensure that a compatible pairing is made taking in consideration the interests, expectations, and commitments of both members. We also encourage mentors to take a lead role in ensuring participants meet regularly. Most newcomers need extra support; they are living through many changes. A little encouragement goes a long way.   To work on these partnerships we ask patience and dedication from all participants so that lively and interesting conversations can flourish.

wwcc_03 THE PERFECT MATCH Beatriz having signed up to be a mentee, and Kalpana having joined to be a mentor, the two found themselves matched by the Working Women Community Centre’s Walk and Talk program.

For more information email us at: volunteer@workingwomencc.org   or Like us in Facebook: Walk & talk

English Conversation Circle


IMG_0878Another component of the Walk & Talk is the conversation circle, this group provides newcomers with the opportunity to ask questions and learn Canadian idioms while conversing in a group setting. This group is facilitated by an ESL volunteer instructor.

Currently looking for a volunteer facilitator. 

 

Computer One-on-One Tutoring


DSC01995Our computer classes are offer in English, Spanish and Portuguese; classes are designed for individuals whit little or none experience with the use of a computer. We work base on the needs of each student. Classes are offer by volunteers. If you interested in becoming either a student or a instructor please email us at: dkgrimaldos@workingwomencc.org or call 416 532-2824 Ext 32 Schedules are assigned according to student’s needs and volunteers availability.

 

Painting class Taller Sol & Luna 


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Taller Sol y Luna offers weekly painting classes. This class is an introduction to painting, suitable for the novice painter or as a refresher for those who have not painted for some time. The class focus on the fundamentals of colour theory, composition, perspective, paint handling and application, while developing one’s own creative and perceptual skills. With plenty of guidance and individual attention, students have the choice to paints from still life and photo references.

Classes are free and some materials are provided. 

Classes are hold Fridays from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Registration is required.

 

Artisan Group “Mujeres Creativas”

Artisan group “Mujeres Creativas” is collective of immigrant and refugee women.  Each participant in the group is a peer with skills to share “Mujeres Creativas” has worked with many different media such as; knitting, crochet, can tab, beading, leather jewelry and more.  While the group is mostly made up of Latin American women, all interested women are welcome to attend.  By developing and sharing skills, the objective of this group is to build self-sufficiency and mutual support in creating handmade crafts from mostly recycled or reclaimed materials.

“Mujeres Creativas” has participated in sales at many farmers markets, , holiday bazaars and festivals selling their products.

“Mujeres Creativas” is open to any women interested in learning or sharing creative skills.  We are always learning new artistic processes and new ideas are welcome! If you have questions, contact us by phone or email.  dkgrimaldos@workingwomencc.org or 416.532.2824 ext.32

Or just drop by Working Women Community Centre any Tuesday between 10 and 1pm to see what we’re up to.