We provide various services to women in different languages such as English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Urdu. Settling in an unfamiliar environment can be both exciting and challenging. If you have an opportunity to share your feelings and concerns with others who are in the same boat, you will be able to get some support and grow out of your feeling of isolation. Just give us a call or make an appointment with our staff to learn more about our programs while you are coping with challenges relating to issues of settlement, relationships, parenting, health/emotion, or career choices.
South Asian Women Club
Every Monday evening from 6:30-8:30pm, this group meets at our Markham South Welcome Centre in York Region for topical discussions, yoga practice and mutual support. This is an open group and we always welcome new participants who speak Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati or Urdu. No pre-registration is necessary. Simply call 905-479-7926 for details.
Newcomer Women Services
CICS offers unique programming and services for newcomer women and their families as they integrate into a new country. Our Settlement Workers provide one-on-one counselling services, orientation, information and referrals, interpretation, translation, and advocacy to all newcomer women in need. All of which are at no cost to newcomer women, including Care for Newcomer Children Service for children between 19 months and 6 years old.
With the support from volunteers and community partners, we offer a variety of women's programs and support groups all year around. All the programs and support groups provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for newcomer women to exchange coping strategies and celebrate their strength and resilience. The programs aim at serving newcomer women from diverse backgrounds so that they can socialize and grow together. Women can practice their language skills, learn about community resources, build the skills they need to help themselves and their families, and expand their social network beyond their ethnic group.
Contents of the program and support group include:
- Settlement in Canada
- Holistic health
- Relationship issues
- Stories sharing
- Effective parenting for children and teens
- Health and nutrition
- Family finances
- Career planning
- Social/ network supporting
- Promoting cross-cultural awareness
CICS's newcomer women services are offered across different locations at our offices and different Welcome Centre Immigrant Services in York Region. Call to find out more at 905-479-7926 (for York Region) or 416-292-7510 (for Toronto).
Consisting of management representative, service users, volunteers, and concerned community members, the Women Council meets quarterly (and ad hoc when needed) to discuss women's issues and needs, acting as an advisory committee that makes recommendations to CICS to ensure appropriate services and programs for women and their families. Interested individuals can contact our staff to learn about details.