Events and Information Sessions

We host several events throughout the year for individuals living with a developmental disability and their families, and for those living with a mental illness and/or addiction.  

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YSSN Information Fair

Looking for information on mental health support and developmental ­services in York Region and South Simcoe?

Get information on:

Mental health crisis and recovery support Developmental services
  • Case Management 
  • Community Crisis Response Service,
    1-855-310-COPE
  • Peer Support
  • Streamlined Access
  • Case Management
  • Children’s Case Coordination
  • Crisis Response Network
  • Developmental Services Ontario Central East Region (DSO CER)
  • Family Peer Mentor Support
  • Passport Program 
  • Respite Services
  • Transition Planning

Our Information Fair takes place in the spring and fall, check back for upcoming dates. 

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Developmental Services Events

Check out the current list of available programs below.

Fee-for-service programs for people with developmental disabilities and their siblings

​​​Group Information Sessions

Resource Days

Caregiver Support


Adult Social Group

For adults with developmental disabilities over the age of 25+

Are you looking for adapted adult recreation options in Aurora?

Do you want to meet people with similar interests in a supportive setting?

Do you and a family member need a break?

Let’s get together on Saturdays!

Details

Dates: Every Saturday from January 11, 2020 to February 15, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Cost: $280 (6 sessions), payable by cheque or e-transfer

Snacks Provided

Questions?

If you have any questions about the workshop please email them to Sherry Summers at ssummers@yssn.ca or Chris Rollings at crollings@yssn.ca
 

 Register online

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Emotions: Plug in. Connect. Create. 

For young adults with developmental disabilities, ages 18-21

This 6-week social-emotional skills program is an interactive and expressive arts based approach to promoting the emotional literacy and well-being of young adults with disabilities.

Emotional Literacy is a term used to describe the ability to understand and express our feelings.

Learning these essential skills helps us to build our self-awareness and to identify, manage, and relate to the
emotional responses of others.

Together we will learn:

Details

Dates: Every Saturday from March 7, 2020 to April 11, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Cost: $310 (includes supplies)

To register

Fill out this registration form and email it along with your e-transfer payment to dsevents@yssn.ca. You may also mail in your form with your cheque payment. Please make sure to register 2 weeks before the program start date. Full payment details are on the form. 

 Register online

Questions?

If you have any questions about the workshop please email them to Norma McClinton at nmcclinton@yssn.ca
 

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Sibshops & Expressive Arts Lab

P.A. Day program for siblings of children with special needs, ages 8 to 13 years old

This interactive and unique program provides your child with the opportunity to meet other kids who know what it’s like to be a sibling to a child with special needs and to express themselves through a wide range of creative play in a safe and non-judgmental space.

Facilitators will support your child to get to know other siblings and help them:

In the afternoon, your child will be supported by an Expressive Arts facilitator, who will help them:

Each Expressive Arts Lab class is unique so the direction the art takes will be unique too, reinforcing the open-ended nature of the labs. Each class will ask questions and offer personal choices while encouraging diverse approaches and creative thinking.

Details

Dates:
Jan. 17, 2020
Jan. 31, 2020
Jun. 1, 2020
Jun. 26, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Cost: $45/day, payable by cheque or e-transfer

Snacks provided. Participants must bring their own nut-free lunch.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the workshops email them to Kathy at KZivontsis@yssn.ca

To register

Fill out this registration form and email it along with your e-transfer payment to dsevents@yssn.ca. You may also mail in your form with your cheque payment. Please make sure to register 2 weeks before the workshop date. Full payment details are on the form. 

To get your child's name on the list, fill out the online registration form:

 Register online

Jan. 17, 2020

Jan. 31, 2020

Jun. 1, 2020

Jun. 26, 2020

 

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Planning for your Future Workshop Series

Learn how to create a plan for the future so you can live your best life.

Join experienced facilitators Kelly Casey and Katherine Pickard for a hands-on workshop series that will help you create and complete your Person-Directed Plan.

You will learn how to:
• identify your Vision for your future life,
• bring together your network of support,
• develop goals to move towards your Vision,
• identify your own potential creative housing option, and
• meet other families and people who are also planning for their
future who may want to work with you. 

At the end of the last workshop session you will have a completed Person-Directed Plan and access to a facilitator who will help you implement the plan so you can make your Vision a reality.

Workshop details: 
The workshop series is made up of 8 sessions that will take place between October 2019 to June 2020. Dates, times and location to be determined.

Cost: $2,500 (Annual allowable Passport allocation for planning/
facilitation).

Includes a completed PDP (hard copy and electronic format), support in the development of a formal Network, group and one to one time, the development of a residential Vision to support your long term residential goals, opportunity to meet other people and families who may have similar visions and be potential partners in your planning.

For more information about these workshops and to register please contact Kelly at 289-221-9665, or email kcpsolutions2@gmail.com

 

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 Group Information Sessions

These group sessions, led by a guest speaker, provide information on a variety topics to people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. 

These sessions take place in the spring and fall. Join our enewsletter, connect with us on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter)  to stay up-to-date on upcoming sessions.

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Caregiver Support

Care for the Caregiver Family Support Circle

Emotional support for ­caregivers of adults with a developmental ­disability from other caregivers who understand.

Join other family caregivers who are caring for an adult with a ­developmental disability for an opportunity to share your story and connect with others going through the same experiences in a safe and ­non-judgmental space.
This Family Support Circle offers encouragement for you to: 
 

These sessions are for parents and caregivers of an individual with a developmental disability who is over 16 years of age. Anyone bringing the person they care for to the session will not be able to participate. 

Upcoming Sessions:

Keswick

Last Monday of each month.
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Georgina Community Living Day Program
131 Queensway S., Keswick

Register

Jan. 27, 2020

Feb. 24, 2020

Mar. 30, 2020

Markham

Every third Wednesday of the month. 
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Unionville Public Library
15 Library Lane, Unionville

Register 
 
Feb. 19, 2020
 
Mar. 18, 2020
 
 
Please register one week prior to each ­session as spots are limited. You are welcome to bring your lunch or snacks during the sessions.
 

 

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Mindfulness Workshops

These workshops teach parents and caregivers of individuals living with a developmental disability how to reduce stress, increase resiliency, improve relationships and regulate emotions. 

Core concepts of mindfulness will be explored through meditation and mindful exercises. Everyone is welcome.

Workshops take place in the spring and fall, check back for upcoming dates.

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Resource Days—One-on-One Meetings

These sessions are for children 4 years and older, and adults who have a developmental disability.
Image of a Resource Day Information Session with a YSSN Case Manager and a family member

Resource Days offer an opportunity for families and individuals to meet one-on-one with a case manager to discuss and ask important questions related to the developmental services system. The meetings are 60 to 90 minutes in length and are offered in Aurora (240 Edward St., Unit 3), Markham (50 McIntosh Dr., Suite 239) and Vaughan (9401 Jane St., 3rd Floor, Suite 301). Case Managers can assist families with:

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Download the Resource Days flyer

 

Transition Planning Resource Days

These sessions are for individuals who have a developmental disability, are in high school or recently graduated from high school, and need help planning for adult services.

Several times a month families can book a 60 minute appointment to meet with a transition planning case manager so that they can help them with:

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Ontario Autism Program Resource Days

These sessions are for families in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) who need help finding resources and supports.

Several times a month families can book a 90 minute appointment to meet with a family support worker so that they can help them with:

Download the Ontario Autism Program Resource Days flyer

Upcoming Resource Days Sessions:
Location 2019/2020 Dates Time

Aurora
(240 Edward St.,
Unit 3)

Mon., Jan. 13 (TP)

Tues., Jan. 14

Mon., Jan. 20 (OAP)

Wed., Jan 29 (OAP)

Tues., Feb. 4 (OAP)

Tues., Feb. 11 (OAP)

Tues., Feb . 18

Tues., Feb 25 (OAP)

Mon., Mar. 2 (OAP)

Tues., Mar. 10 (OAP)

Thur., Mar. 12

Mon., Apr. 6 (TP)

Tues., Apr. 21

Tues., May 5

Tues., Jun. 23

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Markham
(50 McIntosh Dr.,
Suite 239)

Tues., Jan. 14 (OAP)

Wed., Jan. 22 (OAP)

Thurs., Jan. 23

Mon., Feb. 3 (TP)

Wed., Feb. 5 (OAP)

Thurs., Feb. 6

Mon., Feb. 10 (OAP)

Wed., Feb. 19 (OAP)

Thurs., Feb. 27 (OAP)

Wed., Mar. 4 (OAP)

Mon., Mar. 9 (OAP)

Thurs., Mar. 26

Thurs., Apr. 9

Mon., May 4 (TP)

Thurs., May 14

Thurs., Jun. 11

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Vaughan
(9401 Jane St., 3rd Floor, Suite 301)

 

Wed., Jan. 15 (OAP)

Mon., Jan. 27 (OAP)

Thurs., Feb. 6 (OAP)

Tues., Feb. 11

Wed., Feb. 12 (OAP)

Mon., Feb. 17 (OAP)

Wed., Feb. 26 (OAP)

Mon., Mar. 2 (TP)

Tues., Mar. 3 (OAP)

Thurs., Mar. 5

Wed., Mar. 11 (OAP)

Thurs., Apr. 16

Tues., May 26

Mon., Jun. 1 (TP)

Tues., Jun. 16


9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

For the table above, Transition Planning Resource Days are labeled as TP, Ontario Autism Program Resource Days is OAP, all other dates are Resource Days.

To book an appointment or to find out more:

Resource Days
Call 905.898.6455 or 1.866.257.9776, ext. 2574. 

Transition Planning Resource Days 
Call  905.898.6455 or 1.866.257.9776, ext. 2245 or email cmacdonald@yssn.ca.

Ontario Autism Program Resource Days 
Call  905.898.6455 or 1.866.257.9776, ext. 2264 or email contactFSW@yssn.ca, include date/location and preferred time. You must indicate reason for your appointment. The child is not required to attend the meeting.

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Why Wait? A Learning and Collaboration Series

These events are guided by the concept of Person Directed Planning and instigated by the reality of limited funded resources. Person Directed Planning embraces using informal supports, creative options, partnerships and collaborations to build and maintain a community of support for the individual. Agencies within the partnership provide their expertize, as professionals in this field, to support questions and guide families in the discussions regarding creating their own residential supports. 

The purpose of Why Wait? is to:

• Support planning for individuals future housing needs
• Provide ideas and information to support individual planning
• Provide an opportunity to meet other families and individuals 
• Provide opportunities to collaborate and share ideas, including promising practices
• Find potential housemates with similar “Visions” for the future

Each event provides the families and individuals an opportunity to meet each other, share their Vision for the future and exchange contact information to begin collaborating and planning together.

The Why Wait? project is a partnership between KC Professional Solutions and the following agencies: Christian Horizons, Community Living York South,  META, REENA, VITA and York Support Services Network. For more information, please contact: whywaitstartplanning@gmail.com.

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Community DS Events and Info Sessions

Kerry’s Place Autism Services

A wide range of free, professional and educational workshops are available through Kerry’s Place Autism Services. To register for their upcoming workshops visit My Community Hub. For more information or to volunteer, call 905.841.6611 Ext. 371 or fundraising@kerrysplace.org.

 


Mental Health Events

Drop-in Single Session Counselling

Get immediate help with an issue related to your mental health.

Our drop-in Single Session Counselling offers you one-on-one support so you can build a plan to work through one of the following concerns:

Counsellors will concentrate on helping you build a plan for one or two concerns within the session.

Details

Every Thursday, except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, sessions start again on Jan. 9.

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

York Support Services Network, 
240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Who should attend?
Anyone in the York Region and South Simcoe areas who needs help getting through a mental health issue. No formal diagnosis required.

No registration required!

Walk-in Crisis Counselling at Newmarket Public Library

If you're experiencing a mental health crisis you can speak to a crisis worker in a confidential study room at the Newmarket Public Library. 

Family members and friends of individuals who may be experiencing a mental health issue are also encouraged to drop by.

Details

Two Wednesday's a month

Dec., 4 and 18, 2019

Jan., 8 and 22, 2020

Feb., 5 and 19, 2020

Mar., 4 and 18, 2020

Apr., 1, 15 and 29, 2020 

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Newmarket Public Library
438 Park Avenue
Newmarket, Ontario

Who should attend?
Anyone who needs help getting through a mental health crisis. 

No registration required!

 

Senior Caregiver Feedback Session for Mental Health Guide

If you're a senior caregiver (55 years and older), join us for a feedback session to help us collect information and build a community-based mental health resource guide for senior caregivers who are caring for someone who has a mental health and/or addictions diagnosis.The guide will help provide education, awareness and self-help resources to other caregivers across York Region and South Simcoe.

This initiative has been funded by the Government of Canada – New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Requirements:

Date: December 13, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location:
YSSN's Aurora office
240 Edward St., Unit #3

Volunteers only need to participate in one of these sessions.

For more information or to participate in this initiative please contact, Mona Lancaster at: MLancaster@yssn.ca, or 905.898.6455 ext. 2242.

Mental Health Awareness Week Event

Every year York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, celebrate the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Join our newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on this year's event.

For the last seven years, York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, have been celebrating the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

- See more at: http://www.yssn.ca/Support#sthash.lPUwuRQZ.dpuf

For the last seven years, York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, have been celebrating the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

This year’s event, entitled The Power of Peers, will celebrate the impact that peer support workers (individuals who have lived experience) have had on client recovery, and recognize individuals for their recovery efforts. The event is set to take place on October 5, at Seton Hall, in Newmarket, and will bring together over 100 individuals along with case workers, and peer support workers.

- See more at: http://www.yssn.ca/Support#sthash.lPUwuRQZ.dpuf

Community MH Events and Information Sessions

CMHA York Region—Support for Depression Meetings
These meetings offer individuals who are experiencing depression or have experienced depression an opportunity to share experiences in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, so that they can support each other and develop coping skills.
Meetings take place in Aurora, Bradford, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. Call 905.841.3977 or 1.866.208.5509 ext. 4255 for more information.

Family Services York Region
FSYR offers counselling for children, youth, women, men and their families.For more information on their current programs, please visit their Group Program Calendar or call Janice Cook, Group and Cultural Services Coordinator at 905.895.2371 ext. 226

Women’s Centre of York Region
Women’s Centre of York Region offers unique programming and services for women that address a range of circumstances. For a listing of their current programs, visit their Events Calendar or call 905.853.9270.

York Region Public Health and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health—STOP on the Road (Stop Smoking Therapy for Ontario Patients)
This program is for individuals who would like to stop smoking. It will provide participants with five weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches at no cost to them and helpful information on quitting smoking.
For upcoming dates, times and locations and to register please call: 1.877.464.9675 ext. 73052

Tobacco Addiction Recovery Program (TARP) is a free smoking cessation program for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. It is offered for eleven weeks in a group setting at various locations and includes free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

For upcoming dates, times and locations, and to register, please call or email Rebecka for information at 905.967.0357 ext. 245, or rmayne@loftcsorg.

 

Other Community Events and Information Sessions

Community Legal Clinic (in partnership with LAO)—Family Law Advice Service
Date and Time: Every Tuesday afternoon
Location: 21 Dunlop St., Suite 200, Richmond Hill
Individuals can call to book an appointment to see a lawyer for a half-an-hour consultation. Space is limited.
For more information or to book an appointment, please call 905.508.5018 or 1.888.365.5226.

Tax Preparation Clinics For eligible individuals who have a modest income and a simple tax situation, there are tax clinics run by volunteers from February to April throughout the region who can help you prepare income tax and benefit returns. Find a Tax Preparation Clinic in your neighbourhood.

 

Please email clepiane@yssn.ca to have your community event listed.

 

Virtual Coaching out of the Box®

This Virtual Coaching Out of the Box® workshop series is designed for leaders, board members, supervisors, front-line staff and volunteers who have an interest in applying the ‘Art of Coaching’ in their personal and professional lives. 

Participants will be introduced to our “5/5/5” framework model, which includes: 5 Core Coaching Skills, a 5-Step Coaching Exchange Process and 5 Guiding Principles that support effective coaching conversations.

For organizational leaders and decision-makers, incorporating a Coaching Out of the Box® approach can enhance workplace and interpersonal effectiveness, and provide a sound return on investment.

Stay tuned for upcoming dates.  Join our e-newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date.