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Peer Resource Centers

The Peer Resource Center is a place for adults 16 years of age and older who are living with a severe mental illness/concurrent disorder and/or social isolation. It is designed to help clients meet their support and social needs by giving them an opportunity to take responsibility and control of their lives and to develop a feeling of self-worth.

Objectives

To provide a social milieu in the community in which individuals can:

• Increase social interaction
• Practice/learn life skills
• Participate in various group activities which emphasize mental and physical health
• Promote a sense of belonging
• Provide opportunities for improving clients' self-image and self-esteem
• Promote the use of community resources
• Help prevent rehospitalisation

Social/Recreational activities:

• Unstructured activities: e.g. Card and table games, billiards, coffee and conversation etc.
• Structured: e.g. Bingo, sandbags and billiards tournaments, special events, arts & crafts, etc.

Educational Activities:

Self-help activities and discussions on topics of interest to the group: e.g. Job search, legal rights, budgeting, nutrition, health & safety etc.

Possible Activities:

• Collective kitchen
• Creative Expression Through Art (CETA)
• Meal deal
• Baking group
• Focus on fitness
• Knitting group

For location of the Centers and Calendar of Activities, please phone our office at 613-933-5845 or 1-800-493-8271.