Health and Wellbeing

Review of Recreation Services

It is not surprising that recreation was identified as one of the key priorities for newcomer health and wellbeing and was included in the Toronto North Settlement Strategy. Recreation helps people stay healthy and live longer. It is a proven therapeutic tool that helps to restore physical, mental and social capacities and abilities. The value of recreation for newcomers cannot be overestimated. By engaging in recreation activities newcomers decrease the negative effects of stress caused by immigration and settlement, make new connections and become a part of the community.

Recreational Services in Our Neighbourhood- Newcomer Research & Advocacy Project Report

In 2012 Fairview Resident Action Group sought to create a project to build a case for positive change in their neighbourhood. After a series of meetings the group decided to focus on the accessibility of recreational programming in the Fairview neighbourhood. In 2013, the resident group embarked on recreation research and advocacy project. The 12-month project in North York East focused on identifying and advocating for residential recreation interests and needs. The project results are presented in the enclosed report. 
 
 

Survey & Training Report: Frontline Workers' Training Needs in Mental Health, Addictions and Cultural Competence

The analysis of frontline workers’ (38 respondents) training needs in mental health, addictions and cultural competence undertaken by Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership in the winter of 2013 showed that there is an enormous demand for such training opportunities, notwithstanding the fact that 80% of the study participants have previously participated in some mental health training.

March 28 All-Council Meeting

On March 28 Toronto North LIP held an All-Council meeting. The Toronto North Settlement Strategy and Action Plan were unveiled and well-received. We had great conversations about how to embark on implementing the Settlement Action Plan and we had a chance to learn about changes to the immigration system that could affect your services and ability to support newcomers through their settlement process. 

For more information, please see the enclosed: 

Community-Based Perspectives on the Political Economy of Immigrant Health: A Qualitative Study

"This research explores community-based perspectives on the political economy of immigrant health. It seeks to examine and clarify the relationship between three bodies of knowledge: the political economy perspective on population health; the academic public health literature on the health of immigrant populations in Canada; and professional knowledge related to the provision of health and social services to immigrant communities at the level of Community Health Centres in the City of Toronto."
-Vahid Shahidi, Wellesley Institute 
December 2011

 

 

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