Family events: speakers, workshops, paperwork parties, and parent support network
The Grocery Foundation Family Resource Centre is proud to present our family events this year. Please click on the topics below for details about our upcoming workshops and to reserve a spot. Please make sure to specify which workshop or event you are coming to if you are registering by email.
All workshops and events are also posted on our events calendar.
For more information about our Family Workshops and Events, please contact the Family Support Specialists via email at email@example.com or 416-425-6220 ext. 6146
People who think deeply about disability and parenting share their stories at BLOOM speaker nights. For more information, call Louise Kinross at 416-424-3866.
Family Education Workshops
Family education workshops provide information and support to parents of children with disabilities. Topics include parenting, education, recreation, respite and how to access funding. All workshops are currently held virtually. Please see the postings below for topics and details on the workshops available this year.
For more information, contact Family Support Specialist Melissa Ngo at 416-425-6220, ext. 6348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Support Network
Parent Support Network (PSN) is a monthly support and discussion event available to families, currently taking place virtually over Zoom Healthcare on the first Wednesday of every month. This event is offered at different times of day to allow for families with different schedules to attend. Parent Support Network aims to create a space where families can build relationships through sharing experiences, information, challenges and successes. Discussion is facilitated by a Family Support Specialist and a Family Leader. Parent Support Network is:
- Created by families, for families
- Unique peer-to-peer support network
- At times includes guest speakers who are childhood disability experts
- Open to all caregivers of children living with disability
For more information about Parent Support Network please contact Family Support Specialist Stephanie Moynagh at email@example.com or at 416-425-6220 ext. 6146
All workshops and events are also posted on our events calendar. To be added to our newsletter email list which lets you know of our upcoming workshops and events, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Receive email alerts for Family Events
Please email a Family Support Specialist at email@example.com to be added to the email distribution list to be alerted for Family Workshops, Parent Support Network, Paperwork Parties, Solution-Focused Coaching, and the Sibling Support Program.
- All family events are currently held virtually over Zoom Healthcare.
- Family events listed in this brochure are free of charge.
- Each family event requires an individual registration as flyers get released.
- Anyone can attend these family events; however parents and caregivers who have children with disabilities have priority for registration.
- Please see family event descriptions online for details.
- When events are able to be held in-person at Holland Bloorview, supervised on-site childcare is available for a limited number of children who are 30 months old and over. Children under 30 months must be accompanied in the playroom by a caregiver over the age of 18 at all times. Please see the section "Child care at the Ronald McDonald Playroom" below for details.
Family Events Brochure for March - June 2022
The following Family Workshops are upcoming:
Support with Completing Funding Applications
|Thursday, March 24||5:30pm-7pm|
|Sibling Panel||Thursday April 7|
Planning for Transitions Panel
|Thursday May 5||5:30pm-7pm|
Guardianship, Privacy, and Consent
Presenter: Elizabeth Legge
Pro Bono Ontario Triage Lawyer
|Thursday June 9||5:30pm-7pm|
For more information, contact Family Support Specialist Melissa Ngo at 416-425-6220, ext. 6348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paperwork Parties are workshops that aim to support families in completing funding applications. The workshop includes a presentation followed by the option to join a breakout room hosted by Holland Bloorview staff and Family Leaders, who will offer support, tips and strategies on filling out common funding applications. Breakout rooms are based on different funding sources including: Special Services at Home (SSAH), Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), Ontario Autism Program (OAP), Assistive Devices Program (ADP), Holland Bloorview's Family Support Fund and other funds and supports such as the TTC Assistance Card, Easter Seals Funding and Grants, Access2Entertainment Card and more.
Families are encouraged to watch our recorded Paperwork Party Part 1 Webinar - Funding Overview before attending a Paperwork Party. For more information, contact Family Support Specialist Melissa Ngo at 416-425-6220, ext. 6348 or email email@example.com.
The Solution-Focused Communication for Families workshops are a series designed to help parents enhance their communication skills by highlighting their family strengths and resources. For more information, contact Elaine Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org. or go to Humanistic and solution-focused workshops.
You are invited to a Holland Bloorview Information Session!
We are offering our new outpatient families a free information session so that you can learn about helpful resources and be prepared for your first appointment. At this information session, we will answer some frequently asked questions (FAQs), including:
- What can I do while my child is on the waitlist?
- What other services in the community can I access?
- What other services at Holland Bloorview can I access?
- How can I get ready for our first appointment at Holland Bloorview?
- How can I meet other parents or family members who might be in the same position as me?
- What are some tips from other parents or families who have been to appointments at Holland Bloorview?
- What are some tips from clinicians?
- What tools are available to help organize all of my child’s information?
This information session will feature an optional tour of Holland Bloorview at the end. Attendees will receive a resource booklet with the answers to the questions above.
Families can access this orientation by invitation only as this is a pilot program. Eligibility to attend this orientation:
- If you have a child who is accepted and on the waitlist for Holland Bloorview's main site Neuromotor Clinic or Communication, Learning and Behaviour Clinic AND
- You received an invitation letter from us in the mail, along with your acceptance letter
This is not your first clinical appointment, but an information session on how to prepare for it. It is one hour long, and the optional tour is an additional 15-30 minutes. Sessions are offered twice per month. If you have any questions or require additional or special supports, please contact a Family Support Specialist at 416-425-6220 x6348 or email@example.com.
Sign up for a spot!
Attendees must register for a spot to confirm registration. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holland Bloorview’s Sibling Support Program will give siblings, ages 7-18, the opportunity to relax, unwind, meet peers who might share lived experiences. It will provide a safe space to talk about what it’s like to be a sibling of someone with a disability. The program is open to any child who has a sibling with a disability, complex medical needs and/or dual diagnosis.
Child Care Information
When events are able to be held in-person at Holland Bloorview, supervised on-site childcare is available for a limited number of children who are 30 months old and over. Children under 30 months must be accompanied in the playroom by a caregiver over the age of 18 at all times.
Playroom registration opens 2 weeks and 2 days before the date of each event, and closes 48 hours before each event.
Playroom spaces are confirmed only after an intake call is completed over the phone. (Intake is required for every event and unregistered children cannot be accommodated).
Please call Daniel Scott/ Joanne Diaz at 416-425-6220 ext. 3438 to discuss your child’s needs and register for a Playroom spot.
The Family Navigation Hub is a new program that aims to support families with information and resources related to the social needs that contribute to our health and wellbeing such as access to healthy food, accessible child care, income security, stable housing, transportation and community connections.
The Family Navigation Hub hosts monthly virtual workshops and events for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities on topics related to social needs such as those listed above. The following Family Navigation Hub workshops are upcoming:
SSAH & ACSD Funding Workshop - Thursday January 13th, 2022, 10:30am-12pm
Presentations by Toronto Region Special Agreement Officers from Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. See link below for more details and registration for the SSAH & ACSD Funding Workshop.
Respite Care Workshop - Wednesday February 2nd, 2022, 10:30am-12pm
March of Dimes - Funding & Recreation - Wednesday March 23rd, 2022, 10:30am-12pm
Community Kitchens with FoodShareTO - Wednesday April 6, 4pm-5pm; Wednesday April 13, 4pm-6pm; Wednesday April 27, 4pm-6pm; Wednesday May 4, 4pm-6pm; Wednesday June 1, 4pm-5pm
SSAH & ACSD Funding Workshop - Tuesday May 10, 10:30am-12pm
Housing Workshop - June 22, 10:30am-12pm
Contact Stephanie Moynagh (above) for more information.
If you are looking for information or resources related to social needs such as those listed above, please feel free to contact Family Support Specialist Stephanie Moynagh at email@example.com or at 416-425-6220 ext. 6146.