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How to Get Frugal With Your Family’s Back to School Shopping

It’s no joke … sending your kids back to school each year with everything they need can be tough on your bank account. This school year, it’s estimated that “families with children between kindergarten and 12th grade can expect to spend an average of $696.70” on back to school shopping, as per the Better Business Bureau. So how can parents afford to get all the back to school essentials their kids need, without blowing their budget? Get frugal with spending, and plan ahead. After taking stock of what items you may already have at home, consider these 7 back to...

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Simcoe County Circles: Celebrating Our Community Involvement!

Butter Tart Trot 2019

Simcoe County Circles is proud to be a supporter of many fun, exciting and important events around our communities. Being part of these events isn’t just something we do for fun. These are events that bring our communities closer together and strengthen our ties - but they’re also definitely a ton of fun! 2019 has been pretty great so far and we’re very excited to see what the rest of the year brings us. Looking back, we’d like to highlight two events that we were thrilled to support. GBDSS Wellness Fair This was a fantastic event on May 15th, hosted...

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Simcoe County Circles Guide to The Living Wage

Living Wage

The County of Simcoe recently released their 2018 Living Wage Recalculation for Simcoe County report and it has been a hot topic of discussion for many local groups and individuals. How is the Living Wage defined and calculated? Is it realistic? How were the parameters decided? Let’s take a look at this hot topic in our latest blog.   The living wage isn’t the same as the minimum wage employers are required to pay their employees. The living wage is based upon the actual cost of living in the community. As an example, while a fast food service employee will make...

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Is Basic Income the Answer?

Is Basic Income the Answer?

At Simcoe County Circles, we believe that no one should live in poverty. If given the right tools and support, economic stability can be achieved by just about anyone. Is Basic Income the answer to reducing or eliminating poverty in our communities? Let’s explore this concept in our latest blog by examining the recent Ontario Basic Income Pilot project. What is Basic Income? Basic Income is defined as “is a payment to eligible couples or individuals that ensures a minimum income level, regardless of employment status”. Basic income differs from social assistance because it is given to anyone who meets...

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Stop Struggling. Start Getting Ahead.

Getting Ahead

“Before Getting Ahead I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. I started Getting Ahead and found out I wasn't the only one. I found the resources I needed to start making my future the way I want it to be. I am now doing courses I didn't know were available.” ~Getting Ahead Graduate Housing. Jobs. Food. Transportation. Without these basic necessities, life is a struggle. With so many families living paycheque to paycheque, it can be very hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s where Simcoe County Circles comes in, to...

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How Does Food Insecurity Affect Canadians?

Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a very real issue impacting the physical, mental and social health of over 4 million Canadians. Although food insecurity is strongly linked to poverty in our country, it can affect almost anyone at any time. Let’s take a deeper at this problem in our latest blog. What is Food Insecurity?   Food security is defined as “when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” When income is too low or unsteady, there is not...

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What is The Cliff Effect?

What is The Cliff Effect?

Have you ever felt like each step towards economic stability takes you two steps backwards? That as quickly as you start to earn a steady paycheque, your benefits and supports begin to disappear? Do you ever feel that it would be easier just to remain in poverty? Those feelings are part of The Cliff Effect, the phenomenon that occurs when social assistance benefits are taken away quicker than you can earn to replace them. Let’s explore The Cliff Effect and how Simcoe County Circles can help you navigate these important economic and lifestyle changes.   Let’s take Linda, for example....

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What is a Circles Ally?

Simcoe County Circles is currently looking for Allies in the Midland/Penetanguishene area to join us and help make a difference in our community. What is a Circles Ally? A Circles Ally is a volunteer that would like to be a mentor to an individual or family living in poverty and assist them with their Plan of Change. We are looking for people to build intentional friendships through mutual respect who would like to support individuals with their future plans. Allies will help increase their Social Capital by sharing contacts, information and experiences. What is Involved? Simcoe County Circles meet every...

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That You Will Actually Keep

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season will soon be over, leaving us with considerably lighter bank accounts and slightly tighter waistbands. This is the time that we reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the months to come. Many of us set our New Year’s resolutions but, honestly, how many of us keep them? The problem is that we often set goals that are too lofty, too broad, and too hard to achieve in a short amount of time. If we truly want to grow and improve in the coming new year, we need...

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Change Your Mindset With Bridges Out of Poverty

Many of us view the world from a middle-class perspective. That’s how we live and work and raise our families but, when it comes time to help others, we may need to adopt a different kind of thinking. We may believe that we understand the struggles and lifestyles of those living in poverty but, in reality, we need to work together to increase awareness and inspire compassion. That’s where Bridges Out of Poverty comes in. Bring People Together Bridges Out of Poverty, a workshop presented by Simcoe County Circles, brings people together from all walks of life, regardless of economic...

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