How to Vote in the Federal Election

The Federal Election is quickly approaching on October 21, 2019, with some advance polls already open. Being informed is the first step in ensuring that you make an electoral decision that you feel is best for your needs and the needs of your family. Whether this is your first time voting or you just need a quick refresher, let’s look at everything you need to know in our latest blog.  Am I Registered? Most Canadians who are of legal voting age are automatically registered. If you are registered, you should have received a voter information card in the mail. It...

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Why Financial Literacy is an Imperative Life Skill

Financial Literacy (definition): 1) The ability to make responsible financial decisions. 2) The education and understanding of various financial areas including personal finance, money, borrowing, and investing.   Whether deciding if you should go out for lunch again this week, if you can afford to put your youngest child in hockey, or what strategy to take for a long-term investment, financial literacy plays an integral role in everyone’s daily life.    Yet the way we shop and spend has changed over recent years. With previous generations spending only the cash in their pockets and making due with what they had, ...

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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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“At Circles I feel like I belong”

Many of us who have struggled to fit in, find our place in the world and who work to achieve a true sense of success know the power of truly feeling like we belong. In Dr. Brene Brown’s research on belonging she asked a large group of eighth graders to define belonging…here is what they said: Belonging is being somewhere where you want to be, and they want you. Fitting in is being somewhere where you want to be, but they don’t care one way or the other. Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for...

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Find Out Why Circles® Is More Than Just A “Program”

People have asked me "What is Circles?" As the Simcoe County Circles Coordinator, I have the privilege of working and learning from so many wonderful people in our community. Recently I engaged in a powerful conversation with a wonderful woman who is currently struggling to get herself and her 4 children out of poverty. What I learned from her (even though I thought I knew) was that the circumstances that forced her to make some very tough decisions, which led to the struggle to keep her family together, could VERY EASILY have happened to me. What also moved me (to tears)...

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