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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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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What an amazing year it has been!

November 2nd, 2017 at our first Circle night, we knew, within minutes, that lives were going to change. Yes we had a lot to learn and we happily dove in, knowing that every minute invested in this initiative was going to significantly impact the community. Throughout our months together, the Leaders and Allies built formidable relationships and have grown to care about each other like a family. In the first few meetings the group took the time to get comfortable with each other and by February we easily settled into our groove. We have each grown and been supported. Our very own Circles Coach, Michelle...

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What’s Great about Getting Ahead?

The goal of Getting Ahead: To help individuals in poverty to build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. By creating an actionable plan for change graduates of the Getting Ahead program build the capacity to move towards being financially self-sufficient. The Getting Ahead curriculum: Involves work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator with lived experience of poverty. Enables you, the participant, (also known as “investigators”) to examine your own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impact poverty (banking, housing,...

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Getting Ahead Is Just Getting Started!

Well we are almost all the way through our first run of the Getting Ahead Program and we are so excited about the future of this program in Simcoe County, specifically in the Midland/Penetanguishene area. The current participants have expressed immense gratitude to the staff and supporters of Getting Ahead and are really looking forward to taking the next steps towards their goals. We asked our current Getting Ahead participants ... Why Choose Getting Ahead?    Here is what they had to say: Before I joined the program I struggled with trying to improve my life on the poverty line as I...

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