Connecting Newcomers to Local Resources
Community Connections brings together newcomers to Canada and established community residents for sharing and learning. Newcomers learn about living in Canada, practice speaking English and make connections in their new community. Volunteers act as guides to life in the community. In the process, they learn about other cultures and gain a better understanding of what immigrants contribute to Canada.
Funded through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Community Connections offers:
- Cultural and/or career mentoring (both individual and group)
- Assistance with volunteer placements
- Opportunities for multi-way interaction and cross-cultural awareness
- Conversation circles supporting language practice
- Group activities/sessions supporting knowledge transfer and cross-cultural awareness
Community Connections participants are recently-arrived newcomers or those newcomers who still need help adapting to their new life in Canada. To be eligible for the program, you must be a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or a live-in caregiver.
To become a Community Connections volunteer, you should be knowledgeable about your community, open to learning about other cultures, and willing to share your own cultural background and your appreciation of Canadian society.
Services available in:
St. Catharines at 85 Church Street, ON, L2R 3C7 – Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – 905-685-6589 Ext. 228
Niagara Falls at St. Ann Adult Education Centre on 5895 North St, Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 1J7 – T: 289-407-1793 – Tuesday and Thursday – 8:30 to 12:30 pm
Welland at Father Fogarty Adult Learning Centre on 269 Thorold Road, ON, L3C 3W1 – T: 289-241-6289 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (hours vary)
For more information please contact [email protected].