Are you new to Canada and part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community? Are you interested in support and community connections?

YWCA St. John’s is seeking participants and volunteers for the following upcoming programs for 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomers! Please see the updated information and eligibility requirements below.

About Upcoming Peer Support and Mentorship:

  • Peer support groups will be a confidential, non-judgemental space for participants to discuss shared experiences and support one another.
  • Mentorship provides one-on-one support from another 2SLGBTQIA+newcomer. Mentors and mentees meet 1-2 times per month for one year, or until your personal goals are met.
  • Some topics that peer support and mentorship can help with include: coming out, identity, settlement and integration, navigating services, emotional support, etc.

Who are these programs for?

  • These services are open to newcomers to Canada, who also identify as members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Participants and volunteers must be over the age of 18.
  • As project funding is primarily for Permanent Residents, Convention Refugees, and Live-in Caregivers, we are currently offering services to these individuals as a pilot/trial, with the opportunity for temporary residents to participate in the coming months if there is sufficient interest and availability.
  • Please note that individuals regardless of immigration status are eligible to participate as a volunteer (including temporary residents, long-term/former newcomers and new Canadian Citizens). If you are interested in volunteering as a Peer Mentor or Peer Support Group Facilitator, contact us or click here to learn more and complete our online volunteer application.

Have questions or need help registering?

Email OR call or text (709) 769-6649.

Programs are part of the “Fostering Collaboration” project ,delivered by YWCA St. John’s in partnership with Dr. Sulaimon Giwa of Memorial University’s School of Social Work. This project is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Click here to visit our website and learn more.

*2SLGBTQIA+: two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and/or asexual

*Newcomer: an individual who is new to Canada. (i.e. immigrants and refugees)