YWCA St. John’s is thrilled to offer Peer Support Groups and Mentorship for LGBTQIA+ newcomers, as part of the “Fostering Collaboration” project, delivered in partnership with Dr. Sulaimon Giwa of Memorial University’s School of Social Work.

If you are a newcomer to Canada and identify as LGBTQIA+, these FREE programs can offer confidential and non-judgmental support and community connection. 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • These programs are for im/migrants and refugees, who also identify as LGBTQIA+. 
  • Participants must be over the age of 18
  • Services are open to newcomers regardless of immigration status (this includes permanent residents, temporary residents, refugees, international students, etc.).

If you need assistance completing this form, or prefer to answer these questions in a phone call, please email Kimberly at kimberly@ywcastjohns.ca OR call or text (709) 769-6649.

*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)

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