Through the development of small businesses, partnerships and special projects, Working For Change seeks to create meaningful employment and training opportunities that meet the varying needs of individuals with mental health issues.
Our businesses are very visible in our community. We believe that our work helps to reduce discrimination and educates the public in a positive way, reducing the stigma faced by people who have experienced mental health issues. Working For Change is committed to providing economic and leadership opportunities to the psychiatric consumer/survivor community. www.workingforchange.ca
Our initiatives include:
The Raging Spoon Catering Company
The Raging Spoon Catering Company, established in 1997, is one of three consumer/survivor businesses operating under the umbrella of Working For Change. The Spoon, as it is fondly known, is located at 1658 Queen Street West. The catering arm of the Spoon delivers throughout the central Toronto area, offering a variety of appetizers, hot and cold entrees and deserts.
For more information visit www.ragingspoon.ca
Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises
Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises offers horticultural and plant maintenance services to local Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s), non-profits, the City of Toronto and the private sector. This has been an exciting time for PGTE. Green Thumb provides interior plant maintenance for the Direct Energy Centre on the Exhibition Grounds, and for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as well as exterior landscaping services housing providers. We also provide plant streetscaping/plant maintenance to Liberty Village BIA and Mirvish Village BIA.
For more information visit www.pgte.org
Voices from the Street Speakers Bureau
Voices from the Street is a speakers bureau made up of individuals who have experienced poverty, homelessness and/or mental health issues and who have been through an intensive 12 week training process to learn skills in public speaking. During the training they are also exposed to a range of social justice and community activists and to people involved in the development of public policy. The goal of the project is to educate the public on issues related to poverty, homelessness and mental health and to try to influence public policy. Voices members speak to a wide range of audiences from high school and university students to Rotary clubs, lawyers, and community groups. www.voicesfromthestreet.com
Women Speak Out
Women Speak Out, which was established in 2011, provides a 12-week leadership training program using a gender lens to explore social justice issues. Graduates of WSO are active members on a range of advisory committees and community boards and they have participated in international and national exchanges with other grassroots women’s groups. They are also members of our Speakers Bureau. In 2013, WSO won the Women Transforming Cities Best Practices Award for their work. www.women-speak-out.org