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Community


A-Way Community

We provide our staff with
employment and opportunities to thrive

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Community


A-Way Community

We provide our staff with
employment and opportunities to thrive

More

A-Way Community

Employment and participation in society have been identified as key factors in leading a healthy life. Survivors of mental health challenges have historically faced barriers to secure income and financial stability, with unemployment rates of 70-90%. Often A-Way is a first job after years of illness and unemployment. 

We not only provide our staff with employment but opportunities to thrive.

Best experience in my life
— A-Way staff member
 

 

These are just some of the friendly faces on the A-Way team.

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Support


A Supportive Community

Support


A Supportive Community

 

Opportunities to Socialize

A-Way encourages its staff to form social support networks to connect with one another, to improve nutrition, access cultural and sports activities, relax, and have fun.

The Breakfast Club produces healthy meals two days a week for our couriers to start their day. The Breakfast Club has recently expanded beyond breakfast and hosts a ‘Spaghetti Dinner’ every Friday after work.

The Social Club arranges fun and interesting outings like bowling and trips to art galleries.

The Alumni Club welcomes former employees for a meal and a chance to maintain connections with acquaintances and former colleagues.

The Art Club meets monthly to explore creative projects. They are currently making cards that are for sale in the office.

Employment Transition

While some A-Way employees stay with A-Way for the long term, others wish to transition into other employment – either in careers they have had in the past, or forging new paths.

Supported by the City of Toronto’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy, A-Way now has an employment program. We have a dedicated Employment Support Specialist who develops trainings, partnerships, mentorships and placement programs to help staff develop new skills, experiences and connections. In addition, our Employment Specialist meets one on one with staff to help them create resumes, practice interview skills and investigate personal career options.

We also encourage all staff to gain new skills and experience through internal opportunities such as new positions within the office, sitting on the A-Way Board of Directors or joining one of the organization’s standing committees.

 
I’m grateful for A-Way and how they help others
— A-Way staff member
 

Navigating Services

It is often a challenge to identify and access the appropriate services required, whether they relate to mental or physical health, finances, housing or legal support.

We provide this information to employees where we are able and have established a partnership with Community Resource Connections Toronto (CRCT) to augment this support. One of CRCT’s valued staff comes to A-Way twice a month to provide support and information to staff. 

Note: In April 2015, CRCT merged with Fred Victor.

Advocacy

A-Way is a Consumer-Survivor Initiative (CSI). This means that the organization not only employs people with lived experience of mental health issues, but was founded and is run by people with lived experience. Even our board is comprised primarily of people with lived experience of mental health issues.

This places us in a unique position to connect with people within the mental health community. As a result, we have formed a network with other CSIs , specifically those who – like us – receive core funding from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN).

Funded by the TC LHIN, our role as the CSI Network is to connect with the mental health community. We ensure that they are informed of initiatives and services available within our health system and we communicate to the TC LHIN, on trends and needs that we learn about through connecting with mental health survivors.

Community Partners

A-Way’s numerous support programs are made possible through valued partnerships.
We thank all of our partners for their commitment and support.

Donate

We welcome donations to help us support A-Way’s support programs. Donations received from individuals last year exceeded $7,000 and made many of our activities possible.

If you or your company are interested in making a donation, please contact Meredith Cochrane, A-Way’s Executive Director. Donations of any size are appreciated and tax receipts are provided upon request.

 
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Creative Partnership


The Partnership Behind a New Facelift

Creative Partnership


The Partnership Behind a New Facelift

 

To celebrate the 28th anniversary of A-Way Express we decided to give our website a new face that speaks of our well recognized service value and social mandate. 

Choosing which creative team to redesign our website was an easy decision.  GenesisXD www.GenesisXD.com, with over 20 years of blended experience in brand marketing, has innovation and social understanding, as well as cutting edge creativity to take our A-Way website to a new level.

Our new website design aptly reflects on the people-focused value of A-Way Express. The experience of working with the GenesisXD team is marked with respect and genuine understanding of the space we are in.

As an A-Way team not only are we proud of who we are, we are also proud of having GenesisXD as our trusted creative partner. 

 

Meredith Cochrane
Executive Director

 
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Uptoday


Having a job!
A job brings structure, responsibility, purpose and a sense of belonging to life. These are foundations for stability and recovery.

Uptoday


Having a job!
A job brings structure, responsibility, purpose and a sense of belonging to life. These are foundations for stability and recovery.

 

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