Brain Health Workshop – August 22nd

Join us for a Brain Health Workshop on August 22 In partnership with Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Call (416) 249-7946 to register More info below:   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your email inbox. Read more about WTSS services

Tips for Staying Cool

Be aware of the signs of dehydration for yourself and use these tips to keep cool throughout the summer — and don’t forget to take that water bottle wherever you go! Wear cool clothing: See that the person is dressed in light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, preferably of natural fabrics like cotton. Use hats and umbrellas…

Reconnect Community Health Services -West Toronto Support Services Integration Announcement

The Boards’ of Directors of Reconnect Community Health Services and West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) are working toward integrating our organizations to create a combined entity that will better serve our clients and communities. The Boards of Directors have signed a Letter of Intent confirming the parties’ commitment to merging the organizations into a single…

Need help with your lawn and leaves?

The 2019 lawn care season is fast approaching, and West Toronto Support Services look forward to again providing you with our professional and reasonably priced lawn cutting service between May 1 and November 30. Pat Chapelle, our lawn care specialist, will again look after your lawn cutting needs this season. Pat has over 15 years…

Help with Home Cleaning

If you’re struggling to get those home cleaning tasks done and need a little support, try our Home Help service. We will send a Home Support Worker to your home to do those tiresome chores. Home Help is an accredited WTSS service. Telephone us at (416) 653-3535 or (416) 249-7946 to learn more   A West…

Presto Card Donations Please

West Toronto Support Services is looking for Presto Card donations. We are accepting new or used, unregistered Presto cards.   Presto cards grant easy access to the TTC transportation network and donated cards will go towards helping meal delivery and supporting our Volunteer dept. Follow these steps to start your Presto Card donation: You can Buy…

Enjoy lunch at the Canadiana

Join the Monthly Outing group on March 21st at the Canadiana Restaurant! Call Laura at 416-249-7946 to RSVP Sign-up today!   48 hours notice is required to cancel to avoid being billed. Payment is due on the day of the trip. Volunteers are available to provide assistance to participants. Bus will leave from 1167 Weston…

Keeping Warm on a Budget

Heating a home can be expensive and not everyone lives in one that is 100% efficient.   Below are a few tips to help save money in the colder months ahead. Consider installing a programmable thermostat. It will turn the heat up before you wake, turn the heat down when you leave home and back up…

Feeling the effects of the “winter blues”? Try Light Therapy Lamps @torontolibrary

Spring is around the corner, but if you’re feeling ‘blue’ in the last throes of winter, you might want to visit your library. Research by the Canadian Mental Health Association suggests that 2-3% of the general population of Ontario have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and another 15% have a less severe experience. Light therapy lamps are designed…

Income Tax Clinic for 55+

It’s that time of year again! We will be hosting our annual tax clinic again between March and April. The program is provided in part by the CVITP (The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program) whose objective is to help eligible taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit returns, and…

WTSS Holiday Hours 2018

Please note that we have holiday hours below for December. Contact your program staff if you have any questions or need assistance over the break. WTSS Holiday Season Hours The West Toronto Support Service offices will be closed on the following days: Monday, December 24, 2018 Bloor Site: Open 9:00 am to 1 pm Weston Site: Open…

Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to boost immunity. The flu vaccine will not protect against colds and other respiratory illnesses not caused by the influenza virus. Toronto Public Health flu vaccination clinics are now complete. It’s not too late to get your…

Christmas Bazaar in Mt. Dennis – Dec. 8, 2018

Delicious baked good and more! Come attend our annual Christmas Bazaar and support our Wellness Group Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11am, 1167 Weston Road. For more information please call, (416) 249-7946   West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your email inbox. Read…

The 2019 Safe Seniors Calendar is now available!

With support from Co-operators Insurance, the B.A.S.S.I.C. partners develop and print a calendar every year for older adults focusing on safety. The calendar offers tips and suggestions on how seniors can keep safe in their homes and communities.  It also reminds individuals of their OAS and CPP payment dates.   To get one you must: Visit…

Christmas Holiday Lunch – Dec. 13, 2018

Reserve your tickets soon! The season is fast approaching and our Community Dining team have already put together our Christmas Holiday Lunch menu. To RSVP: You may visit our offices at 1709 Bloor St. W. or call (416) 653-3535 Ext. 240 Read our poster below…   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please…

What Is Advance Care Planning? Full Workbook Download

Imagine—one day, without warning, you find yourself in a hospital. You can’t communicate Who would speak for you? Who will make healthcare decisions for you? Most people will develop a chronic illness during their lifetime. It’s important to plan ahead, for a time when you may not be capable of making your own healthcare decisions.…

2018 1st Annual General Meeting Highlights

“WTSS is poised to embark on an exciting new chapter in its history and is well positioned to address the challenges that lie ahead in our sector…We are confident that the collective strengths of the merged agency will enable us to improve access and expand the services that help our clients to live independently in…

October is Community Support Month

Community support services support nearly one million Ontarians each year, including seniors and people with disabilities. They help clients live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible, and reduce the burden on family caregivers and other parts of the health care system. As Ontario’s population ages, community support services will…

Town Hall on Rights for Disabilities – Aug. 16th, 2018 @viraniarif

On June 20, 2018, our government introduced the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada. The Accessible Canada Act represents the most significant piece of federal legislation for the rights of persons with disabilities in over 30 years – we are finally putting “Nothing about us without us” into action, legally requiring the participation of…

Invitation to the WTSS’ 1st Annual General Meeting 2018

West Toronto Support Services welcomes you to attend their 1st Annual General Meeting (AGM). Thursday, September 13th, 2018 Please RSVP to Margarita at (416) 249-7946 by August 31st. This years event will be held at 116 Industry Street (Learning Enrichment Foundation). Free transportation will be offered to any clients/members requiring assistance.  Please contact us as soon as possible.…

BBQ Safety tips at home

Source: St. John Ambulance Ontario is the best place to take advantage of street festivals and social activities. However, don’t let the fun distract you from your number one priority – safety! Thankfully, St. John Ambulance is here to help you keep your head above water by providing you with the latest health and safety tips.…

Need a reason to volunteer? Older adults who volunteer are happier and healthier

Did you know that older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling? They are receiving a health boost!  A study published in Psychological Bulletin shows evidence regarding the psychosocial health benefits and we thought it was worth sharing again. Among the key findings: Volunteering is associated with reductions in…

Introducing online & telephone banking

West Toronto Support Services is pleased to announce that you now have the option of paying your bill for services received using online or telephone banking.   This applies to clients from either our Bloor and Weston sites. Instructions for paying online: Simply add “West Toronto Support Services” as a payee when paying bills through your…

Weston Farmer’s Market

WTSS joined the Weston Farmer’s Market again this year on June 16th for their opening Day celebration – a festive, fun-filled event, that commemorates the opening of the market, and celebrates the rich diversity of the Weston community, and local enterprises! Watch the video: A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure…

Lunch @ Swiss Chalet on June 12

Enjoy a special menu from Swiss Chalet with your friends! Call quickly to reserve your spot on Wednesday, June 12, 2018 To reserve, contact Laura, our Community Dining Coordinator, at 416-653-3535 Ext. 240 More information below:   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your…

The Artful Garden

Build strong relationships and enhance your quality of life through creative arts. This new FREE program will run regularly every Thursday from 3 – 5pm at 1167 Weston Rd. To register, please call 416-249-7946 More information on our poster below: A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news…

Roses & live Music for Mother’s Day 2018

Our Community Dining department was at it again this year – providing not one, but two events this time!   At 1709 Bloor St. W. and 55 Rankin Cres. with LA Active Living Centre. The events were very successful with over 50 attendees. Enjoy some photos from our 1709 Bloor St. W. location – Photographer: Heather…

Annual Garden Sale – June 2 *cancelled*

May 31 Update: The Annual Garden Sale on June 2 has been CANCELLED.  Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be able to host the event this year.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please come and support West Toronto Support Services with our Annual Garden Sale! Beautiful flowers, plants and crafts for sale all cared for and…

Celebrate Mother‘s Day Lunch – May 10

Thursday May, 10th 2018 1709 Bloor St W. at 12:00 PM Tickets are $14.00 each – please call Laura to reserve at (416) 653-3535 Ext. 240   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your email inbox. Read more about WTSS services

Volunteer Appreciation Night @WTSSorg Humber Site

For volunteers who have been a part of Humber Community Seniors’ Services (Humber site) prior to the agency merge, April 19th was an evening of saying “Thank you”! The event is an annual tradition that reflects upon the many hours and skills that volunteers have contributed to the Humber site. Many volunteers have been with the…

National Volunteer Week @WTSSorg – #NVW2018

Join us for National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2018 as we “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections, and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service,…

2018 Lawn Care Service

The 2018 lawn care season is fast approaching, and we look forward to again providing you with our professional and reasonably priced lawn cutting service between May 1 and November 30. Pat Chapelle, our lawn care specialist, will again look after your lawn cutting needs this season. Pat has over 15 years experience in providing…

Join us for Fish & Chips!

Enjoy some traditional English fare this month with 2 different popular Fish & Chips restaurants this month.   Register quickly for these popular events and take note of the different telephone #’s for sign-up. WTSS Humber location Our team will take you to the Olde Yorke Fish & Chips on Wednesday, April 18th. The Escorted Monthly program…