YWCA offering free virtual activities
With the most recent pandemic wave curtailing the return to in-person activities, the YWCA, one of the city’s oldest community organizations, wants to give more women access to virtual programs and activities that prioritize self-care.
Self-care a priority
The 2022 winter schedule of activities will be free for women across the city. Prior to the pandemic, the activities were offered at a nominal fee. The removal of a barrier to entry will mean that more women will be able to access the self-care and social activities.
Ariana Lazaris, Community Service and Volunteer Coordinator, says there was an intentional push to incorporate a varied slate of wellness activities as the pandemic wore on. She says that following a satisfaction survey, there was a demand for more activities like yoga and meditation.
As such, the winter schedule will now offer:
- Therapeutic Yoga (for Caregivers of Seniors) on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
- Yoga Hatha on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
- Flow Yoga for all on Thursdays at 11 a.m.
- My Thriving Tuesdays, which will focus on different aspects of wellness as well as art therapy groups.
- English and French conversation groups.
- Partner violence support groups.
Programs encourage socialization
Lazaris says that it was also important for mothers and children to be able to partake in some of the activities together, which is why they will be offering the Art Hive for Women and Children on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants get creative with whatever materials they have on hand and then share their creations with other participants. Lazaris adds that while these activities are virtual, “there is still a social aspect” where participants are engaging with each other.
The YWCA’s winter schedule will run from January 24 to April 15. While there are no deadlines for registration, there are limited slots for each activity.
To register or to see the full list of activities, click here.