Malvern Transit Campaign

Residents of Malvern have gotten together to speak up about the lack of major transit investment in North-East Scarborough for decades. They have gotten together to form the Transportation Working Group who are seeking to highlight the problems that residents face on a daily basis. Click here to go to the web page which has all the information you need to get updated about the transit issue here. Please take a moment to email or tweet (or both) the campaign to your local politicians to ensure that they take a step towards bringing transit to this neighbourhood.

Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with Youth is an initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that focuses on mental health problems and first aid. It is delivered by trained facilitators over the course of 2 days. The program is evidence based, well evaluated and has been adapted for the Canadian context. It is intended for service providers, and other adults who work with youth but do not have mental health or addiction support as part of their service mandate.

MHFA aims is to equip participants with skills and knowledge that will improve their ability to:
• spot early signs of mental health problems in young people
• provide help on a first aid basis and link families to local resources
• help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
• help prevent a mental illness from getting worse

As part of the Scarborough-East York Service Collaborative at The SPOT, CAMH will be offering this 2-day training in May 18 and May 25. Interested individuals can contact Dania at

Scarborough East York Service Collaborative

The Scarborough East York Service Collaborative, being facilitated by CAMH, is developing a walk-in service at The S.P.O.T to support youth with mental health concerns. The walk-in will be resourced by a range of community partners, including mental health service providers, and other related supports, such as employment, housing, and settlement services. Supporting agencies will flex their staff to offer services at the walk-in.
What we can offer:

• Space for agencies to engage with and offer services to a new client base
• On-site coordination support
• Platform to engage and network with other community agencies
• Training opportunities

For more information about this initiative, contact Chantal Fougere, Regional Implementation Coordinator at or 416-535-8501 x 34325

Malvern Eats has launched!

Approximately 90 participants enjoyed a Lemon & Herb Chicken in a white sauce, Rice Pilaf, Vegetables, Garden Salad, Fruits & Refreshments. Toronto Police Services 42 Division provided information on anti-theft and crime prevention methods.

Join us every Thursday, for a restaurant-style lunch service between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Interested in volunteering? Are you looking for an opportunity to engage your community in an atmosphere of warmth? Are you ready to get involved in providing a hot, healthy and delicious meal to someone who really needs it? Send an email to

If you are also interested in sponsoring a meal, you may visit this link and click “Malvern Lunch” to donate towards this initiative.

If you are a service provider and would like to do a presentation to the group about your services and programs, get in touch with Wynette at

Lived Experience Advisory Group - Poverty Reduction Strategy

To help inform the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, the City of Toronto is creating an advisory group made up of people with lived experiences of poverty. On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 approximately 20 residents gathered at Scarborough Civic Centre, to explore this further and go through the City’s survey as a large Scarborough group. If you would like to host similar conversations in your own groups, you may follow this conversation guide to help shape your discussions and then fill out the survey. Deadline to fill out the survey is April 22, 2016.

Malvern Partners Meet & Greet Update

On March 8, 2016, over 60 representatives from agencies inside and outside of Malvern attended the first ever Malvern Partners Meet & Greet and learned about new initiatives and opportunities for collaboration within the network. Participants learned about each others’ resources and assets through their exchanges. You can download the booklet that was distributed during the event, and also take a look at the the summary of the feedback from participants. If you were a participant and did not have an opportunity to fill out a survey, you can fill out an anonymous survey here.

Two Cycling Hubs Coming to Scarborough This Summer

Coming this June, Scarborough residents will have two new reasons to hop on their bicycles. In conjunction with local community partners, The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) will be opening a pair of cycling hubs here. The new hubs, located at the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre and AccessPoint on Danforth, will both offer access to free tools and bicycles, as well as programming such as bike repair clinics, cycling mentors for new Canadians, and family-friendly bike rides. Click here to read the full Yonge Street Media article and the Scarborough Mirror article.

Thanks For Your Support on the Urban Farm!

Thanks to everyone who rallied up their friends, colleagues and family to vote for the Morningside Heights Urban Farm last week! The voting was a part of United Way’s Rouge fundraising campaign. Thanks to all your support, encouragement and well wishes, our farm was the project with the leading votes at the time polls closed, making an amazing comeback from second place! The winner will be officially announced at United Way Rouge on April 8.