Together We Are

As of April 2021 the Together We Are program has transitioned to be delivered by Side by Side Family Services Centre.

Until their website is fully ready for visitors, we are maintaining this information below about what the program has to offer you! The contact information below is up to date for the e-mail and cell # you can contact for getting started with the service. 

Their website is


What you need to know about accessing Together We Are during the COVID-19 pandemic…

  • We continue to support families by providing workshops online
  • Event information and updates will be posted regularly
  • Read below for general program information and reach out if you have any questions
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Empowering Families

A free program for parents & caregivers of black children ages 6 to 11.

This program recognizes the diversity and strength that exists within families in the black community and aims to empower and support parents and caregivers of black children.

Themes of Parent Workshops include:

– culture and identity
– communication tools
– advocacy
– parenting styles
– strengthening parent – child relationships

Each week, new themes will be presented. Facilitators will provide information that is relevant to parenting today and provide opportunity to learn from each others successes and challenges. The overall goal is to strengthen our relationships with our children and enhance our efforts for our children to thrive in the community in which we live.

Children’s Activities:

Children between the ages of 6 to 11 years can attend and participate in parallel programming for 6 sessions of fun, supervised, culturally based activities. We have a variety of activities that have included dance, drumming, story-telling, art, etc. We aim to have fun and connect the children to the cultural histories embedded in the activities.




Ontario’s Black Youth Action Plan:

The Engaged Parent: Navigating the School System for Black Student Success

Understanding Parenting in the Black Caribbean Population within the Context of Historical Trauma in Toronto

Black Health Alliance: Anti-Black Racism

Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies – One Vision One Voice: Changing the Ontario Child Welfare System to Better Serve African Canadians

Next session: To Be Announced – until further notice, groups are currently cancelled to take action to slow the transmission of COVID 19. Staff are available over the phone should you have any questions or need any information.

 Innovative Supports for Black Parents Initiative

Supported by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Programming delivered in partnership: Side by Side Services & John Howard Society of Durham Region