Social connections are a vital part of making Saskatoon feel like home. The Global Gathering Place integrates opportunities for social connections into many of our programs and services, including the following:
BrightStart! Our BrightStart! program engages mothers with young children. Through structured play, crafts, songs and presentations, mothers develop support networks and improve parenting and language skills. Children learn how to follow instructions, take turns, share, and are more prepared for school in Canada.
Coffee and Conversation: Every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 4pm, Coffee and Conversation brings volunteers and newcomers together for casual discussions around settlement. Clients are able to meet other newcomers, network with volunteers, practice language skills, learn more about life in Saskatoon, and Canadian culture.
Family, Fun, and Fit: Through sporting activities, field trips, and cultural events, Family, Fun and Fit introduces participants to a new recreational activity every weekend. The hope is that once clients become familiar with the facilities, events, and services available, they access them independently.
"Learn to" Sporting Program: The program provides instruction, equipment, and promotes awareness of a popular sport enjoyed by people in Saskatoon. This year, GGP will introduce canoeing and curling to participants. Past sessions introduced tennis and skating.
Weaving Words: In partnership with the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, clients work with a professional writer to develop their creative writing, editing, and storytelling skills. Their work is shared at a reading celebration and in a published anthology. To apply, please fill out and return the Weaving Words Application.
WELL - Women Exchanging Life Lessons: Women participate in a variety of weekly skills building, social, and informative sessions with an emphasis on health. Professionals from the community are brought in to speak on their area of expertise on topics such as oral hygiene, mental health, cancer prevention, healthy relationships, etc.