Proposed Groups for 2021!!!

Please contact your Recovery Coach or the Program Coordinator Christa Riddell

Regarding Interest, Registration Info or other questions 

Due to Covid-19 regulations and safety protocols our “Support Groups” are often changing.  

Current Groups

Talk & Step Alumni

When: Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM, Ongoing

Group Size: Peer-led*

Setting/Location: In-person, meet at Grow, 125 Skinner Street

Group Description:

A peer-led initiative to continue the routine of friendly walks and chats, with a café rest stop. Social connections and leisurely pace. Please discuss with your recovery coach if you are interested!

Potential for Growth

When: Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 PM, Ongoing

Group Size: Peer-led*

Setting/Location: In-person, meet at Grow, 125 Skinner Street.

Group Description:

A peer-led initiative to create a community where those who have been a part of Grow services can stay connected, feel supported by each other, and look to move forward into the community. Please note this cohort is closed to newcomers. Watch for opportunities to form and join upcoming cohorts!

Book Buddies

When: Fridays, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Ongoing

Group Size: Peer-led*

Setting/Location: In-person, meet at Grow, 125 Skinner Street.

Group Description:

A peer-led initiative to continue reading, meeting, and discussing a book of choice. Inspired by Grow’s popular Book Club group. Please note this cohort is closed to newcomers. Watch for opportunities to form and join upcoming cohorts!

Talk & Step

When: Fridays, 1:30-2:30 PM commencing September 10 for 7 weeks ending October 29.

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, off site meeting at 125 Skinner Street parking lot.

Group Description:

Join us for a leisurely walk and talk around the Vic West Area. This group will aim to provide exercise and social connection. The level of activity will be light.

Adult Upgrading Camosun College

When: Mondays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM commencing September 13 for 13 weeks ending December 13 (no session on October 11, Thanksgiving).

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, upstairs in the Bridge Centre.

Group Description:

Perhaps you are wanting to finish your high school diploma or improve your Math and English skills before starting a program at college.  Or perhaps you would like to improve your general literacy skills just for the enjoyment of learning. Whatever your goals, adult upgrading is a good option.

You can upgrade your Math and/or English in a safe supportive environment. An instructor from Camosun College comes to Grow to teach adult upgrading courses, grade 8 to 12 English and Math.

  • Upgrading courses are tuition free
  • Upgrading is for all ages; if you’ve been out of school for 10-20 years, upgrading is a good choice
  • Not sure where to start?  You can take an assessment to determine your starting course
  • If you have a learning disability, the instructor will ensure you achieve your learning goals
  • A friendly, caring learning experience is provided
  • The instructor is committed to your success by offering customized upgrading to meet your individual needs
  • Courses are in a self-paced format, allowing you to study at your own pace

Upon completion of an upgrading course, you may decide to continue with upgrading or apply to a college program.

CBT for Depression

When: Tuesdays, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM commencing September 14 for 8 weeks ending November 2.

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

The Changeways Clinic Core Program is an evidence-based 8-week workshop to learn Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills. The program provides illness education, thinking strategies, & lifestyle management skills for people who experience depression. Anxiety management skills will also be touched on.

Art Studio

When: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM commencing September 20 for 6 weeks ending December 6 (No session on October 11).

Group Size: 10 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street in the Art Room downstairs (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Grow art lovers,

I am so excited to announce the return of our Art Studio for the summer!! Please join us at GROW on Monday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 PM to connect with peers and express yourself creatively. There will be light instruction provided for those wishing to follow along with weekly projects, as well as the option of bringing your own artwork to work on.

Our Art Studio time is designed to connect and involve our clients with their own -recovery goals.  Participants can become more outgoing at their own pace and make connections with others. Art Studio time can also provide structure to the day – clients can get out of the house because they enjoy creating and know someone cares when they don’t come. The warm and caring studio setting becomes familiar with participants over the 6 weeks, which can assist with goals of reducing anxiety, building confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment.

PS: although the provincial health restrictions around masks will be eased on July 1st, ICMH and other VIHA sites will still require masks for indoor groups until further notice. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation.

Community Yoga with Nyk

When: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM commencing September 28 for 12 weeks ending December 14.

Group Size: 14 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3G8.

Group Description:

This community yoga class, taking place at Christ Church Cathedral, will replicate a community experience with the support of Grow staff. Nyk Danu, Therapeutic Yoga teacher, will teach Yin Yang yoga – a grounding and centering practice with basic movements to gently warm the body and increase circulation. If you are hoping to develop a new self-care practice, this yoga class could be a great first step. Never tried yoga? This is a great opportunity! All skill levels are welcome!

Brain Workout: Memory Module

When: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 PM commencing November 3 for 4 weeks ending November 24.

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

Do you like playing computer games? Do you sometimes have trouble remembering, organizing, or socializing? With a combination of computer games, role playing activities, and strategy discussions, we will target thinking skills in separate 4-week modules. Sign up for 1 or more!

Modules being offered: 1. Memory; 2. Organization & Planning; 3. Speed & Attention; 4. Social Skills.

Future Groups

Qi Gong with Malcolm

When: Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 PM *** Fall start date TBD ***

Group Size: 7 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 4 Corners Community Collective, 1508 Haultain Avenue (Bus routes 22, 10, 27, 28).

*** Fall location TBD ***

Group Description:

Learn gentle, flowing, meditative movements of Qi Gong forms  to exercise the body and calm the mind. Qi Gong involves sequences of flowing movements coupled with changes in mental focus, breathing, coordination, and relaxation. Students will learn basic movements that can be put into practice in everyday lifeThis group may also as a serve step toward integrating into Qi Gong and Tai Chi programs in the communityThis Class is open to beginners and all physical levels, exercises can be done in a chair or standing, and some will be done on a yoga mat on floor if possible. Group will be held indoors.

Mental Health Benefits: Wellness tools; improved ability to manage emotions; anxiety reduction; physical fitness, balance; improve comfort/confidence being with others.​

Meet Malcolm Clark:

Malcolm’s unique outlook allows him to meet clients and students in their individual needs. He turns old art forms into very practical life skills and has built techniques to relieve physical, environmental and emotional stresses. Client involvement is an important part in healing, which he encourages through hands-on bodywork, communication and home exercises. He has been inspired by practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Feldenkrais and Zero Balancing.​  Malcolm has been teaching and working with folks in the Victoria community since the early 2000’s and therefore has learned movement techniques to offer to wide range of abilities. Malcolm’s approach is to help the individual meet their goals. 

Sleep Fitness

When: To Be Determined.

Group Size: 8 participants maximum.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail or your Recovery Coach for the link).

Group Description:

A good night’s sleep! We all want it and need it, but often something prevents us from getting it. Current research demonstrates how overall mental and physical health, productivity and performance are connected to our sleep fitness. This 4 week group workshop will explore why we need it and how lifestyle habits can enhance it. Like 6-pack abs, it’s does not happen overnight.  But with practice, consistency and perseverance, we can all achieve a better level of sleep fitness!

*Clients will be encouraged to keep a sleep record, track and share weekly on their journey towards better overall sleep.

Join us on ZOOM for 60 minutes of learning, sharing and strategizing how we can catch and keep those elusive extra zzz’s!

Week#1– The science of sleep~ why do we need it?

             – Setting the stage for sleep

             – Goal setting for the week ahead

Week#2– Nutrition and physical activity for sleep

            – Review and goal setting for the week ahead

Week#3– Strategies to “Power Down”, when the mind won’t co-operate!

             – Review and goal setting for the week ahead

Week #4– Dreams, themes and trending now~ the future of sleep science

             – Looking back, what’s worked and goals going forward

Please note: Dates and setting/location of groups are subject to change.