Community

The Raging Spoon is a social purpose enterprise which focuses on community interaction. We have included a ‘Community’ section on our website to illustrate the communal nature of our business development.

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Working for Change (WFC) operates The Raging Spoon, four other enterprises and a speakers bureau. It is committed to providing economic and leadership opportunities to the psychiatric consumer/survivor community. Through the development of enterprises, partnerships and special projects, WFC seeks to create meaningful employment and training opportunities that meet the varying needs of individuals with mental health issues. WFC businesses are very visible in our community. We believe that our work helps to reduce discrimination and educates the public in a positive way, reducing the stigma faced by people who have experienced mental health issues.

Our initiatives include:

otwcafeOut of This World Café and Espresso Bar

Originally a vocational rehabilitation program run by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Out of This World Café and Espresso Bar (OTW) was divested to WFC in 2002 to be operated as a social purpose enterprise. Since 2012, OTW has dramatically expanded its service and revenue base and currently provides employment opportunities to over 20 individuals with mental health and addiction histories. OTW operates a café, espresso bar and coffee cart at CAMH’s Queen Street site, and provides catering services to its many customers within CAMH and central Toronto.

 

Voices from the Street

Voices from the Street is a speakers bureau comprised of individuals who have had direct experience with homelessness, poverty, mental health issues, domestic violence, and immigration/newcomer issues. Voices from the Street puts a human face to social issues and involves people with lived experience as leaders in a public education process. Members of Voices have graduated from a 12 week program that provides training on public speaking, policy issues, how government works, diversity issues, communication, conflict resolution and working with the media.  Our members are available to speak on a variety of social justice issues.  They can enlighten any board meeting, social presentation, group collective or conference with insight on many of the pressing topics facing society today. Contact Dawnmarie Harriott: dawnmarie@workingforchange.ca

 

Women Speak Out (WSO)

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Women Speak Out, which was established in 2011, provides a 12-week leadership training program using a gender lens to explore social justice issues. Graduates of WSO are active members on a range of advisory committees and community boards and they have participated in international and national exchanges with other grassroots women’s groups. They are also members of our Speakers Bureau. In 2013, WSO won the Women Transforming Cities Best Practices Award for their work.
Contact Lubna Khalid: lubna@workingforchange.ca

 

pgteParkdale Green Thumb Enterprises

Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises is a social purpose horticulture business that installs and maintains outdoor and indoor plants for Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), non-profit organizations, hospitals, the private sector, and community groups.  PGTE works with customers to design plantings for streetscapes (large planters, hanging baskets and small gardens) and office/institutional interiors. Staff can recommend plants to accent an office’s architectural features, and respond to particular lighting conditions. They also provide groundskeeping services for the non-profit housing sector.