Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project (LAMP)

LAMP Community Health Centre strives to improve quality of life by supporting people to reach their full potential. We partner with our community to address new and emerging community needs, and support a wide-range of health care services, community programs, and advocacy initiatives that promote the physical, emotional, social, and economic well-being of our community.

Our Story What We Do

History of Organization

The idea of a multi-service community health centre was presented at a community meeting in March 1972. A committee of community members and agency representatives, aided by the staff at the Addiction Research Foundation, developed the project. LAMP was incorporated in 1973. Premier William Davis officially opened LAMP's doors to the public on October 14th, 1976. The Street Level (SL) youth centre was established in 1992 based on community needs assessment.

Accolades and Accomplishments

Despite the lack of available funding and community organizational support, LAMP launched the older youth basketball program for youth aged 19-24 in response to several years of youth advocacy for the program. Today three years later Toronto parks and recreation has partnered with LAMP to offer it's first older youth program in the Lakeshore ever, responding to the needs of the community. Another success story is the opening of our Mississauga Community Health Centre satelite. Our youth led project Remix has been named one of the three top youth serving projects in the world by UN Habitat . Remix is actively working with the United Nations on it's urban safety initiatives modelling best practises and education in using arts and culture to steer youth away from crime. LAMP is also the lead agency delivering Diabetes Education services to the West Quadrant of Toronto. In addition, LAMP received the “Gem of the Lakeshore Award” for community service in 2009 from BIA Committee and Lakeshore Community Partnership… AOHC Award.

Our Programs How We Do It

  • Adult Drop-in & Out of the Cold;
  • Adult Literacy;
  • Among Friends (programs for people living with serious mental health problems);
  • ASK!: community information, emergency food bank, income tax & legal clinics, & immigrant & refugee settlement services;
  • Breakfast Clubs;
  • Chiropody;
  • Community Development;
  • Diabetes Education;
  • Family Centre: drop-in programs for at-risk families with children 0-6;
  • Occupational Health;
  • Ontario Early Years Centre;
  • Primary Health Care;
  • RAY: a youth centre for teens;
  • Remix: youth empowerment using urban culture as its tool;
  • Social Work: short term counselling, information & referral;
  • SEYA: leadership & skill building program for youth;
  • Speech & Language Therapy: treatment for children under 5;
  • Street Level: social recreation programs for youth 10-19 years of age;
  • Volunteer Program: recruitment, selection, placement & volunteer support & training.

Street Level

Street Level [SL] offers social-recreational programming to a diverse group of marginalized children and youth ages 10-19 in the South Etobicoke area. These children and youth mostly live in low income and sub-standard housing or apartments and are predominantly Caribbean and African, followed by European, South East Asian, First Nations and Latin American. One of the main objectives of the program is to provide a positive support network and a safe environment for children and youth. Drop-in programming provides opportunities for youth and children to meet new people, make new friends, and connect with positive role models. Health and Wellness is promoted through: physical activities (ex. Basketball, and tween recreation); health and education promotion (ex. Healthy Living Workshops at the local school, drug prevention education, and tween homework support); food and nutrition (ex. Cooking clubs); and, life skills (ex. anger management workshops) and leadership capacity building activities. Youth engagement is an integral part of SL and youth are involved in planning (ex. through youth council), implementing (ex. hire peer staff, youth led workshops, and youth volunteer program), and evaluating programs. Community engagment strategies include: various partnerships (ex. with probation, local schools); youth led community events; and community iniaitives to respond to community needs (ex. Bullying forum).

Funding and Program Partners

Street Level is generously supported by the United Way of Greater Toronto, The Trillium Foundation, the City of Toronto's DAPP Program and the Ontario Ministry of Health. The youth centre, which is over 20 years old, was build through capital funding from the Ontario Government.

Program Impact

Last year, the Street Level program engaged 166 youth and children in diverse activities that: helped 75% expand their positive social support network; 77% learn about or engage in healthier lifestyle choices; 68% becoming directly involved in planning, implementing and leading program activities; and, engaged 36 children and youth in over 1,300 hours of volunteer work.

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

"9% of boys and only 4% of girls are meeting the new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, according to the 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey"  (Toronto’s Vital Signs®, 2011)

Participant Vignette

A youth who we will call Jim first came to basketball when he was 13. Overtime Jim developed into a leadership role in SL’s youth council. In his final year of school, with 2 credits left to go, Jim decided not to finish high school. With support of SL staff the school guidance counselor allowed him to complete his credits through a co-op placement at the centre. "Like many youth in my community, I had no direction or plans of creating a feasible future for myself. The first time I participated in a SL program it had to have been the first time I’ve seen life at a new angle. SL helped me realize the importance of setting goals, and helped me achieve them. The programs helped me realize the importance of education and for that I couldn’t be anymore grateful. I am now in my second year of college hoping to further my education at University. Furthermore, I hope to redeem my diploma from my current program in 'Community and Justice', as well as a degree in criminology to help give back to the community that’s given so much to me." Jim also received a scholarship to help pay for college.

Brighter Futures Home Visiting and Parent relief Programme

Funding is used to offer a home visiting program to families with children 0-6 who are experiencing stress in their lives and require extra supports in order to raise healthy children. In the past year the program has focused its outreach on a neighbourhood identified as being in high need but where few parents access service.  Working together in collaboration partners started a drop-in program in this community.Community outreach is done to connect with isolated families who are experiencing barriers to accessing services. These include Canadian newcomers, ESL families, families who have children with special needs, and families where violence, drug abuse or parental health has had an influence. The parent support/outreach worker does home visiting to help families access community resources and services. Success By 6 also contributes funding to a parent relief program. The parent relief is offered 3 days a week for up to 10 children each day at a different community location.  Children receive care from 9 am to 3 pm allowing their parents respite and time in which to meet their own and other family needs.

Funding and Program Partners

Parent Relief is generously supported by the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Public Health Agency of Canada. It has received support from The Trillium Foundation in the past and a network of community donors provide ongoing inkind support for the clients in the program.

Program Impact

Parent Relief – 1500 days of parent relief offered annually to isolated families with children 0-6 living in conditions of risk and families who have children with special needs. Home Visiting - Families with drug/substance abuse issues, isolated families and community newcomers, families at risk for child abuse and CAS/CCAS referrals receive visits by a support worker who provides resources and referrals to community programs to maximize children’s development. (265 home visits annually plus staffing of a prenatal nutrition support group for high risk parents, a weekly drop-in in an identified under served neighbourhood and a weekly post natal support group).

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

“Canada ranks last among 14 western nations in spending on early learning, childcare, and kindergarten programs”.

“We will not be competitive in the knowledge economy because we did not invest in early learning”.

“More than 30% of children five and under are in families that are below the Low Income Cut-off and the median employment income for families in 2006 was 20% below the provincial median”. (Toronto's Vital Signs®, 2009)

Participant Vignette

Penny was a street involved youth. She ran away from home, foster homes, and group homes several times at a very young age. Penny became involved with drugs, theft, and the sex industry. Penny sought out LAMP services at the beginning of her first pregnancy at the age of 17. At the time, Penny was living with her mother. Penny occasionally used marijuana and alcohol but discontinued use when the pregnancy was confirmed. CAS became involved with Penny in a protection capacity during her pregnancy. Penny moved out of her mother’s home and parented her son independently for 9 months. At this time, things deteriorated and Penny began using cocaine/crack and alcohol. Penny was also in a physically abusive relationship. Penny reached out to the home visiting worker. Penny and the home visitor developed a plan, with the support of CAS. The child was placed in the care of his maternal grandmother while Penny completed a drug treatment program. Penny left the abusive relationship. The child was eventually placed with Penny again. Penny remains clean and is currently enrolled in college. She sits on the honour roll. The child is still in Penny’s care, and Penny has been able to maintain a healthy relationship with her partner.

South Etobicoke Youth Assembly

South Etobicoke is a community full of talented young people with diverse backgrounds and a multitude of experiences. For this reason, we founded this youth led, youth run organization called the South Etobicoke Youth Assembly in 2000. SEYA is a group that is available to ANYONE between the ages of 14-24 regardless of economic status, background, sexual orientation, language barriers or physical disabilities. Our mission is to run a strong connected youth organization that encourages active participation in the community. We hold meetings and provide workshops monthly for our youth, available to anyone who makes the effort to walk through our door. Our workshops are based primarily on self-development premises whether it is writing or singing, dancing or photography; whatever our youth express an interest in, we work and collaborate to provide the opportunities. Youth are able to complete their mandatory high school community service hours with us at meetings and other volunteer initiatives. This way ALL of the youth can be included and can link our group and vision with their own individual talent and goals. We have worked hard to build a respected reputation for ourselves and as a result we are recognized throughout the city for our advocacy efforts. Though not always successful we have gained a world of knowledge around the political process and the dynamics of influencing decision makers. Our success in this area has made our group a sought after resource for youth engagement and youth consultation.

Funding and Program Partners

The South Etobicoke Youth Assembly is generously supported by the Laidlaw Foundation, the Trillium Foundation and other community donors.

Program Impact

75 youth every year are engaged in arts and culture, civic engagement, leadership development and capacity building. 95 percent of the youth report that the programme builds skills, knowledge, hope, self esteem and provides a place to belong. Every year several youth find their passion and build their futures by learning more through volunteering, fundraising, special event planning, workshops, post secondary education, or training. (i.e. photography, graphic design, fashion, social work, child and youth work and business.) The youth led activities foster a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction through skills gained and knowledge, along with the solid friendships that last well beyond their youth.

Toronto's Vital Signs® indicator(s) addressed by Program

"9% of boys and only 4% of girls are meeting the new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, according to the 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey."  (Toronto's Vital Signs®, 2009)

"In 2010, the youth unemployment rate in the Toronto Region was 22.3% above the national average." (Toronto's Vital Signs®, 2009)

SEYA programming provides youth participants with active programs, healthy snacks leading to healthier lifestyles.

Participant Vignette

A young girl became very active in her grade 10 year at school with SEYA. She is a lifelong community resident and a popular young girl. After becoming a SEYA lead she quickly became dependable for her strong personality and leadership in general. After becoming pregnant she relied very heavily on the support through SEYA and at LAMP. She continued to participate and be active in the organization throughout her pregnancy and is now also a young mother. She has managed to balance her new life as a mom out with her participation with us and as a result has been able to maintain her focus on herself, her future and her new responsibility. Recently she lead a workshop on Teen preganancy and shared her experiences with a group of 50 of her peers. She is a great young woman with a bright future who may otherwise be lost and struggling.She was seen at the Christmas party playing teen musical chairs, a snapshot of the childhood she is still living as a teen mom..SEYA supports her to be a happy, playful youth as well as a mom.

What You Can Do

Street Level

Activities a donation will support

Financial support will enable us to:

  • Purchase new kitchen supplies or appliances for our cooking and snack programs or new computers and software for our educational health promotion and academic support programs.
  • Be able to provide some nutritional meals and snacks for approximately 60 children and youth for  $150 per week.
  • Fund Educational Field Trips and Leadership Activities such as Camping Leadership week and Youth Led Community Special Events.
  • Be able to provide 3 hours of supervised programming in a safe environment for about 30 youth for $120.

Donation impact

Grants to this program will increase our ability to:

  • Build children and youths' life skills (ex. cooking, anger management and study skills) and increase their self esteem.
  • Strengthen and expand children and youth's support system to assist them in coping with difficult situations in their lives. 
  • Provide a safe, supervised and accessible environment for children and youth to learn and play.
  • Supplement children and youths’ nutritional food consumption and provide health promoting activities (ex. Physical recreation activities) to support them in living healthier lives.
  • Expand children and youths’ capacity to take leadership roles in their community.

Brighter Futures Home Visiting and Parent Relief Programme

Activities a donation will support

$20,000 - 520 additional days of parent relief; $1500.00 - mileage for one year for a home visitor; $4000 - healthy snacks and a nutritious meal for 1500 days of parent relief annually;

Donation impact

The parent relief and home visiting programs are very successful at early identification of children with special needs. They are able to access referrals for services the children require early enough to ensure enhanced readiness for school. When children arrive at school with the necessary skills they need to be successful they are on a trajectory for life. Enhanced parenting capacity builds confidence and strengthens healthy bonds within a family that support all family members for life. Healthy families equal healthy communities.

South Etobicoke Youth Assembly

Activities a donation will support

10 thousand dollars will provide a leadership retreat for 30 youth. 10 thousand dollars will provide a peer leader with a weekly job for one year. 20 thousand dollars will provide a part time volunteer youth support worker with a job for one year. 1,000 dollars will provide healthy food and snacks for the SEYA programme for one month. 15 thousand dollars will provide a recreation programme one day a week for 10 months. (dance/photography/sports etc.) 15 thousand dollars will fund a youth talent showcase including venue, special effects, art design, marketing and mentoring

Donation impact

75 youth increase their skills and knowledge of resources every year. All participants increase their potential and capacity for personal development .35 percent of these youth will take on new/different types of community related responsibility and become civically engaged. Youth learn how to voice their community concerns and how to direct their issues through proper channels for improvements. 75 percent of the youth become active members in other groups organizations after SEYA. 80 percent of the participants each year increase their awareness of learning/training/educational opportunities. All members participate in decisions regarding planning and delivery of activities/programs/services increasing their confidence to lead.

Contact

Russ Ford
Executive Director
416.252.6471 x225
Charitable Number: 119002996RR0001

Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 95,000,000

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