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Underdogs Boxing Club and Shape Your Life - Niagara are fortunate and extremely grateful to be able to work closely with Shape Your Life to learn best practices for offering the program locally.

Underdogs Boxing Club and Shape Your Life - Niagara are fortunate and extremely grateful to be able to work closely with Shape Your Life to learn best practices for offering the program locally.

Shape Your Life - Niagara

Working with YWCA Niagara Region and through the generosity of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Underdogs Boxing Club will be the home of Shape Your Life Niagara. For ten years, Shape Your Life has been helping self-identified women survivors of violence in Toronto work through their experiences by helping participants reclaim control of their bodies and reconnect their bodies & minds. This will be the first local iteration of the program. 

As the program grows, we will adapt it to local needs, whilst maintaining the trauma-informed care and practice techniques that have proven successful in delivering improvements in the physical, social, and emotional well-being of Shape Your Life participants.

As Underdogs grows, we are looking forward to adapting the Shape Your Life model to help other populations living with the effects of violence including self-identified men, youth, veterans, frontline workers, and first responders. 

Shape Your Life - Niagara Schedule - 2017-2018

All Shape Your Life - Niagara classes will run weekly on Sunday afternoons. Classes will begin at 2:45 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

The schedule for 2017-2018 is as follows:

  • Session One: October 29 through December 17 - 8 weeks
  • Session Two: March 18 through May 6 - 8 weeks
  • Session Three: June 10 through August 26 - 12 weeks

If you need to use St. Catharines Transit to travel to and from Underdogs Boxing Club, please visit the Classes page to review the transit schedule.

The last general membership class at Underdogs currently ends at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. If you would prefer not to be in the space when general members are present (it's a youth open gym class, so parents will likely be present to pick up youth members), please do not arrive to Underdogs until 2:30 p.m.

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How to register for Shape Your Life - Niagara

If you are a survivor of violence - single event or multiple events, no matter how far in the past - you are eligible to participate in the Shape Your Life program.

We will have boxing gloves for you to borrow, and we'll provide you with your own set of hand wraps to keep, as well as providing transit passes and childcare funds, if necessary (please note that funds are limited).

Space is limited, so we ask that you review the Shape Your Life - Niagara Schedule - 2017-2018 and ensure that your own schedule allows for you to attend each of the classes in whichever Session you sign up for.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail Laura (laura@underdogsboxing.org) with the following information:

  • name;
  • best/preferred contact information (phone, e-mail);
  • in which Session(s) you are able to participate (in case we are oversubscribed for a Session);
  • confirmation that your schedule allows you to participate in each of the classes in the scheduled Session(s) for which you indicated a preference;
  • if you require transit passes; and
  • if you require funds for childcare.

 

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Canadian Mental Health Association
CMHA Niagara offers a variety of programs and services that assist individuals, 16 tears of age or older, with reaching their short- and long-term mental health goals
Telephone: 905-641-5222
E-mail: info@cmhaniagara.ca

Coast Niagara
Services for people in the Niagara region who are in crisis and have a mental health concern
24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Crisis Line: 1-866-550-5205

Design for a New Tomorrow
Counselling for adults in abusive relationships
Women's Services Telephone: 905-684-1223, Ext. 1
Men's Services Telephone: 905-684-7713
E-mail: dfnt@dfnt.ca

Gillian's Place
Support for abused women and people who care about them
Business Line: 905-684-4000
Support Line: 905-684-8331 (24-hour line; call or text)

Kids Help Phone
Free, professional counselling
Available online or by phone
Anonymous and confidential
1-800-668-6868

Niagara Health System Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Program
With your consent, a specialized team of nurses offer the following choices:
- emotional care
- medical treatment for injuries, STIs, pregnancy prevention
- evidence collection
- risk assessment and safety planning
- information about treatment and community services
- counselling
- legal involvement
- follow up plan of care
Telephone: 905-378-4647, Ext. 45000

Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre
A non-profit agency that responds to the needs of survivors of sexual violence
Business Line: 905-682-7258
24-hour Crisis and Support Line: 905-682-4584
E-mail: carsa@sexualassaultniagara.org

Niagara Region Sexual Health Program
Telephone: 905-688-3817 or 1-800-263-5757

Pathstone Mental Health
Mental wellness for all children, youth, and families
Telephone: 905-688-6850
Service Referral: 905-684-3407 (Contact Niagara)
24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Crisis Line: 1-800-263-4944

Quest Community Health Centre
Providing primary health care services to individuals experiencing social, economic, and cultural barriers while promoting wellness, community, and social justice
Telephone: 905-688-2558

YWCA Niagara Region
Emergency shelters, transitional housing, skills development programming, Women's Addiction Recovery Mediation (WARM), Sex Trade on My Terms (STOMT)
Telephone: 905-988-3528