Newcomer Settlement Services

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SLNRC Newcomer Settlement Services staff help newcomers make informed settlement decisions and understand life in Canada.

Our Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) assist newcomer students and their families to settle in their schools and the community while Settlement Workers at Jalna Branch Library (LSP) provide newcomer library clients with information & referral library and community resources. In addition, Youth and Adult Community Connectors help newcomers establish professional and social networks so they are engaged and feel welcomed in their communities.

Our Services
Our Services are free of charge in addition to free access to fax, phone, internet and photocopying. We also provide occasional childminding. To help you communicate and cope with day-to-day life in the community, our staff and volunteers speak many languages.

How to reach us
Drop in:
1119 Jalna Blvd. London, ON N6E 3B3 (Main Site)

Suite 202, Westmount Shopping Centre, 785 Wonderland Road South N6K 1M6 (Westmount)

519 686 8600 ext 7580 (Jalna location)

519-472-5502 (Westmount location)

Settlement Office Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am – 7:00pm

Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Arts and Crafts

Join our Arts & Crafts Workshop Learn something new every week. DIYs: Sewing/Jars/ Wreaths/ Can-dles/Organizers/Dried Flower Art/ and Much More! Sessions are available to Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees.

For:All ages When:Fridays Time:11:00am - 1:00pm Cost:Free
SNAPCHAT- Yazidi youth support group

The aim of the program is to connect the Yazidi youth to community and build social skills. The program delivers mental health and social skills related sessions to the youth and have different activities each week, to keep all the youth engaged. For more information, please contact Melbin James, Settlement Support Worker at

For:11-18 years old When:Wednesdays Time:3:00-4:30 pm Cost:Free
promising futures (yazidi-focused program)

Yazidi children’s Trauma informed skill development program. An attempt to help the children understand their emotions and to learn emotional regulation. Children will practice breathing exercises, practice mandala coloring and have fun, yet meaningful activities. For more information, please contact Melbin James, Settlement Support Worker at

For:7-10 years old When:Mondays Time:3:30-4:30 pm Cost:Free
Women empowered (yazidi-focused program)

This is a Community Wellness Program for Yazidi women in Partnership with CMHA. The aim is to deliver mental health, leadership and life-skills related topics and activities in way the participants can relate to. For more information, please contact Melbin James, Settlement Support Worker at

For:Adults When:Thursdays Time:1:00-3:00 pm Cost:Free
introduction to Computer (Yazidi-focused program)

This program aims to teach basic technology skills to the participants. They have a chance to learn how to turn on computers, WiFi, create and check emails. For more information, please contact Melbin James, Settlement Support Worker at

For:Adults When:Wednesdays Time:1:00-3:00 pm Cost:Free
Fitness First (Yoga) (yazidi-focused program)

Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is delivered by Ms. Susan Mcphail, former director of CMHA. These sessions focus on breathing techniques and encourages women to reflect on mind-body connection. For more information, please contact Melbin James, Settlement Support Worker at

For:Adults When:Tuesdays Time:2:00-3:00 pm Cost:Free
English for Daily Life (Yazidi-focused program)

Informal Adult English language development. The participants have an opportunity to practice vocabulary and conversations related to everyday contexts. For more information, please contact Melbin James, Settlement Support Worker at

For:Adults When:Mondays & Fridays Time:1:00-3:00 pm Cost:Free
Canada Connects

Newcomers (Permanent Residents and Protected Persons) are able to improve their language and life skills, cultivate a sense of belonging, and enhance their networks by making local connections. Programs offered through Canada Connects: 1. One-on-one and family matching. Personal exchanges between newcomer(s) and community volunteers based on needs, interests, and goals. Make connections with people in your community and build meaningful relationships through frequent meetings with your match volunteer. Increase your communication skills and understanding of Canada. . If you are a newcomer interested in an online match, please contact us for more information. 2. English Conversation Circles. Informal language learning to practice and improve English conversational skills. Registration is required. Register by phone or e-mail or contact us to learn more about the schedule. Contact: Wonder Hiadzi Phone: 226-977-8640 e-mail:

Information and Orientation

Settlement Counsellors provide formal identification of client needs and connect them and their family to available supports and guide them to make informed settlement decisions. One-on-one, family and group information sessions are organized to enhance the integration of newcomers in the society. See calendar above and call to register.

Library Settlement Partnership (LSP)

Library Settlement Workers at Jalna Branch Public Library (same building as SLNRC) meet with clients to assess their needs and set individual priorities. Provide library tours with library staff as well as group information sessions including Citizenship Information Sessions to prepare newcomers for citizenship tests (Childminding is offered for parents with children).

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

In partnership with The London District Catholic School Board (LDCSB) and The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) and the Settlement Workers at schools assist newcomer students and their families to settle into their schools and community. Please call our SWIS Supervisor Michelle Barkley at 519-686-8600 ext. 7385 for details about your specific school hours and staffing.

Community Connections - Friendly Circle

If you are an adult newcomer permanent resident orprotected person, join our Friendly Circle today to: - Improve your speaking skills - Role-play real life situations - Practice conversation skills - Learn information about everyday life - Share hobbies and interests

For:Adults When:Tuesdays (Westmount) and Wednesdays (Main Site) Time:12:00-1:30pm (Westmount); 5:00-6:30pm (Main Site)