Social & Wellness Programs

At The Alex, we care about you. Whether you’re looking for social support, physical activity, mental health, substance use, living skills or food and nutrition, we can help! Build connections by joining one of our many groups or join us for breakfast or lunch!

Join us for breakfast every Tuesday at 9:30am-11:30am and for lunch every Thursday at 11am-1pm.

What we offer

  • Social Support
  • Physical Activity
  • Mental Health Support
  • Substance Use Support
  • Living Skills
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Social Work
  • Peer Support
  • Justice Navigation
  • Tax Clinic

Social & Wellness Programs

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Anyone ages 18 and up

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By appointment and/or drop-in

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#102 2840 2 Ave SE (Blue Line LRT to Franklin Station)

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403-520-2260

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registration@thealex.ca

Program & Activity Details

*Note: Certain programs require a Wellness Prescription. Wellness Prescriptions are social and wellness programs recommended by your physician based on your needs and interests. These prescriptions can only be provided by Alex Community Health Clinic providers. Please see your Alex Provider for one.

Food & Nutrition

Community Meals

The Community Meals program is a community kitchen initiative run at The Alex’s Community Health Centre (CHC) that provides various meals and snacks for the community. No registration required! You can go straight to the kitchen, take a seat, and wait for us to serve you!

FoodFit

FoodFit, participants make healthy lifestyle changes by learning about nutrition, gentle movement, and how cook nutritious recipes.

Register by clicking here.

Fresh Produce Market

Catering to the local community, The Alex Fresh Produce Market is a low-cost fruit and vegetable market. 

(Coming Spring 2023)

Mental Wellness

Elder in Residence

Every Monday and Wednesday an Indigenous Elder will be available for teaching, smudge, and stories. Elders will vary each day. Please reach out to our Community Wellness Coordinator (registration@thealex.ca) if you would like to know which Elder is in on what date.

RePair (DBT Skills for Mental Health)*

A Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills group, RePair helps participants manage emotions that negatively affect you. Wellness Prescription required.

Register by clicking here.

Improv for Wellbeing

Improv for Wellbeing uses improvised theatre preferences to improve wellness, focusing particularly on anxiety management and personal growth. Register by clicking here

(Coming March 2023)

* requires a wellness prescription.

Substance Use Support

SMART Recovery®

SMART Recovery® is a recovery program offering support meetings, skill learning, and techniques from scientifically based treatments to help participants overcome addiction.

Coming in April. Register by clicking here

Monthly Drug Munch!

The Monthly Drug Munch is an interactive presentation and workshop series focusing on harm reduction. We cover topics from substance use and safer supplies, to safer sex practice. Delicious food is also served!

Coming in April. Register by clicking here.

Living Skills

PEP (Pre-Employment Program)

PEP provides learning and training options for participants interested in working, volunteering, or seeking further education. Our services include: communication and interview skills training; relationship management training; self-discovery and strength-finding; money management training; basic and intermediate computer courses; one-on-one coaching; resume building; and, workplace opportunities. Email pep@thealex.ca for more information.

Write On!

Write On! is designed to help with reading and writing skills training for adult Alex community members.

Contact registration@thealex.ca for more information regarding requirements for this program.

Financial Empowerment

Financial Empowerment programming provides participants –with money management education. The topics we cover include assets, budgeting, banking, credit, and consumerism. 

Contact registration@thealex.ca to connect with a staff member for Financial Empowerment!

Social Support

Queer Connections

Queer Connections is a social group for all Alex community members who identify as queer. This group has a various activities ranging from queer discussion, to playing games, to finding your drag persona! Register by clicking here

Beading Workshop

In our Beading Workshop, you can learn how to use beads to create Indigenous flat-stitch beadwork art while connecting with other Indigenous people and traditions.  Register by clicking here

Communication Cafe

The seniors’ social group consists of weekly meetings with various topics of particular interest to seniors. Register by clicking here.

Drop-In Art

Drop-in Art is a group for people to work on any sort of art project. All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies are provided. Register by clicking here.

Indigenous Cafe

In the Indigenous Cafe, the Community Kitchen cooks an Indigenous-themed meal with traditional foods. Learn about the food as a land acknowledgement, smudge, and opening words are shared with community members and staff.

No registration required! You can go straight to the kitchen, take a seat, and wait for us to serve you!

Join us on the last Thursday of the month during lunch (11am-1pm)

Traditional Plant Program

With a focus on land-based teachings, the Traditional Plant Program helps its participants build a relationship with the land and applies that knowledge to make all-natural products for helping around the home.

Register by clicking here

Social Up Front

Social Work

Our Social Workers work towards mitigating socio-economic barriers to improve the overall physical and social wellness of our community.  Services are client-centered, strength based, and delivered through a harm reduction lens. For more information, please contact: info@thealex.ca

Peer Support

Peer support uses lived experience to support Alex community members in areas such as substance use, housing and food insecurity, and mental health. For more information, please contact: info@thealex.ca.

Tax Clinic

.Running from February to April, the Tax Clinic gives Alex community members the chance to get their taxes done for free. For more information, please contact: taxes@thealex.ca

(Coming February 28!)