A safer space for 2SLGBTQ+ youth
in South Scarborough*
* traditional territories of Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee), Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississauga, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo peoples
WHO WE ARE
Toby's Place is a weekly drop-in program for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, folks questioning their gender and/or sexuality, and friends and allies, 29 years old and under.
When: Every Monday (except holidays) from 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: 33 East Road (Kingston and Warden, Birchcliff Bluffs United Church in Scarborough)
What: Dinner, activities/workshops, and discussions!
Cost: Free! TTC tokens are provided.
If you are experiencing mental health difficulties and need emotional support, please contact LGBT YouthLine or the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact 911.
If you are experiencing food insecurity, we'll get back to you as soon as possible or contact Scarborough Food Security Initiative for resources in Scarborough.
Each week we provide snacks and dinner, always with vegetarian options, and often with mashed potatoes and garlic bread!
WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES
Everything from crafts (eg. collages, flower crowns), to workshops (such as self-care, salsa dancing, and healthy relationships), and activities (like make your own smoothies or cupcakes)!
A SAFE(R) SPACE
Our space has books, board games, arts and craft supplies, a ping pong table, clothing boutique, and shower facilities!
Toby's Place began in September 2017 in the basement of Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, an Affirming congregation. We are named in memory of Toby Dancer. Toby's Place is one of the few places in Scarborough that is a safe(r) space for queer and trans youth and their friends. We are open to folks from all and no faith/ spiritual backgrounds. Funding provided by the New Ministries Fund of The United Church of Canada Foundation, The ‘We’re Funny That Way’ Foundation, the City of Toronto (INI grant), an annual comedy night fundraiser, + community donations. Contact us to learn more and to get involved!
You Can Make a Difference
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Show Your Support
Looking to get involved? Volunteer with us! Support our Monday drop-in programming with cooking, weekly activities, fundraising, outreach, and more! Contact us for more info. We can also provide high school volunteer hours!
MAKE A DONATION
Make A True Change
Help us continue to grow and thrive by donating today! Your donations help us provide snacks and meals, TTC tokens, arts and crafts supplies, books, workshop materials, toiletries and so much more to the young people who come to Toby's Place each Monday. We also have a wish list of items we would love to receive. We are grateful for your support! When donating, be sure to select 'Toby's Place' as the fund.