Self Help Clearinghouse
Our mission is to improve the health and well being of persons with disabilities by promoting the concept, benefits, and use of self-help. Self-help is rooted in the idea that people who share a disability or chronic condition have something to offer each other that cannot be provided by professionals. Self-help groups are small, autonomous and open groups that meet regularly to allow members to share experiences, resources and coping mechanisms and, on occasion come together for social change.
Our main purpose is to support a network of independent Manitoban self-help organizations which in turn provide services to people with disabilities. They are able to draw upon each other’s strengths and develop new approaches to common challenges by pooling their knowledge, ideas, and experience.
We provide a package of administrative and consultative services to multiple self-help independent, incorporated non-profit organizations in the same physical location. Using economies of scale and the benefit of collaboration, these organizations reduce their operating costs, learn from each other and develop their capacity as organizations within this network.
Physical site services:
- Affordable rent in a fully accessible building adjacent to HSC
- Meeting rooms with security after hours along with a scheduling service
- Audiovisual equipment available
- Shared office equipment
- Shared reception services and a common area
- Postage service
- Free evening parking
- Office cleaning, recycling
- Access to a kitchen for programs and social events
- Information and referral services
- Benefits of a network and facilitation by Clearinghouse staff
- A monthly calendar of network events
- Reduced training costs
- Discounted office supplies
- Shared communications tools such as PSA list, co-promotion opportunities
- Collaborative problem solving
- Joint participation in conference displays
- Access to SMD volunteer services
- Assistance with fundraising/grant applications
- Training and advice on governance/by-laws
- Strategic planning and priority setting
- General operations consultation
- Tax and financial advice
- Assistance with event planning and logistics
- Joint problem solving
These self-help organizations are in turn helping the community of people living with disabilities and chronic disease. The combined membership of these participating organizations exceeds 2,200. Along with these active members, their caregivers and families are also supported all across the province of Manitoba.
Asperger Manitoba Inc. (AMI) grew out of a parent support group for parents of adults with Asperger's Syndrome in response to the need for understanding and ongoing support for Asperger adults to live and work within society. Today, the group aims to increase public awareness of Asperger's Syndrome and to work toward improving the quality and level of services available to persons with AS. Please call 204-975-3037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Autism Society Manitoba (ASM) is an organization formed in the early 1970s by a group of parents of autistic children, getting together for support and information sharing. Today, ASM offers assistance to families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the areas of social skills groups, family events, peer support, and adult advisory groups. Please call 204-783-9563 or email email@example.com for more info.
The Canadian Celiac Association is the national voice for people who are adversely affected by gluten and is dedicated to improving diagnosis and quality of life. The vision of the organization is, "The Gluten Problem: Found, Treated, Cured" and provides support to people with Celiac in the south-eastern and northern parts of the province including the city of Winnipeg and the surrounding area. Please call 204-772-6979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is a non-profit, self-help consumer advocate organization run by and for persons who are hard of hearing. The mission of CHHA Manitoba Chapter is to raise public awareness concerning issues that relate to hearing loss, to ensure that clients with hearing loss understand how to have their needs met, and to promote their integration and full participation in Canadian society. Please call 204-975-3037 or email email@example.com for more info.
The Council of Women of Winnipeg is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian network of organizations and individuals of diverse interests networking to pursue work of common interest where the stability of the family and the welfare of the community are concerned. Please call 204-997-9632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Fibromyalgia Support Group of Winnipeg sponsors and promotes educational programs and services to all persons with Fibromyalgia, their families and friends, physicians and health care professionals and the general public. It also promotes and sponsors scientific and clinical research as to the causes, treatments, and cure of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Please call 204-975-3037 or email email@example.com for more info.
The mission of Friends of Dyslexia Inc. is to assist people and enhance their ability to overcome challenges through financial support for assessment, tutoring, and technologies. Please call 204-898-6845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Huntington Society of Canada offers professional support services to individuals and families living with Huntington disease (HD), education and support to health and social service professionals who care for individuals with HD, and funding for research to delay or stop the progression of the disease. Volunteers of the Huntington Society of Canada, Manitoba Chapter provide advocacy, informal support, fundraising and awareness activities. Please call 204-772-4617 or email email@example.com for more info.
The Manitoba Brain Injury Association helps individuals and families affected by brain injury to cope by offering support, education, and advocacy. We also work to prevent brain injuries through public awareness initiatives and educational programming. Please call 204-975-3280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Manitoba Down Syndrome Society provides support, information, and opportunities to individuals with Down syndrome at all stages of life for parents, professionals and other interested persons. Please call 204-992-2731 or email email@example.com for more info.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadians living with neuromuscular disorders and funding leading research for the discovery of therapies and cures for neuromuscular disorders. Please call 1-800-567-2873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Post-Polio Network Manitoba is an organization that serves as a support group and information centre for polio survivors throughout Manitoba, especially those suffering from Post-Polio Syndrome. It works to acquaint the medical community and those responsible for government services as to the nature and extent of the problems associated with the late effects of polio. The membership includes polio survivors, their families, and health care professionals. Please call 204-975-3037 or email email@example.com for more info.
The Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba Inc. (PCWM) is a federation of organizations and individuals who act in the public interest for the well being of individuals, families, and communities. Through advocacy, education, and research the PCWM promotes laws and programs that advance gender equality, environmental sustainability, human rights, peace and democracy. Please call 204-992-2751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Winnipeg Ostomy Association Inc. (WOA) is affiliated with the United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. (UOAC) and is a volunteer-based health organization dedicated to assisting people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary tract diversions by providing emotional support, instructional and information services, support to the family unit and by promoting the services of the organization to public and professional communities. Please call 204-237-2022 or email email@example.com for more info.
Level IT Up is a social enterprise dedicated to increasing the employment of Manitobans with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Their goal is to provide a pool of trained and skilled personnel to companies within the information and communication technology sector of Winnipeg. Level IT Up conducts an assessment and training program for candidates before being placed in the work environment. Through the assessment process, candidates learn employment and life skills. Once in the workplace, employers and candidates are offered continued job support and mentorship. The process is based on Meticulon, a proven model in Calgary, Alberta. Level IT Up is also part of Neurowrx, an alliance of businesses and organizations from around the world to advance the employment of people with ASD in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Please call 204-807-7295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Lung Association, Manitoba is a charity promoting healthy breathing for all Manitobans. This is important as one in five Manitobans live with a breathing health issue and five out of five have lungs. Our work for healthy breathing and support for people living with lung health issues falls into three categories: advocacy, education, and supporting research. A few of our programs include:
- Online and mail-out healthy breathing resources
- Toll-free phone support from a Certified Respiratory Educator
- Smoking cessation and prevention programs (including vaping) such as ManitobaQuits and Lungs are for Life
- Lung transplant support group
- Home radon info and access to home testing kits
- Studentship for researcher training in Manitoba and contributions to the national research program
We are also a partner of the Canadian Lung Association
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Become a Participating Organization
Eligible organizations must be an incorporated non-profit organization or a chapter or resource centre of an incorporated non-profit organization, serve people with medical or disability-based concerns and serve one or more of these primary functions:
- Providing social support
- Sharing information and educating
- Forming of a positive identity
- Creating a sense of affiliation and community
- Facilitating personal growth and transformation
- Advocacy and collective empowerment
- Mutual aid and self-sufficiency
- Encouraging participation in the areas of giving help, getting help or learning to help oneself
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Available Office Space
We are located at 825 Sherbrook St and have affordable, accessible office space available. Daytime and evening meeting room space is also available for rent including:
- Multi-purpose rooms
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