Circles Sudbury and Circles Leader Training

What is Circles Sudbury?

Circles Sudbury focuses on building relationships between people from all income levels to help individuals and families living in low income. Circles Sudbury creates intentional relationships between “Circles Leaders” (participants living in low income) and “Circles Allies” (community volunteers who serve as their allies).

Circles Sudbury focuses on supporting individuals and their families as they work through their action plan for future economic sustainability. Each Leader is matched with one to two volunteers who serve as Allies throughout the program and provide friendship, coaching, practical and emotional support. Circles Sudbury staff help connect participants to resources and community supports.

Our first Circles Sudbury video features experiences of a participant (Leader) and a volunteer (Ally) in the program.

Our second Circles Sudbury video features the stories and hopes of participants connected with the Circles Sudbury initiative.

Read about our Greater Sudbury Poverty Challenge, where Sudbury leaders from various sectors rolled up their sleeves and learned firsthand the realities of living in poverty.

The Circles Initiative Progress Report provides an overview and progress to date of the Circles Initiative, which was launched in 2017 following receipt of one of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund grants. Learn more about the implementation and evaluation of the three linked programs connected with Circles Sudbury.

How does the Circles Sudbury program work?

Participants and their families attend Circles Sudbury program sessions three times per month (the first, second, and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.). Transportation and onsite childminding are provided. Participants need to commit to staying in the program for at least 18 months or until they achieve economic sustainability.

To register for Circles Sudbury, please contact us at ext. 771 or toll-free at 1.866.522.9200 or email

How can I benefit as a Circles Leader?

As a Circles Leader you will:

How can I become a Circles Leader?

Each participant must complete the free Circles Leader Training program before joining Circles Sudbury.

What is Circles Leader Training?

Circles Leader Training is a short training program offered at partner sites where participants map-out a self-sufficient future by brainstorming steps and goals along the way to help them to go from surviving to thriving. In Circles Leader Training, participants learn more about:

Participants are supported throughout the program while they work to develop a personal action plan to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

To register for an upcoming Circles Leader Training session or for more information please contact us at 705.522.9200, ext. 771 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200) or email

Volunteer to be a Circles Ally

Everyone has the right to realize their potential and everyone has the ability to create change in their community.

We are looking for volunteers to become Circles Allies. Volunteers are crucial to the success of this program, designed to help support individuals as they move from poverty into financial stability. Circles Allies offer friendship, coaching, emotional and practical support for Circles Leaders moving forward with their plans to achieve economic sufficiency.

Circles Allies need to commit to at least two dinner meetings per month for a period of 18 months. Circles Allies are also required to attend a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop.

Fill out a volunteer application here.

Fighting Stigma and Finding Support

Read about our event Fighting Stigma and Finding Support. The event was held to raise public awareness about the stigma and discrimination faced by individuals with mental health conditions, and the importance of social supports. The event also shared real life stories and challenges of accessing mental health supports, securing affordable housing, and living in low income in our community from the voices of those most affected.

This item was last modified on November 12, 2020