Our Programs

Our Programs


We offer a variety of free programs to help the bodies, hearts and minds of those that need it the most. Through partnerships with other community-based organizations and a dedicated team of volunteers, the Waterloo Wayside Centre is able to host and foster grass-roots programs that address real needs within the community.



Wayside offers space and programming for community youth. As well, Wayside volunteers work with local school tutoring programs to promote math skills.

Math Tutoring at MacGregor

Math Tutoring at MacGregor

Focused on supporting local youth, Wayside recruits and co-ordinates volunteers for the MacGregor Senior Public School Math Tutoring program.  Through one-on-one tutoring experiences with volunteers from local high schools, universities and technology companies, these young minds are not only learning math skills but developing confidence through the support and encouragement of their mentors.

Mondays at Emmanuel United Church and
Thursdays at MacGregor Senior Public School
3:00pm - 4:00pm



A vibrant and growing senior community has formed around a variety of free programs including Chair Yoga and Music Care.

Senior Chair Yoga

Seniors Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga still allows the participant to enjoy all same great benefits of yoga - relaxing, rejuvenating and re-energizing through various yoga poses that allow you to stretch, and strengthen. As with all yoga classes Chair Yoga will help people develop more self awareness, self regulation and self care.

Check-ins begin at 10:15am.

10:30am - 11:30am


Adopt-A-Grandparent Program

This program provides seniors with an opportunity to establish and
foster a relationship with an “adopted” grandchild by intentionally pairing them and then providing a variety of programs that will allow them to enjoy new experiences together.

The programs will focus on music, reading, yoga and technology over four 6-­week sessions.

First session in September/October of 2016



Wayside offers a number of programs that support those experiencing housing and income instability. Its clients include those who have experienced workplace injuries, addiction, physical and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

Bridgeport Café

Bridgeport Café

Started by The Working Centre in 2009 and hosted at Emmanuel, the Bridgeport Café is now entirely run by Wayside volunteers. The Café offers warmth, hot food and fellowship for a variety of people, including families that have recently arrived in Canada, retired or disabled persons coping with low incomes, those experiencing housing instabilty and those dealing with addiction.

Tuesday to Thursday
2:00pm  - 4:30pm

Medical Clinic

Medical Clinic

Staffed by retired and volunteer medical professionals, the clinic offers services guided by a policy of harm reduction. We are here to ensure clients receive effective and appropriate care and are treated with compassion and respect.  Drop-ins are available to everyone.

Every Other Tuesday
2:00pm - 4:30pm



We provide gently used clothing to those in need.  This program offers clothing including coats, jackets and footwear for women and men.  Maternity clothing is also available.  Organized and run by volunteers, Sharewear accepts gently used clothing and has retail partners that donate their end of line and returned merchandise.

Monday to Friday
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Food Bag Program

Food Bag Program

Working with the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Wayside volunteers offer a one-day supply of fresh and prepared foods that are nutritious and heart-healthy.

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Interested in getting involved?