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.


 

Youth

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

Math Tutoring at MacGregor

Song Writers Circle

The Song Writers Circle encourages kids to write poetry and song lyrics both independently and collaboratively. It inspires youth to express their inner ideas and feelings. The program is conducted by Jon Burkhart, a professional musician, and a Wilfrid Laurier University guitarist, who will guide the students in producing rhythm and music for their songs.

Thursdays (May - August 2018)
4:00pm - 5:00pm


 

Seniors

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.

Wednesdays
10:30am - 11:30am

Adopt-A-Grandparent

Adopt-A-Grandparent: Exploring Music

This Adopt-a-Grandparent program focuses on music and incorporates a variety of group and pair-based activities including instrument playing, singing, games, and relaxation songs. Emphasis on skills development and awareness are incorporated in each session.

Tuesdays (May - August 2018)
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Adopt-A-Grandparent

Music Care for Seniors

This group-based program aims to educate and help seniors use music care to address their specific physical and cognitive challenges through weekly sessions which include hands-on music listening, playing and singing. The program is directed by Jon Burkhart, a professional musician, and a Wilfrid Laurier University guitarist who will help seniors explore their musical tastes and identify how music impacts mood and emotions.

Thursday (May - August 2018)
10:30am - 11:30am


 

Marginalized

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

Sharewear

Sharewear

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.

Thursdays
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Food Bag Program

Individual Music Therapy

A Music Therapy Graduate Student Intern from Wilfrid Laurier University is available to conduct person-centred music therapy sessions that involve music listening, music making, song writing, and writing/drawing to music. There are no prerequisites for the program and individuals do not need to know how to play an instrument or sing.

Tuesday to Thursday (May - August 2018)
TBD (times based on availability)

Food Bag Program

Music and Wellness

The Music and Wellness Group provides a safe place to retreat and enjoy music in a supportive and inclusive environment. It is an opportunity to meet others who share an interest in music, to make music, or to simply enjoy the experience of listening. The program is open to everyone and no commitment is required.

Wednesdays (May - August 2018)
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Interested in getting involved?