Skills for Self Advocacy Program

A 6 week program that will teach participants how to develop self advocacy skills and learn about resources. It is an opportunity to learn how to speak up on issues, become more assertive about personal rights, communicate more effectively within personal life and/or with agencies and more.



Feel Better, Live Fuller: Skills for Chronic Pain

Managing chronic pain to live a satisfying life can be a daily challenge. In this class we’ll explore tools to help manage pain & improve quality of life. These tools include:

  • Positive Coping Strategies
  • Tools for Relaxation
  • Movement & Pacing
  • Helpful Thinking Strategies
  • Achieving Goals & Increasing Hope


Preparing for 65

Join us for our free 6-week group to learn about resources and issues that are important to seniors with lower incomes. Various topics will be discussed including: health benefits and resources, income supports, employment and skills-upgrading, housing, transportation, recreation and volunteering.


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Breastfeeding Buddies provide breastfeeding support and information to new mothers in Waterloo Region through many free services such as the Me Breastfeed Workshop ( a prenatal class for moms and their partners/support person), the Baby & Me Breastfeeding Drop In program at the 3 Ontario Early Years Centres and One to One telephone breastfeeding support. ‘Buddies’ are trained peer volunteers with personal breastfeeding experience who help connect breastfeeding mothers to community resources, current breastfeeding information and other breastfeeding moms.

For more information please call 519 772-1016 or email

ME? BREASTFEED class schedule: workshop-schedule-2017-jan-june

NEW – Drop In

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Craving Change

A Group for Learning How to Change Your Relationship With Food.

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Art Classes 

Weekly instruction in sketching and painting techniques as well as individual support. These classes are free and will run for 8 weeks.



Take Charge

This six-week workshop teaches people the skills they need to manage the physical and emotional challenges of living with chronic health conditions. Weekly workshops are facilitated by trained volunteers who have a chronic health condition or have a family member with a chronic health condition. Some topics included in the workshop are listed below.

  • Setting goals
  • Managing stress
  • Relaxation skills
  • Pain and fatigue management
  • Exercise skills
  • Better sleep
  • Better breathing
  • Communication skills
  • Medication usage
  • Dealing with depression
  • Positive thinking
  • Making healthier food choices
  • and much more!!


Stretch, Walk & Talk Group   

Walk for your health, for fun and to connect with new people. Join our Stretch, Walk & Talk Group. We meet at KDCHC every Thursday at 10am, rain or shine. No registration required. Everybody is welcome.

Stretch, Walk & Talk group – Summer 2017

Gardening Program

Come Learn, Share and Grow with us! The Gardening program brings together individuals interested in gardening and healthy living. It is an opportunity to learn about gardening in interactive ways, meet new people, get some fresh air, garden together and have fun.

Participants can choose to attend monthly gardening workshops, or  join in group gardening activities at the KDCHC demonstration garden, or do both. We provide gloves & tools to participate.


Tasting Tuesdays:

June 27 – Spinach           July 25 – String Beans

August 22 – Peppers         September 26 – Butternut Squash

Mindfulness for Wellbeing

Mindfulness is the “awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to things as they are.” In this 8-week ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’ class, we will practice strategies such a sitting meditation, body scan meditation, and ways to respond more skillfully to negative moods. We will also practice these strategies at home daily during the program. This program is designed for people in recovery from depression. It is also helpful for people who experience anxiety, stress, or other persistent, unwanted moods. Currently no class is being offered. Watch our website closer to spring 2018 for next class dates.


Come learn the relaxing skill of diaphragmatic breathing. In the 4 breathing classes you will learn the many benefits of diaphragmatic breathing and receive instruction on how to breathe deeply. These classes can help those who may have anxiety, high blood pressure, sleep challenges, trauma or those who want to learn the art or relaxation! We practice every class, so come get relaxed with us! Currently no classes, check back in January 2017.

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Learn to knit for beginners. All materials will be provided. Participants will be matched with a volunteer knitter.



Eat Well Spend Less 

This program is for individuals living on a low income, who may experience emotional and social isolation, who would like to increase their knowledge about how to make healthy food and nutrition choices on a budget. Community members lead the groups offering provide support to the group through training and life experiences.

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Diabetes Program

The Diabetes Program offers diabetes education and support via one-on-one sessions and group workshops. Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians are both available to provide the support for a healthy lifestyle.

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Outreach Services

Clinical team and/or community health workers work with partner community agencies to offer support for people who may find it difficult to access programs and services at the health centre and in the community. The team may offer a range of services including foot care, general health care and I.D.application and replacement.

ID Clinic

The clinic provides assistance to obtain health ID including: OHIP card, birth certificate or Record of Landing. For individuals experiencing homelessness, KDCHC can register individuals for OHIP without address information. ID Clinic services are available at Mary’s Place and St. John’s Kitchen, or by appointment.