Healthy Children, Youth & Families
At WCHC children, youth and their families are very important to us. We have a number of programs to support families to live healthy and happy lives.
HUGS: Health, Understanding, Growth and Sharing
Being a parent to small children can feel isolating, especially in the rural area.Â And there is so much conflicting information online telling parents what they’re doing wrong – and sometimes right. It’s easy to feel lonely and confused.
HUGS is a place where real social connection and quality health and parenting information can be found. It’s a place for moms and children to connect with each other and with qualified health professionals. At each session you can have your questions answered by our Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Registered Dietitian and Rural Health Worker. The sessions are planned by volunteer parents so you know they’re relevant to you.
Currently the program is offered monthly in Wellesley and twice monthly in St Jacobs. All parents with children 0 to 6 years old are welcome!
First Foods for Babies
At six months old your baby is ready for solid foods – this is a big transition for babies – and for parents!Â How do you do it well? What are the right foods?Â Can I make my own without spending all my time in the kitchen?
If your baby is approaching the 6 month mark – join us for First Foods for Babies. This class is led by our Registered Dietitian who specializes in feeding children. In the class we talk about how to get off to the best start with feeding new foods, what foods will keep your baby healthy and simple ways to make your own baby food.Â There’s even a cooking demonstration. Have all your questions answered!
The class is free and offered every 3 months.
Wellesley Youth Advisory Council
If youâ€™re between the ages of 12 and 19, consider joining the Wellesley Youth Advisory Council (WYAC). Weâ€™re a group of hardworking, compassionate and engaged youth who are dedicated to making a difference in Wellesley Township.
We meet regularly to brainstorm ideas and plan events in Wellesley Township. Together we learn leadership skills to develop partnerships and activities in our community and have lots of fun. Plus, youâ€™ll be able to get your high school volunteer hours!
If you are interested, please call 519-656-9025 ext: 224
Jr. Wellesley Youth Advisory Council
Have you heard about the Wellesley Youth Advisory Council? Do you think you are too young to join in? Fortunately, a new Jr. Wellesley Youth Advisory Council is being formed and we are looking for those in grade 6 – 8!
We will be looking to build leadership and social skills, strengthen an individual’s resiliency, and promote positive mental and physical health. We will also help the Wellesley Youth Advisory Council run some of the events that they lead throughout the year!
If you are interested, please call 519-656-9025 ext: 222
Gesundheit Fur Kinder
For over 20 years WCHC has been providing a specialized and supportive program for mothers and children from Low German-speaking Mennonite from Mexico families. It is a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The weekly drop-in is a place for Low German mothers to connect with one another and learn about living a healthy life in Canada.
For more information about this program please call the GFK Program Co-ordinator 519-664-3794 ext 231
We are Baby-Friendly Initiative Designated!
Families coming to WCHC can know they are getting the highest standard in infant feeding care. In 2017 WCHC earned the prestigious, international designation from the Baby Friendly Initiative.