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 – Update

Due to the social and physical distancing requirements of COVID-19, we will not be offering the HUGS programs at the Woolwich CommunityHealth Centre and the Wellesley Township Community Centre.

We realize that parents will have questions and concerns regarding their child’s development. Chris Tofflemire, Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, will be available to answer some of your non emergency questions about nutrition, child development, mental health and common illnesses via telephone.

Chris will be available every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 to speak with you. Please call the reception desk at the health centre 519-664-3794 and leave your telephone number. Chris will call you back.

Heidi Wagner, Community Health Worker and HUGS co-ordinator, can also be reach in this manner.

We look forward to hopefully resuming our regular HUGS programs in the New Year, dependant upon COVID restrictions at that time.

Healthy Smiles Ontario – Free Dental Screening

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a free dental program for eligible children and youth 17 and under. Good oral health is important to the overall health of children and youth. It’s very important to start seeing a dentist when your child is 12 months old and to keep going regularly. Healthy Smiles Ontario covers regular check-ups, preventive care, and treatment.

Why is oral health important? Cavities and gum disease can be painful and can lead to serious infections, affecting the growth of adult teeth. Pain can result in loss of sleep, affect a child’s ability to eat, and can also affect their ability to learn and attend school.

With Healthy Smiles Ontario, you can prevent oral health problems before they start. The screening ensures that all children in the family get that first visit, children may not have seen a dental care provider before. Babies can get cavities as soon as teeth appear, that is why it is important to have them screened by the time they turn one year old. This screening can help identify if your child needs emergency treatment and prevent decay. The Healthy Smiles Ontario program is designed for lower-income families in need of support. Healthy Smiles Ontario is a government funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.

This program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the cost of treatment including:

  • check-ups
  • cleaning
  • fillings (for a cavity)
  • x-rays
  • scaling
  • tooth extraction
  • urgent or emergency dental care (including treatment of a child’s toothache or tooth pain)

Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and braces, are not covered by the program.

Please contact us if your child needs this service and we can make the arrangement to get you into the program. Call 519-664-3794 ext. 223 to leave a message for the Oral Health Peer Workers.

Wellesley Youth Advisory Council

If you’re between the ages of 12 and 19, consider joining the Wellesley Youth Advisory Council (WYAC). We’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, you’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 – Postponed due to COVID-19

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.

Learn more about the Baby Friendly Initiative