Updated on: Jul 17, 2024

Community Support Programs

Community supports are available to you around the Waterloo Wellington region. These programs are ran outside of the hospital and the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program.

Community Support Programs:

  • Can be free, while others might have a cost
  • Can be online or in person
  • Might need you to sign up ahead of time
 

Hopespring

HopeSpring is a community-based organization committed to empowering those whose lives are impacted by cancer to improve their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

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Hopespring offers:

  • Cancer care counselling
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Art
  • Reflexology/Reiki
  • Gentle Exercise (Qi Gong, Tai Chi)

There are many other programs and services found on their website and updated on their program calendar:

Program Calendar for Hopespring Cancer Support Centre
 

Look Good Feel Better

A charitable program in Canada who's goal is to help people manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer and it's treatment.

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They provide free online or in person classes on topics like:

  • skincare and cosmetics
  • wigs and hair alternatives
  • breast forms and garments

Look Good Feel Better also has specific programs for teens and men.

The programs are led by expert volunteers in small group settings.

Look Good Feel Better Workshop Search
 

Canadian Cancer Society Information Specialist

Cancer can be difficult to understand and coping with it can be stressful. It can help to talk to someone you can trust to give you current, reliable information. Our Cancer Information Helpline is a national, toll-free service for people with cancer, their caregivers, their families and their friends, as well as the general public and healthcare professionals. We’ll take all the time you need to answer your questions and give you information about:

  • cancer treatment and side effects
  • clinical trials
  • coping with cancer
  • emotional support services
  • prevention
  • help in the community
  • complementary therapies

CONTACT INFO

Online (opens in new window)

Phone: 1-888-939-3333

Available Monday to Friday

English, French and interpreter services available.

University of Waterloo

UW WELL-FIT

UW WELL-FIT is a community-based, cancer exercise program. This program is for anyone going through/healing from a cancer diagnosis, treatments and beyond. It is overseen by trained exercise professionals.

UW WELL-FIT runs out of the Centre for Community, Clinical, and Applied Research Excellence (CCCARE) at the University of Waterloo.

UW WELL-FIT is a safe and supportive place to exercise. For most people, exercise during or after treatment can help lower the severity of side effects from treatments. It can also help your physical, mental and social quality of life. Talk to your Oncology Care Team about a referral to the program.

CONTACT INFO

Phone: 1-519-888-4567 x30217

Location: 340 Hagey Boulevard, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6R6

Email: fitness@uwaterloo.ca



Supports Near You

LOCATIONGROUPCONTACT
Mount Forest
Cancer Patient Services

A charitable organization in Mt. Forest that offers services (including transportation) to cancer patients.
Cancer Care Coordinator

www.cancerpatientservices.ca

519-323-0255

CArmstrong@mountforestfht.com
Waterloo Wellington Region

(Cambridge, Guelph, Mt. Forest, Fergus, Palmerston)
Ostomy Canada - Kitchener Support Group
www.ostomycanada.ca
opsg.kw@gmail.com
519-895-6094

Run by:
Mr. Josh Gohl BScN RN NSWOC WOCC(C)


Prostate Cancer Support Group of Waterloo Wellington
info@pccn-waterloo-wellington.ca
Waterloo Regional Myeloma Support Group

Susan McDowell
waterlooregionsupport@myeloma.ca
Waterloo Wellington Self Management Programwww.wwselfmanagement.ca

Other Support Options and Programs

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AdultsWaterloo Wellington Self Management Program

- Offer online programs and workshops for people living with chronic conditions or disease (like cancer).
www.wwselfmanagement.ca


Canadian Cancer Society
Cancer Connection

Offering:
Forums
Special Interest Groups
Community News

www.cancerconnection.ca
Cancer and Workwww.cancerandwork.ca
The Rethink Network
For those navigating breast cancer.
www.rethinkbreastcancer.com
CaregiversVisit our Caregiver Support Page

Young Adults
The Ontario Caregiver Organizationhttps://ontariocaregiver.ca/