Workshops and Training

Make Your Way Programme

This free programme is informal and interactive.  Conversations take place in a confidential, relaxed environment, described as a “kitchen table” like approach. The programme starts with looking at “Picturing Your Life Now” to help you see where you are at and look at the direction where you want to go. Examples of some of the topics covered are:  

  • Change
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Self – exploration through a completion of a personal self-assessment
  • Goal setting

Through this learning and the assessments, participants will be able to see a clearer path towards what their future may look like and set goals that will help them to move forward. This is a new programme in 2021 based on some of the principles of our past Getting Ahead programme and runs several times a year.

Currently Make Your Way is offered in a virtual format and runs for 1.5 hours each day over a two-week period. When in-person sessions resume, Make Your Way will be offered Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm over a three week period.

For more information, please contact:
Terri Townsley, Employment Facilitator
Telephone: 519.823.7887 or 1.800.265.7294  x 3660


Circles Guelph Wellington is a community-based initiative that creates relationships across economic boundaries. It matches people of low-income who have attended the Getting Ahead program with people of middle and upper income who have attended bridges training.

Circles is a high-impact, 18-month-long voluntary strategy designed to:

  • Provide emotional and practical support
  • Assist with complex issues
  • Build the "social capital" of people living in low income situations
  • Show the community the very real barriers holding people in poverty
  • Walk with people in poverty and support positive changes in their lives.

The Circles program has been used in dozens of communities in the US and Canada. It is a proven and credible program that makes real and on-going change for individuals and our community.

Visit Circles


Workshops are free and available to Ontario Works Clients of Guelph and Wellington County. Click below for workshop descriptions.

Employment Services Orientation
The Employment Services Orientation is an overview of the resources available through Ontario Works, in the City of Guelph and Wellington County. Some of the information Facilitators will review includes Employment Ontario Partners, Literacy and Basic Skills organizations, and Ontario Works services such as Housing, Employment, and Child Care programs.

To register for a workshop:
Telephone: 519.823.7887  or 1.800.265.7294  x3600


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