Workshops and Training

Getting Ahead.... in a just-gettin'-by world: Building your resources for a better life

Getting Ahead is a free programme designed to help people in financial hardship build a path to a better future. The programme is part of the "Bridges Out of Poverty" community change model.

Participants will:

  • Investigate their own situations
  • Leave the workshop with valuable knowledge and tools
  • Create their own action plans and goals

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Getting Ahead is offered several times a year, the programme runs for three weeks

  • Monday through Thursday, 9:30am to 2:30pm
  • Free programme includes lunch and snacks
  • Child care and transportation supports may be available

For more information, please contact:
Terri Townsley, Employment Facilitator
T 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.

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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:
T 519.823.7887  or 1.800.265.7294  x3600


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