What You Can Expect
When you first arrive at a beautiful Wellspring centre, a Peer Support Volunteer will meet privately with you, to talk, and to help you select programs that are best suited to your individual needs, interests and time. If you cannot participate in person, simply call a centre to speak with a peer support volunteer any weekday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 2018 Wellspring centres in the Greater Toronto Area :
- Helped improve the quality of life for almost 5,000 men women and children who are living with cancer.
- Provided 12,225 sessions of highly specialized and professionally led programs and services
- Accommodated 48,000 visits from cancer patients and their families
- Helped 728 personal caregivers or family members of cancer patients become more knowledgeable about how to provide the best care for their loved one, while feeling fully supported through the challenges.
- Provided over 800 volunteers with opportunities to give of themselves.
Being a part of the compassionate and caring Wellspring community means having the opportunity to talk with others who have been through similar experiences with cancer, to access experts and to share knowledge, all in a welcoming, warm, safe and encouraging environment.
Types of Programs Available
Some programs will help when you’re not feeling well, or you have limited available time because of treatment. Others will aid in your recovery by helping you regain physical strength and wellness. If you are further along in your cancer journey, there are programs to help you manage your own health on a long-term basis.
Drop in programs, like meditation, yoga and peer support don’t usually require an ongoing commitment, while the registered programs, like Nourish, Cancer Exercise, Brain Fog or Returning to Work ask that you commit to extended sessions.
In addition, some programs are only for cancer patients, while others welcome caregivers and family members to participate.
All Wellspring programs are led by professionals such as psychologists, physiotherapists, art therapists, and registered dietitians.
Over time, a Wellspring volunteer will contact you now and again, just to discuss any new needs your might have and to provide you with new program recommendations that might help.
Closely Monitored Results for Greatest Impact
Wellspring regularly conducts evaluations of all programs to ensure members receive the greatest impact from all program opportunities. In a 2019 survey of 6000 Wellspring members who had participated in programming 96 per cent of the 2000 respondents felt that they had gained the skills and the knowledge needed to address their needs, were better able to cope, and received the support they needed to manage going forward. To review the full 2019 members’ mission survey results, please click here.