Programs and Services

The WOCRC offers a vast array of programs and services to benefit individuals of all ages in far west Ottawa.

Our diverse programs and services play a vital role in our community by promoting healthy lifestyle strategies and problem solving skills for individuals and families. 

Please select a category from the menu to learn more about the programs and services we offer to specific population groups. Our Welcome Package summarizes our programs and services, and provides client rights and privacy information.

Violence Against Women

  • Violence Against Women
Ottawa-based violence against women agencies (VAW) have partnered with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to implement a program that provides collaborative service delivery to women who have been referred to the CAS because of concerns regarding woman abuse occurring in the home. VAW case managers work with child protection workers to deliver services that address needs resulting from the abuse and to increase safety for women and their children. These case managers are supervised by a VAW program supervisor and work for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
  • Violence Against Women
The Child Witness Program provides individual and group counselling to children 18 years of age or younger, who have witnessed abuse; and women, aged 16 years or older whose children have witnessed woman abuse. This group helps children learn ways of coping through discussion, videos, crafts and activities. A group for mothers (offered at the same time as the children’s group), provides education, support and a link to what their children are learning as part of the program. Services are delivered in person or over the phone.
  • Violence Against Women
Chrysalis House is a safe and secure 25-bed shelter in Western Ottawa. It is a place where a woman can go to protect herself and her dependants from violence and abuse. In this supportive environment, a woman can focus on her personal needs and choices, as well as on her dependants' needs.
  • Violence Against Women
The Peer Support Program is a service delivered by the WOCRC’s Volunteer Program that offers women, especially survivors of violence, an opportunity to work individually and collectively to end violence against women.
  • Violence Against Women
The Transitional and Housing Support Program and VAW/Housing Liaison Program provide services to women aged 16 years or older who identify themselves as having been sexually, physically or emotionally abused by their partners or significant others (could be a caregiver or another immediate family/household member). This program is offered to women who have made the decision to leave their abusive relationship. The goal of the programs is to provide flexible and practical supports to assist women to transition into their new communities. Services are delivered in person or over the phone.
  • Violence Against Women
The VAW Counselling Program provides individual and group counselling to women aged 16 years or older who identify themselves as having been sexually, physically or emotionally abused by their partners or significant others (could be caregiver or other immediate family/household member). Services are delivered in person or over the phone.

Children (0-6 years)

  • Children (0-6 years)
  • Children (6-12 years)

Fun Friends (4-7 years old) and Friends for Life (8-11 years old) anxiety prevention programs

Are you concerned that your child is anxious, more than what you would consider being average? The FRIENDS program can help. Over the course of 8-10 weeks your child will engage in meaningful and interactive sessions with their peers to address their anxiety and help to reduce the affects it is having on their enjoyment of everyday experiences. Each session will be one and half hours long, which includes a light snack.

  • Children (0-6 years)
OEYC provides a variety of free family drop-ins to Ontario residents where families can play and learn together in a child friendly space. These regular meetings are geared towards parents, caregivers and their children birth to 6 years.
  • Children (0-6 years)

For more information on breastfeeding and the schedule for the breastfeeding drop-ins please visit Ottawa Breastfeeds.

Visit First Words to see if your child is meeting their language milestones. Use their online Communication Checkup tool to screen for your child's speech, language, social communication, fine and gross motor skills and red flags.

Children (6-12 years)

  • Children (6-12 years)

Our Child and Youth staff team will work with other organizations, community groups and individual community members, including parents and youth, to provide services and education on issues that affect today’s young people. 

  • Children (0-6 years)
  • Children (6-12 years)

Fun Friends (4-7 years old) and Friends for Life (8-11 years old) anxiety prevention programs

Are you concerned that your child is anxious, more than what you would consider being average? The FRIENDS program can help. Over the course of 8-10 weeks your child will engage in meaningful and interactive sessions with their peers to address their anxiety and help to reduce the affects it is having on their enjoyment of everyday experiences. Each session will be one and half hours long, which includes a light snack.

  • Children (6-12 years)

Homework support is available to students in grades 3-8 through our Homework Clubs located at Bridlewood Community Elementary School and Katimavik Elementary School. Although the clubs are located in these schools, they are open to all students and there is no charge for these services. 

Parents must first complete the Registration Forms below before a student may attend the club. Both schools have the forms available through their office and on their websites. Forms may also be picked up and or completed during regular club hours (on the right). 

  • Children (6-12 years)
  • Youth (12-18 years)
The Richmond Youth Centre is unique program for youth in the community of Richmond, where youth can meet new people and try new activities. Youth and their families can get connected to community resources and services.

Youth (12-18 years)

  • Youth (12-18 years)

Our Child and Youth staff team will work with other organizations, community groups, and individual community members, including parents and youth, to provide services and education on issues that affect today’s young people. 

  • Youth (12-18 years)
Social group for LGBTQ+* youth, 12-18 years old Safe(r) space Hangout and meet new people Access resources and gain support from staff Youth and their families can get connected to community resources and services Inclusion, belonging, respect
  • Children (6-12 years)
  • Youth (12-18 years)
The Richmond Youth Centre is unique program for youth in the community of Richmond, where youth can meet new people and try new activities. Youth and their families can get connected to community resources and services.
  • Youth (12-18 years)
The ZONE is a unique space just for youth aged 12-18 to meet new people and try new activities. Youth and their families can get connected to community resources and services. Facilitated programs on Mondays from 5-9 p.m.
  • Youth (12-18 years)

Do you have a great idea for a project but need some help bringing it to life? Are you looking to get in touch with other youth leading change in your city? Are you looking for money to start a community project? Our youth community developer might be able to help!

The WOCRC has a Youth Community Developer who engages and empowers youth, and advocates for their needs. The youth community developer also works with schools, community members, groups and organizations to identify needs or issues involving youth and to help provide services in Goulbourn, Kanata and West Carleton.

  • Youth (12-18 years)

The Library section at www.ementalhealth.ca features a vast array of informative and useful fact sheets about issues affecting today’s youth.

Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

The Adult Day Program offers respite care for the main caregiver by providing a full day of activity for adults experiencing dementia-related disorders.

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

We offer general caregiver support groups and support groups specifically for caregivers of individuals experiencing dementia-related disorders.

Dementia Caregiver Group:

2 MacNeil Court, Kanata
The third Tuesday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

WOCRC, along with community volunteers, host a hot catered meal and social and educational gatherings for clients who are feeling isolated. Transportation can be provided if necessary for a fee of $10 (up to 30 km).

Please register at least seven days in advance. For further Information, registration and cancellation please contact:

Carol Diguer at 613-591-3686 ext. 316 or diguer@wocrc.ca for Kanata and Stittsville and the Nepean Crafty Seniors

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

Foot Care Clinics

$23.75

• Valleystream Retirement Residence
• City View United Church
• Harmer House
• Nepean Seniors’ Recreation Centre at the Nepean Sportsplex
• South Nepean Community Health Centre
• Julian of Norwich Anglican Church (formerly St. Richard’s Anglican Church)

Please bring your own clean towel to your appointment.

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

Volunteers are matched with individuals who are feeling isolated to provide regular social contact as well as the reassurance that help is available if needed. This free service may be provided by a personal face to face visit, by telephone or other means for clients who need regular social contact on a one-on-one basis.  

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

Full course hot meals, ready to eat, Monday through Friday delivery. $6.30/meal

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

Our program and service coordinators will provide a referral to several community agencies/businesses that may be able to help with homemaking/house cleaning, personal care/respite care and home maintenance tasks.

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

Snow Go ASSIST is a subsidy program for low income seniors who require financial assistance with their snow removal costs. Approved clients may be reimbursed for up to 50% of the cost of snow and ice clearing, up to a seasonal maximum. Must provide proof of income.

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

This service is for individuals who can transfer safely and independently into a vehicle. Clients can schedule rides in advance.

Where required, our drivers will provide support for those needing assistance with stairs or elevators, at their destination.

Clients having a medical procedure requiring sedation will be required to bring a companion with them.

Clients living in the rural area requiring the use of a wheelchair, travelling to a rural destination, can call to schedule a drive. 

  • Seniors and Adults with a Physical Disability

WOCRC launched two community service centres in November in Fitzroy Harbour and Constance Bay.

The centres offer the following services to older adults and adults with a physical disability in West Carleton to help these rural residents remain living independently in their communities:

Community Development

  • Community Development

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre has a Children's Community Developer who works with local individuals, schools, early learning and care agencies and community groups to identify existing needs or issues involving children prenatal to age 12 years and to help develop and coordinate services.

  • Community Development

Are you a youth? Is there an issue in your school that you feel passionate about taking a stand on? Is there a project that you want to do in your community, but you need help getting started? Our youth community developer can help!

The WOCRC has a youth community developer who engages and empowers youth, and advocates for their needs. The youth community developer also works with schools, community members, groups, and organizations to identify needs or issues involving youth and to help provide services  in Goulbourn, Kanata, and West Carleton.