Kinbridge Community Association in partnership with the Region of Waterloo, Public Health offers several programs in our community that are planned and facilitated by peer mentors. The Peer Program is a Region of Waterloo Public Health initiative that aims to build community and individual capacity using peer programs.
PLEASE NOTE: The Peer Program is currently operating online over Zoom, with the exception of Cuchina, which is currently being offered in-person at the Christopher Champlain Cultivating Community Garden, just behind 125 Champlain Boulevard, every Wednesday afternoon 1:30-2:30, during the summer of 2021.
Topics include nutrition, cooking, parenting, etc. The majority of these programs are offered free of charge and generally run once a week. Please email email@example.com to find out what programs are currently running.
The goals of the Peer Program are:
- To use peer based approaches to provide communities and neighbourhoods with the knowledge and skills to increase the overall health of parents or caregivers and their children.
- To prevent and reduce feelings of isolation felt by parents and caregivers.
- To increase individual capacity by providing Community Nutrition Workers and program participants with knowledge and skills around food security issues.
Kinbridge Community Association, through the support of the Region of Waterloo is able to host a variety of programs led by local peer workers, who are trained in program delivery in a community based setting. These programs are offered free of charge to neighbourhood residents, are flexible to meet the needs of residents, and provide opportunities for social interaction while learning new skills.
Women’s Nutrition and Friends Group
This group runs weekly and focuses on healthy eating and nutrition for families. The Peer Health Worker will teach participants how to cook healthy recipes, and how to adapt existing recipes with healthier ingredients. A fun afternoon to meet other women and have great conversation.
Fun Food Friends!
The program runs weekly. The program content and structure is dependent on the wants and needs of the group. Anticipated topics of discussion are childcare, food and nutrition, health and fitness programs. The group provides an opportunity to communicate with each other and it helps reduce the social isolation that the women are feeling.
Christopher Champlain Neighbourhood
Located at the Main location’s “Cuchina” (kitchen). Our Peer Health Worker (PHW) plans and coordinates a weekly food preparation program. Each week the PHW will work with community members to prepare nutritious meals to be taken home to provide a meal for the family. Group members will be cooking larger quantities so that everyone can take home 4 – 6 portions. As this will mean an increased cost of food, members will be asked to contribute a minimal amount to cover the additional expense of food.
Food Fun Friends!
The program runs weekly. The program content and structure is dependent on the wants and needs of the group. Anticipated topics of discussion are childcare, food and nutrition, health and fitness programs. The group provides an opportunity to communicate with each other and it helps reduce the social isolation that participants may be feeling.