Get to Know Wellspring
Think Wellspring is just about group therapy? Think again.
Wellspring is a non-medical support centre for individuals coping with cancer and those who care for them. Anyone touched or affected by cancer (patient, loved one, friend or neighbour) can access Wellspring’s supportive care programs and services. The centre is volunteer-driven and there are no costs or referrals needed to access their programs and services. “One of the advantages that makes us unique is the fact that our programs are led by qualified professionals in each field of practice,” says Daniel Lockwood, Program Director.
Wellspring does not receive any government funding and depends solely on community and corporate sponsorships along with community fundraisers. Each centre is its own legal entity that is governed by its Board of Directors and is responsible for its own community funding. Wellspring offers close to two dozen programs that are tailored to meet the needs of each individual, to help them share their stories and build coping strategies throughout their journey. Within the South West region, there are two Wellspring locations - one in London; the other in Stratford.
Wellspring London opened in October of 2000 and is celebrating their one year anniversary this month at their new location within the YMCA on Waterloo Street. The centre offers 20 different supportive care programs and services geared to men and women over the age of 18. In addition, Healing HeART is an art therapy program to support children affected by cancer. This program offers children the opportunity to work through their feelings in a non-verbal way and helps them to relate to their loved one’s cancer journey. Wellspring London provides a warm and supportive environment for individuals during any stage of their journey and also for those who care for them.
Wellspring Stratford opened in 2006 by a group of volunteers who recognized the need to offer similar programming and services in their community and catchment area. The satellite centre offers five supportive care programs for men and women living in Huron and Perth counties. “At Wellspring, we provide a safe haven that allows people to feel comfortable,” says Lockwood. “We don’t provide medical advice, we don’t tell people what to do; we just listen. After utilizing our services, people can go back into the world and be who they need to be.”