Prevention Programs That Work

Expanding Evidence-Based Prevention

Since 2009, the WGDS has been working in partnership with several community agencies to expand access to evidence-based prevention programming within Guelph and Wellington County.  Our focus has been on family programs, as they have been evaluated to be 15 times more effective than youth-only programs (United Nations 2009). 

With support from the Guelph Police Services and the Wellington County OPP,  Proceeds of Crime grant funding was obtained in 2010 to support our expansion efforts.  As a result of this funding, between September 2010 and June 2011, five Strengthening Families for the Future groups and three Families and Schools Together programs took place in the City of Guelph and in the County of Wellington.                                                                      

In the Summer of 2011, the WGDS learned about the condensed version of the Strengthening Families For Parents and Youth (SFPY) prevention program, geared to youth aged 12-16 and their families.  This program had recently been extensively piloted and evaluated by Parent Action on Drugs (PAD).  We have since piloted the the SFPY program at both the Youth Options and St. John Bosco School in Guelph, with positive evaluation results.

In June 2011, Wellington County Council approved the Wellington County OPP’s Police Services Board’s commitment to invest funds towards these sustainability efforts.  Additionally, financial support has also been generously provided by:

  • WinMar Restorations
  • Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County
  • Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services
  • Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
  • Upper Grand District School Board
  • Wellington Catholic District School Board
  • Our friends’ and partners’ fundraising efforts from the Guelph CHC Downtown 5 K Run

The following presentations outline programs that took place in Fergus and Guelph:

Strengthening Families for the Future in Fergus

Strengthening Families Parents and Youth at St. John Bosco 

Because of our collaborative efforts to date,  close to 100 families have benefited from these evidence-based family strengthening groups, with continued work taking place to sustain these programs in our community. 

We wish to sincerely acknowledge and thank our partners who continue to support the delivery of these vital programs, including:

  • Family and Children’s Services  of Guelph and Wellington County
  • Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services
  • Wellington Dufferin Public Health
  • Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis
  • Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
  • Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington
  • The Mount Forest Family Health Team
  • Upper Grand Family Health Team
  • Homewood Community Addiction Services
  • The County of Wellington Social Services
  • Boston Pizza
  • HomeStyle Catering
  • First Baptist Church