Learning Day Program

The Community of Hearts Lifelong Learning Centre hosts high quality programming each day. Our facilitators and volunteers are highly trained and caring individuals with a vast variety of experiences working with diverse populations.

Community of Hearts provides an inclusive and safe learning environment where participants are encouraged to work towards independence and self reliance both in the program and beyond. The Learning Day Program operates Monday to Friday, from 9am until 3pm and is focused on creating experiences for participants to continue learning, growing, and engaging in the community around them. Each day is full of opportunities for developing healthy social interactions and conversations as well as engaging, responsive project and subject based experiences.

A typical day encompasses many of the following:

  • Morning discussion
  • Meal planning and grocery shopping
  • Fitness program
  • Meal preparation and safe food handling
  • Life skills and routines for maintaining a clean and safe space
  • Applied language and mathematical scenarios
  • Creative expressions and art
  • Community engagement opportunities

Contact us to book a tour or for more information.

Evening Programming

Have fun and develop new skills in one of our evening programs, here at Community of Hearts!

Tailored sessions give participants the opportunity to learn and explore while growing their social skills. There’s always something new – so check back often or follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to find the programming that best suits you.

All sessions are full for 2017, but registration for 2018 evening programming will be opening soon! Sign up to receive emails for the latest information on new programming!

Great Programming to look forward to in 2018!

NEW evening and weekend programs are coming to COH in 2018!
COH offers high-quality, responsive programming that teaches life skills and fosters independence. All of our staff and volunteers are highly skilled in their fields and possess extensive experience supporting diverse populations in Guelph and the surrounding area.


Improv with The Making-Box – Strengthen your listening & communication skills

Survival Cooking 1.0 with Kelly (BSc) – Gain confidence in the kitchen

Cottage Crashers – Exercise your life skills muscles in a retreat setting

Weekend Warriors – Try unique activities & explore the great outdoors

Boxes of Hearts, Social Enterprise – Gain job training to pad your resume 

Expressive Arts and Movement – Self-expression via exercise, hand-eye coordination & art creation

Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warriors is a unique program only available through COH. Consistently a success with COH participants this fall, Weekend Warriors will return in spring 2018!

At Weekend Warriors, participants experience a unique opportunity to learn and challenge themselves in an outdoor environment, building and cooking on a fire, on ropes courses, hiking along beautiful natural trails and enjoying time with friends (free from the overstimulation of the city). Depending on the time of year, the groups can try different seasonal activities from snowshoeing and archery to low ropes and nature photography. Programming in the evenings include storytelling by the fire and theatre improv activities!
Stay tuned for 2018 Weekend Warriors!

For more information on this program and others please contact info@communityofhearts.ca

Social Events

Community of Hearts strives to facilitate authentic, inclusive, social opportunities for everyone in Guelph and the surrounding area.

Our Social Network hosts fun and inclusive events with activities like dances, dinner clubs and movie nights! Participants can come out to any of our events and get involved with their peers in safe and welcoming social events. You can check out our calendar in the tab above or get social with us at on TwitterFacebook  and Instagram to stay up to date on future events.



Cottage Crashers

Cottage Crashers

Ready to get away and unwind with friends? Each summer, Cottage Crashers provides week-long cottage vacations that allow participants to kick back, relax and enjoy the outdoors. Over the course of the week, participants plan and prepare meals, take care of the cottage and participate in activities in the surrounding communities.

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Donate a Cottage:

This incredible program is possible because of generous donors just like you!  Providing use of your cottage means meaningful social connections for our participants all year long. If you are able to put forward your cottage for this great program, please get in touch with us at admin@communityofhearts.ca. We kindly ask that your cottage be 3 hours or less from Guelph in order to make travel more accessible for all participants.


Community of Hearts provides an innovative and alternative approach to programming for adults with developmental challenges. Through our fee-for-service programs, participants gain relevant experiences in the world. Our dedicated staff are focused on helping participants build self confidence and become more socially engaged as they grow and learn.
Through a variety of social activities, learning opportunities, volunteer options and entrepreneurial pursuits, Community of Hearts participants gain the skills to become empowered members of their communities.
Contact us to book a tour or for more information.