Strong Communities


Why focus on strong communities?

1 in 5 people are affected by mental health. A sense of belonging has been identified as a challenge faced by many. Through community conversations, residents identified their desire to live in an engaged community where they have the opportunity to speak and be heard. They want local, accessible resources and supports that focus on education, root causes, and early interventions. They also envision a community of acceptance with the desire to reduce stigma and stereotypes for those living with mental illness or addictions.


Inclusive and supported communities connect and strengthen all Oxford County residents.


Local Strategies

Support mental health and reduce addictions

  • Ensure timely, client-centered, relationship-based accessible and local support services for those struggling with addictions and/or mental health issues
  • Provide focused efforts toward programs and initiatives that strengthen individuals’ resiliency, self-esteem, sense of belonging and ability to cope
  • Educate the community to increase understanding and reduce stigma

Empower people

  • Create safe and inviting places for community members
  • Equip people with the skills, tools and opportunities to share their experiences and opinions to effectively impact community discussions and decisions


Strong Communities Programs

Oxford County Walk-In Counselling & Self-Help Supports with Canadian Mental Health Association
Accessible walk-in counselling & peer support. In collaboration with other walk-in counselling services, this initiative helps to ensure that individuals of all ages have timely, local, relationship-based, accessible services available as well as opportunities to have safe and welcoming spaces.
Adult Mediation with Community Options for Justice
Resolution for justice issues. Designed to address a gap, this program uses volunteers to assist with conflict resolution and restorative justice. Identified adults, victims and community come together to repair harm, rebuild relationships and gain a better understanding of the root causes of minor crime while holding the individual accountable. It equips clients with the skills, tools and guidance for a brighter future.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding with Jabez Therapy Ranch
Therapeutic horseback program for youth. The Therapeutic and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program provides alternate support to children and youth dealing with, or at risk of, mental health challenges by helping clients experiment, problem solve and develop creative solutions.
T:Go Transportation with Community Living Tillsonburg
Community connectedness within Tillsonburg. A collaborative community service that provides low-cost, easy access rides within the Town of Tillsonburg with a flex-route system that meets the demands for affordable transportation.

Impact Stories

March 23, 2017

All That Kids Can Be Video

March 23, 2017

2016 Spirit Award Recipients

March 23, 2017

Celebrating Community

Changed lives. Made Possible By You.   A shared vision of a brighter future, deep-rooted in community aspirations was celebrated tonight as supporters, partners and community […]