Here at the Centre, we provide a variety of wellness, recreational, educational, multicultural, and food programs and services for 450+ seniors members and 1,500+ seniors in our community. The majority of these programs are facilitated and supported by senior volunteers, providing older adults with varied opportunities to continue to share their skills and knowledge with other in their later years.
The Centre’s grassroots model focuses on relationships and values people looking after people. As a community-based organization that provides programs for seniors, we play an important role in delivering cost-effective health promotion programs that help prevent chronic illness and isolation in later life. Even light to moderate activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, falls and injuries, obesity, stroke, osteoporosis, and depression among older adults. Through program participation and volunteering, seniors can remain healthy, active, and engaged.
“It’s like my home away from home. I have a place I can come and feel good about myself, with good company and friends to hang out with. I love that when I’m sick there are people who care about what’s wrong with me and if I need help. I really love it here at South Granville Seniors Centre.”
As people age, reduced social interaction and increasing loneliness and depression often become a difficult reality. Social isolation and loneliness have been cited as leading factors in the decline of seniors’ mental and physical health. Our centre offers a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and friendly space for seniors to meet, connect with others, and keep active. Our programs help seniors stay active in their community, broaden their social support network, and experience an increased sense of belonging.
“It gets me out of the house and around other people. The centre keeps me going and not feeling depressed.”
Members of our centre have confirmed that participating in activities and/or volunteering at the centre enables them to develop new friendships, gain self-confidence, improve their well-being, and continue to contribute to their community in meaningful ways.