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  • Newsletter | Westside Seniors Hub

    NEWSLETTER HubBytes is t he Westside Seniors Hub's newsletter. It profiles key initiatives of the Hub's Partner Organizations and flags current issues, events and innovations that may be of interest to seniors. After a pandemic-induced hiatus of two years, we aim to publish HubBytes quarterly starting with Winter 2021-2022 . To view copies of HubBytes newsletters or subscribe, please click here

  • Help Lines | Westside Seniors Hub

    HELP LINES Click on the buttons below. bc211 Information & Referral 311 City of Vancouver 811 BC Health Link BC Seniors' Advocate Dementia Ventures - FirstLink® STAR: Seniors Transportation Access & Resources SAIL: Seniors Abuse & Information Line Greater Vancouver Seniors Distress Lines Ability 411 Assistive Technologies & Equipment AssistList: Home Health Equipment Exchange BC211 PROVINCE-WIDE INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES 24/7 bc211 is a British Columbia, non-profit organization that provides a free, confidential, multilingual (160 languages) information about community, government and social services in BC. As a response to COVID-19, bc211 accepts applications for the Safe Seniors, Strong Communities program, both from seniors wanting help and from volunteers willing to step up and help with non-medical needs. ​ Multilingual : Yes (160 languages) Hours : 24/7 Contact: Dial: 211 Text: 211 Web: Twitter: @bc211Help Email: ​ Return to top 311 CITY OF VANCOUVER Help line within the City for seeking information about operations and services or to report problems. ​ During COVID-19 only use 311 for urgent requests or language interpretation. Otherwise use online chat and email at City website. ​ Multilingual : Yes ​ Hours : 7am to 10pm daily Live chat 9am-4pm ​ Contact: Dial 311 within Metro Vancouver. Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000 App: VanConnect Web: vancouver.aspx ​ Return to top DEMENTIA VENTURES FIRST LINK ® DEMENTIA HELPLINE If you have questions about Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, call the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s First Link® Dementia Helpline for information and support (toll-free): ​ Dial: - English: 1-800-936-6033 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) - Cantonese and Mandarin: 1-833-674-5007 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - Punjabi: 1-833-674-5003 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Web: ​ Return to top 811 HEALTHLINK BC 811 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia to speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find non-emergency health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. ​ Multilingual : Yes (130 languages) For translated resources in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamesego to Hours : 24/7 ​ Contact: Dial: 811 Web: For nursing services: For dietitian services : For pharmacist services: For qualified exercise professionals: ​ Return to top STAR: SENIORS TRANSPORTATION ACCESS & RESOURCES Need help getting around Vancouver? This is an initiative of B.E.S.T. (Best Environmentally Sound Transportation) in cooperation with bc211 for telephone assistance. Also at STAR website, find transportation options: public transit, HandyDart, community shuttle services, volunteer ride programs, walking, cycling & triking, taxi & private drive services, car sharing. Dial: 211 Web: ​ Return to top BCC SENIORS ADVOCATE Speak with an Information & Referral analyst or consult website about health care, housing, income supports, personal supports, transportation. Seniors’ services research reports and Long-term Care Quick Facts Directory. Provide feedback on seniors’ services. Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) Contact: Dial: toll-free 1-877-952-3181 or in Victoria 250-952-3181 Web: ​ Return to top SENIORS ABUSE & INFORMATION LINE (SAIL) SAIL is a province-wide confidential service for older adults, and those who care about them, to talk to a trained intake worker about abuse or mistreatment. Seniors will receive information and support about issues that impact their health and wellbeing. Multilingual: Yes, upon request (180 languages) Hours: 8am-8pm 7 days/week (excluding holidays) ​ Contact: Dial: 604-437-1940 or toll-free 1-866-437-1940 TTY equipment: 604-428-3359 or toll-free 1-855-306-1443 Web: ​ Return to top CRISIS CENTRE OF BC Immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgmental, confidential support and follow-up to youth, adults, and seniors throughout 24/7 phone lines and online services. The Distress Services program provides support to vulnerable individuals across British Columbia. Multilingual: Yes (140 languages) Hours: 24/7 distress phone line and online chat services between noon and 1:00am Contact: Dial: Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311 Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433 Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 Web: Chat: Adults: (Noon to 1am) ​ Return to top ABILITY 411 Web-based service for answers to questions and practical information about technologies, tools and equipment that increase independence and wellbeing for BC seniors, and support their families and care teams. Multilingual: Use an online translation app Web: Ask a question ​ ASSIST LIST “Helping simplify the exchange of home health equipment for our community” with blog, resources and searchable database of equipment listings , …”facilitating safe exchanges across Metro Vancouver by creating a network of Community Exchange Zones to help us facilitate safe exchanges across Metro Vancouver. ” Non-profit operated by staff and volunteers; funded by partners and donors. Multilingual: Use an online translation app Hours: equipment list is available 24/7 here Contact: online here with questions

  • | Westside Seniors Hub

    Joanne Haramia Joanne has a Master of Social Work from UBC and brings more than 30 years of experience in not for profit management. Until retirement last year, she was Director of Senior Services at Jewish Family Services. She values neighbourhood (lives in Kitsilano for 33 years) and community development approaches. She is currently a Board member of Brock House Society. Close

  • | Westside Seniors Hub

    Lynn Shepherd Lynn has been a biology instructor, science librarian, and nurse in long-term care facilities. She joined the Westside Seniors Hub at its inception in 2015 as a way to meet and work with neighbours interested in promoting seniors’ issues. Lynn believes that retiring seniors should have ready access to needed services and interesting programs so they can stay active and comfortably age in place. She loves living on the Westside with its parks, beaches, amazing vistas, and proximity to so many amenities. “The Westside Seniors Hub is a way for me to engage in creating a community where seniors can comfortably age in place and find fulfillment.” Close

  • Grant Opportunities | Westside Seniors Hub

    GRANT OPPORTUNITIES MEN'S SHEDS START-UP GRANTS United Way & Men’s Sheds of BC “Men’s Sheds improves men's health and wellbeing by: Creating spaces where men help men while working shoulder-to-shoulder Increasing men’s social connections, and sense of well-being and inclusion Increasing men's participation and engagement in their communities Start-up Grants are available to groups of two or more men or to community organizations interested in starting a Men’s Shed in their B.C. community and who have contacted MSABC to learn about effective approaches to developing and sustaining a Men’s Shed. If an organization is starting a Men's Shed but does not require a Start-up Grant, they can apply for the larger Project Grant (of up to $10,000) once available.” ​ Call for proposal, application and information here Call opened July 2021 and is still open in 2022. RESPONSIVE NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS Vancouver Foundation & Association of Neighbourhood Houses “Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) is a grassroots grant-making program that provides grants between $50-$500 directly to individuals…small grants to empower and reshape communities. These grants are dedicated towards funding events and projects at the neighbourhood level in order to build a stronger sense of community and belonging.” Date: Applications available March 15, 2022 and ongoing while funds last Information here INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RESILIENCE FUND (IPRF) Community Foundations of Canada “The IPRF is an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience….For Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations working to respond to COVID-19 in the context of pre-existing economic and health disparities, the impacts are even more pronounced…Any Indigenous-led organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency support ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.” Date: Open for monthly intakes ​ Information and application here HAMBER FOUNDATION ​ Grants for projects arising and undertaken in the Province of British Columbia by registered charities for cultural, education and charitable purposes, in priority areas of athletics, arts & culture, health &welfare (including older adults). Emphasizing at-risk individuals, especially under-represented and marginalized populations and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion Dates: Applications reviewed March 15th and September 15th. Information and application here SENIORS CAN! (AINÉS DEBOUT!) HelpAge Canada Three types of grants, each up to $10,000, Well-Being, Innovative Programming, Emergency Relief “designed to help low-income seniors across Canada avoid isolation and loneliness and to engage more fully with their communities. ​ Closure dates for applications: September 30th & March 31st ​ Information & application here

  • Job Opportunities | Westside Seniors Hub

    JOB OPPORTUNITIES HUB PARTNERS ASK Friendship Society VOLUNTEER DRIVERS MEAL ONLY ​ Ongoing volunteers: 1-3 hours/weekly needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays between 12PM-3PM "Pick up meals from 2177 West 42nd Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6M 2B7and deliver to isolated seniors in the neighborhoods of Kerrisdale, Arbutus, Shaughnessy, Marpole, Dunbar and Oakridge" ​ ​ I nformation here posted May 31, 2021 Family Caregivers of BC CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS Seeking volunteers to create a safe and open space for caregivers to share their concerns and challenges. Facilitators are people with strong listening skills, discretion, empathy and ability to empower individuals to be involved in making decisions about their own care. · Virtual Bi-Weekly Provincial Support Group (2nd and 4th Thursday Afternoon) · Virtual Monthly Men’s Provincial Support Group (2nd Tuesday Evening) (Male Facilitator) Information here

  • Resources | Westside Seniors Hub

    RESOURCES We also provide selected resources here for Dementia Ventures , since that is the Hub's focus in 2020-2023. Understanding & living with dementia Guides for inclusive Programming Tools for Engagement Research Reports & Data

  • | Westside Seniors Hub

    Jean Lofthouse I grew up in Kitsilano and still reside here. I worked as Community Relations and Service Quality Manager for the BC Govt, Social Development Ministry and retired in 2017 after 35 years of public service. I now spend time painting, enjoying theatre, dance, music and travel. I also spend time with a sister with Alzheimers and a friend with dementia. I find value in trying to improve the quality of their lives, and I learn so much from them on a daily basis. I joined the WSH Council in 2021, and am grateful for the important work it does and the connections made. Close

  • DV Guides 4 inclusion | Westside Seniors Hub

    DEMENTIA VENTURES GUIDES FOR INCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING CLICK in the links below REAWAKENING THE MIND (Arts 4 Dementia, London, UK) ​ “Arts interventions to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.” The A4D model for music, dance, drama, poetry, museums & galleries with evaluation of impacts and outcomes for organizers, volunteers, arts facilitators & arts organizations. SHARING MEMORIES: REMINISCENCE ACTIVITIES (Lee County Library System, Florida) ​ Programs that find meaning in memories, storytelling, letter writing, community conversations and tips for success in engagement. HOW-TO GUIDES FOR WALKING GROUPS AND CAFÉS (Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative) ​ “Steps involved in planning, marketing, launching and sustaining a program…based on the experience of staff, volunteers and participants in local groups.” COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ARTS PRACTICE WITH SENIORS: A STARTUP GUIDE (Arts and Health, Canada) ​ “Community-engaged arts programs promote the health, well-being and social inclusion of older adults…address the gap between the existing supports available for well seniors in recreation facilities and those for very frail seniors…provide a forum for exploration, imagination, and communication that can transform individual lives and profoundly impact community life.” CREATING PARTNERSHIPS IN DEMENTIA CARE: A CHANGING MELODY TOOLKIT ( Research Institute for Aging ) ​ “It's a forum designed by and for persons with early-stage dementia and their family partners in care. The toolkit helps individuals, groups, and/or organizations plan and implement their own forums. DVDs are available featuring powerful presentations from past forums.” SOCIAL ISOLATION OF SENIORS: IDEAS EXCHANGE EVENT TOOLKIT “Toolkit is meant to help people and organizations host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors in their communities. It contains tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event.” Back to Resources - Dementia Ventures

  • DV Fireweed Club | Westside Seniors Hub

    THE FIREWEED CLUB The Fireweed Club is a collaborative project bringing a variety of free outdoor activities to seniors on the westside . These activities are open to any seniors who want to stay active, socialize and build relationships. People living with memory loss or other invisible challenges are welcome to come by themselves or to bring their friends and care partners. A detailed schedule of activities is coming here soon! ​ The schedule will indicate where to meet for the planned activities on specific dates. Just attend any activities that appeal to you, wear sun protection, and bring plenty of water to drink. Details about activities will be available soon, but you can anticipate seeing action at these locations. ​ Tuesdays in June, July and August 1:00-3:00pm Sponsored by Dunbar Residents Association Balaclava Park -- W 29th Ave at Balaclava Street (Pollinator Garden) Field trips (to be confirmed, 1st Friday of the month, depending on transportation, to visit community gardens around the City and neighbouring municipalities ) ​ Wednesdays in July and August 1:00-3:00pm Sponsored by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Connaught park -- W 12th Ave at Vine Street (look for KNH flag) Plaza at W 4th Avenue (south side) and Maple Street Plaza at W Broadway (north side) and Bayswater (east side) Field trips (to be confirmed, depending on transportation) Fridays in July and August 1:00-3:00pm Sponsored by South Granville Seniors Centre Granville Park – W 14th Ave between Fir and Pine Streets Plaza W 13th Ave and Granville Street Plaza W 14th Ave and Granville Street ​

  • Inclusive Community | Westside Seniors Hub

    CARE PARTNERS YOU can help reveal challenges that need to be addressed create activities that fit with your needs as well as those you care for offer ideas for innovative initiatives participate in community conversations To partners, relatives, friends or professionals regularly involved in providing care for a person living with dementia: ​ Your voice is needed in planning and implementing activities that are feasible and engaging. Hub Partners would like to hear from you! ​ Visit the Current Hub Partner Projects page to see which project is most attractive and contact the Partner sponsoring it

  • Partner Organizations | Westside Seniors Hub

    COLLABORATION VALUES SENIORS LED T he Hub is seniors'-led in order to best address the needs of seniors. It promotes a healthy aging process, recognizing that multiple generations and cohorts need different activities and supports. Seniors provide guidance on increasing the accessibility of seniors' programs and addressing the diversity of interests among seniors. COMMUNITY FOCUSED The overarching intention of the collaboration among Partner Organizations is to maximize benefits for the community and to leverage resources effectively, for example by seeking opportunities for funding support and innovative collaboration. The Hub relies on community engagement to address the needs and interests of diverse facets of the community. DIGNITY AND RESPECT The Hub operates on values of respect where everyone is treated with care and compassion. We aim to foster independence, self-esteem, dignity and empowerment for seniors and their families. BELONGING The Hub strives to create a sense of belonging and inclusion and provide opportunities to be connected and engaged in the community. OPENNESS The Hub Partner Organizations operate in a spirit of respect for each other and are clear and open about their intentions. They bring forward any issues that arise during the course of Hub work so that they can be addressed by the group. BECOME A PARTNER If you are a public, non-profit, or faith-based organization that serves seniors on Vancouver’s Westside, we would like to collaborate with you! ​ WHAT VALUES DOES THE WESTSIDE SENIORS HUB OFFER? ​ Help seniors know what programs and services Westside organizations offer to keep them socially engaged, active and well-served Enable the sharing of information and resources among Hub Partner Organizations and other community entities Better meet the needs of Westside seniors by sharing knowledge between seniors and Hub Partner Organizations Increase community awareness of seniors' issues and strengthen advocacy on behalf of seniors ​ HOW CAN PARTNERING IN THE WESTSIDE SENIORS HUB BENEFIT MY ORGANIZATION? ​ Enhance community awareness of your seniors’ programs and increase participation Learn from experiences and insights of other seniors' service providers Share ideas and solutions to improve seniors’ programs and services Amplify the voice of Westside seniors' service providers through the collective power of working together WHAT ARE THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A HUB PARTNER ORGANIZATION? ​ Actively support the goals and operation of the Westside Seniors Hub by attending quarterly meetings, sitting on committees where possible, and providing advice and expertise to Council and Committees when requested Submit program and event information for profiling in Hub communications (website, HubBytes newsletter) Share ideas, successes, and challenges at quarterly Partner meetings Share information from Partner meetings within your organization Promote the network of Partner Organizations and make referrals where appropriate Partners meet quarterly and communicate via email between meetings. Partners are encouraged to join committees relevant to their work and offer space, resources and guidance to help the Council and volunteers in their efforts. Contact us to become a partner PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS A growing network of Partner Organizations that serve seniors on the Westside have an interest in collaborating to support seniors in their community. They meet quarterly to share information about resources and assets, identify emerging issues, and collaborate on building a range of integrated services for seniors. They work with the Hub Council, serve on committees to act on identified issues, and represent the Hub to the public and various constituencies. Become a partner Current Partners

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    Cole Dudley From 'flower power' advocating to government program managing; from art to bookkeeping, my working life (both paid and volunteer) was diverse. In the range of jobs over the years, my focus has been on women's rights, the environment, and housing. Now that I have retired, I am adding to the list those matters that affect seniors' well-being and lifestyle. I am excited to be a part of the Westside Seniors Hub where we work together in developing resources and supporting systems for seniors. And I can't forget art - always a part of my life. Right now, it is photography. I have a large selection of nature photographs which I have sold at craft fairs and independently. I love to search through gardens and fields looking for just the right image with light, colour, shape, and view. Close

  • Hub Committees | Westside Seniors Hub

    HUB COMMITTEES Hub Projects are taken on by Hub Committees, issue-based, action-oriented groups made up of representatives from the Council, Partner Organizations, and the community. They meet as needed to focus attention on particular issues or activities by sharing information, suggesting to the Council what approaches might work, and planning events. They act on behalf of seniors to bring attention to issues and gaps in services. Their work engages businesses, government agencies, non-profit agencies, and the public in moving towards a community where seniors can have their needs met and age well. ​ At this time, Hub Committee members are all collaborating as a Working Group on the multifaceted Building Capacity Dementia Ventures p roject so for action consider Getting Involved! ACCESS & MOBILITY COMMITTEE ​ Identifies seniors’ concerns and needs regarding access and mobility ​ Develops strategies to address those concerns ​ Engages Partner Organizations in coordinated action to keep seniors active and safe within their neighbourhoods ​ WHAT HAVE WE DONE? ​ We recently completed Walk and Be Seen – Neighbourhood Projects 2017 – 2018. This was a pedestrian visibility project that encourages seniors to walk and be more visible during low-light hours. It reached >600 participants with education and visibility gear wiith funding from the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program. The final report is here . ​ To stay informed about current issues, we send a representative to connect with the City of Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee and to Seniors' Transportation is a Right meetings. ​ HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE ​ ​ Identifies key physical, social, and mental health issues of Westside Seniors ​ Prioritizes needs and find ways to address them through collaboration with Westside Seniors Hub Council, Hub Partners, other seniors serving organizations, and the community ​ Promotes awareness of seniors’ needs and advocate for change ​ WHAT HAVE WE DONE? ​ Through a partnership with the Alzheimer Society of BC, the Committee has offered two series of workshops to train more than 100 participants in how to create a more dementia-friendly community. Community members, volunteers & staff of the Hub's Westside Partners participated in the workshops. ​ In 2019, we initiated a collaboration with UBC and Lakehead University for active grassroots participation in the 4-year federally PHAC-funded umbrella project for Dementia Ventures . COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE ​ Provides resources for people who want to learn more about seniors’ serving organizations and their services on Vancouver’s Westside. ​ Creates online and print materials that are accessible to seniors, care partners, and the general public ​ Recruits volunteers withskills in website development & maintenance, photography, messaging, and publishing. WHAT HAVE WE DONE? ​ With a New Horizons for Seniors Program grant, we consulted with seniors for input on the Hub design of a logo, website, and print materials and conducted quality testing. We developed a Communications Plan for rolling out and maintaining the website. ​ The website is now being updated to showcase Dementia Ventures and the projects that Partners are initiating. Our communications invite more Partners, Council members and volunteers to join the Hub for collective action on issues affecting seniors! ​

  • Person Living with Dementia | Westside Seniors Hub

    PERSON LIVING WITH DEMENTIA You are invited to help: suggest & plan appealing activity options shape what ongoing social citizenship looks like build new attitudes within your community sustain your quality of life Hub Partners need to hear from you! Please: visit the Current Hub Partner Projects page to see which project is most attractive and contact the Partner sponsoring it.