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Seniors Come Share Society: Much more than bingo and beading!


Seniors Come Share Society: Much more than bingo and beading!
You might have heard that seniors’ programs are about bingo and having a cup of tea.

That certainly isn’t the case at the Seniors Come Share Society. Here, senirs enjoy activities like bocce ball, Java Music, pizza-making and spa services, and that’s only the Day Programs.

This nonprofit organization started as a grassroots movement in 1977. It was a labor of love for six caring individuals who saw friends and neighbours struggling to meet their basic needs. Often living alone, they felt isolated.

“We started with a one-year grant from the Government of Canada and it grew from there,” says Executive Director Sue McIntosh. “Our society was designed to keep older adults in their homes longer by offering supports and services within the community to stay connected.”
Empower – Engage – Educate
Today the Society offers 25 different programs, which include everything from its popular Community Lunches at the Kent Street Activity Centre to Friendly Visitor and Income Tax assistance.

The flagship of the Seniors Come Share Society is the Day Program, offering a range of recreational programs, opportunities to socialize with peers, health monitoring, and exercises and games that strengthen and promote safety. These programs provide an opportunity for isolated seniors to meet new friends, stay physically active and keep mentally stimulated.

The Society also recognizes that caregivers need assistance too. It features a wide selection of educational and support sessions such as workshops and Caregiver Café.

The Seniors Come Share Society is proactive when it comes to adverse issues facing seniors. When staff learned that some 80+ seniors were waiting for hours outside the Surrey Food Bank to get much-needed food items, often in rain and snow, the Society acted immediately. “We partnered with the city of Surrey and the Surrey Food Bank to ensure our seniors don’t have to wait outside,” says Sue. “Rather than having to stand in line to maintain their spot, they can now go to the Recreation Centre for some nourishment and socializing while they wait.”

In 2015 the Society connected with over 75,000 seniors and their families, an impressive 48% increase from the year before.

Sue went on to say: “Our team does a great job … over the last 40 years, wehave made a huge difference in people’s lives by engaging them in the community. This makes a healthier and more inclusive community for all. We are always looking for partners who also want to improve the lives of the older adults in our community. Let’s talk.”

 

Seniors Come Share Society
15008 26th Avenue, Surrey
604 531-2502
www.comeshare.ca
8:30 am – 4:00 pm  Monday – Friday

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