How We Do It
Clubs & Classes – There are a myriad of ways to stay active at Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre. Whether it’s through dance, art, cards or singing we offer clubs and classes for people of all skill and activity levels.
Events & Outreach – We host a number of special events including a weekly outreach program for local isolated seniors called Tea & Conversation. For many of the participants, it’s their only opportunity to get out and interact socially during the week.
Services – A Boutique and Next-to-New Shop provide gifts and gently used clothes at low prices, our Kitchen volunteers prepare light lunches, the Travel Desk volunteers plan excursions, and regularly scheduled visits from Professional Services (lawyer and podiatrist) all of which benefit seniors in our community.
Funding continues to be very challenging. We are facing increased costs for utilities, salaries, supplies and programs. In 2014 FCSS agreed to 3 years of continued funding, but at the same time the opportunity for funding from casinos has been reduced to once every 2 years instead of annually.
- Our greatest challenge is to secure funds for our Tea and Conversation Program (T&C). Every Thursday, over 130 seniors attend the event, and we provide transportation for up to 45 isolated seniors in the area to ensure they have an opportunity to connect with others. Live music, dancing, snacks and lively conversation help keep this vulnerable population active and engaged. Our Board recognizes the substantial benefits of the program to seniors living in isolation and is dedicated to keeping T&C active, even though the $45,000/year cost is substantial for our organization. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find adequate sponsorship for this life-changing program and with casino funds no longer coming annualy, it has become critical to find an alternative solution.