Volunteer Victoria is inviting Seniors on the Westshore to participate in their Senior Circles Project, a conversation focusing on seniors’ volunteering. The first conversation will be held at the Juan de Fuca Library from 1-3PM on Tuesday, November 27th.
Senior Circles builds on learning from a 2017 Volunteer Victoria study of more than 500 local seniors. They learned that volunteering is a value and is not just an activity for seniors.
As seniors age into their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s seniors’: need more flexibility; often self-restrict their volunteering to activities within their home or close to their home; greatly value connections in their neighbourhood; and need activities where they are supported by ‘others’ in case of illness, transportation issues, or the need to take care of other family members. Some seniors mentioned that they struggle to find volunteer positions close to home. Others mentioned that they stop volunteering sooner, when they feel unseen and isolated.
This project explores the creation of new tools to help seniors stay engaged and connected through new circles of support, and shares what we learn with other neighbourhoods and communities.
For more information and to register for this conversation, Click here. To arrange a drive to and from SIRC, please call 250-478-5150.