SHARE support services

Suburbs

Older adults going through difficult times don't have to suffer alone. Our peer helpers are here to help.

Peer helpers are trained older-adult volunteers, who:

  • Provide one-to-one support for older adults going through tough times,
  • Offer information seminars on issues of interest to older adults, and
  • Facilitate support groups.

Our helpers complete a 30-hour training session, which focuses on communication skills and understanding the issues of aging.

Support groups

Peer helpers also facilitate the following support groups:

Caregiver support

The caregiver support group provides assistance and encouragement to primary caregivers. The group meets every five weeks at Rockway Centre to explore common difficulties and experiences in being a primary caregiver. Support is available from experienced facilitators, staff and community links.

Dementia Friendly Golf

Golf Fore Life is a specialized program supporting golfers living with dementia. The program is designed to provide those living with dementia a chance to continue playing, or return to, the sport they love.

This group meets Monday to Thursday mornings at Rockway Golf Course starting the week of June 17. For more information contact Julie Laderoute at 519-741-2200 ext. 5346. 

 

Volunteer Caddies are needed!

Do you have a passion for golf? Are you positive, encouraging and motivating? We are currently recruiting for volunteer caddies to support golfers during 9 holes of golf at Rockway Golf Course.

The program will begin the week of June 17th. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday - Thursday mornings. 7:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

For more information please contact Julie Laderoute at 519-741-2200 ext. 5346 

Mix and Mingle - Social group for men and women

This is a coffee and conversation group, where adults age 55 years and older:

  • Learn ways to build on life experience and enrich the lives of others
  • Make new friends
  • Share ideas
  • Socialize

This group meets the third Friday of every month at Rockway Centre, from 1 - 3 p.m.

Step Forward walking group

This is a year-round, weekly walking group for anyone who is going through a time of transition and would like to be involved in a loosely structured support program. Volunteers and staff guide the walk; all levels of fitness are welcome. You can move at your own pace and choose the distance you wish to walk.

The group meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Victoria Park or Activa Sportsplex, depending on the weather. Please call 519-741-2200, ext. 5346 Wednesdays after 8 a.m. to find out the location of the walk.

 Sharing Dance Seniors Program 

Sharing Dance Seniors is an accessible dance program developed to engage older adults in meaningful dance activity that benefits physical, cognitive and overall health. Classes are 60 minutes with both standing and seated options. An instructor from Canada's National Ballet School teachers the classes via video streaming from the studio in Toronto. 

Classes are offered at various locations across the city.

For more information, or to register contact Julie Laderoute at 519-741-2200 ext. 5346

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