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South Simcoe, South Georgian Bay, Barrie, Orillia and North Simcoe. Volunteer Connection wants to promote awareness of the many meaningful opportunities older adults have to participate in events in Simcoe County. Visit the website for social clubs, activity calendars, virtual activites and special interest clubs.
Community Connection - A discussion on Social Isolation and Social Connection in Simcoe County
Community Connection is a non-profit information and referral service accredited by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). Our mission is to create and improve access to services for people. The core areas of work are, providing call centre services for 211, a national 24/7 helpline that connects people to essential services; maintaining a database of community resources and supporting online directories for public access; and producing reports on community needs/trends, and service gaps to support community planning. Another important area of our work is in our community where we are involved in numerous partnerships, shared service initiatives, and collective impact projects that are collaborative approaches to improve and support access to services for people. Several years ago, Community Connection established a volunteer program with the goal to connect volunteers to organizations and increase awareness of the impact of volunteering in our community.
A recent survey completed by more than 800 people over the age of 55 living in Simcoe County has provided insight to new perspectives on social engagement. The project team made up of a cross-sector of community leaders and service providers aimed to “Reducing Senior Social Isolation” in Simcoe County, surveyed seniors during the month of September 2021 for feedback on their level of social activity, their interests and how best to become or stay involved in their communities in meaningful ways.
Click on the links below to view the survey and survey results:
Independent Living Services (ILS) Simcoe County is looking for people with lived experience to become Board Members. We welcome applicants with relevant lived experience and candidates with a broad reflection of identities including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2SI+, age, abilities and socioeconomic background. Internationally trained professionals welcome. In our efforts to be inclusive, accommodations, accessible formats, and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (705) 737-3263. Application Forms can also be found at: Seeking Volunteer Board Members. ILS works to help adults with disabilities and seniors remain active members of their communities and thrive as independent individuals in their homes, we are seeking members with lived experience from communities throughout Simcoe County.
Hon. Merrilee Fullerton, Ministry of Long-Term Care with Jane Sinclair, Chair AdvantAge Ontario Board of Directors and General Manager, County of Simcoe Health and Emergency Services.
Over 100 attendees from the business community, public and non-profit sectors, and academia joined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for a conference entitled "Ontario’s Aging Population" to mark National Seniors Day. Jane Sinclair was asked to Moderate as Chair of Advantage Ontario and spoke to some of the County of Simcoe's key accomplishments and innovations; for example, Seniors Campus (Georgian Village); the County of Simcoe's Age- Friendly work on developing a Positive Aging Strategy; as well as the new Age-Friendly Business Recognition Program.