Active 55+

55+, Seniors & Rockmosa Older Adults Centre


 


G.E.T. Active 55+

Funded By
 
The Township of Guelph/Eramosa was pleased to receive a grant from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund to implement a number of programs that encourage the seniors in our community to live healthy and active lifestyles.
 

The goal of the grant is to increase opportunities for sport and recreation participation, implement physical literacy in sport and recreation activity as a foundation for lifelong participation and, strengthen the community sport and recreation sector by building capacity.

The three programs proposed through the grant application will:

1.   Help us expand our existing Active 55+ program

2.   Introduce new drop-in programs.

3.   Introduce an equipment loan program.


Recreational Drop-in Activities

Drop-in programs are a great way to participate in sport and fitness activities.

We listened during the Parks & Recreation Master Plan process and to our Active 55+ Participants. As a result of this feedback, during the Spring of 2016 the Township has launched drop-in groups for walking/hiking, badminton, pickleball, shuffleboard, darts, and gardening. If there is another activity that interests you, please let us know! 

Looking to Join a Drop-in Activity Now?

All fitness programs are currently running and will finish the week of June 30, 2017.

Monday

Chess

Older Adult Centre

10am – 12pm

Tuesday

Shuffleboard

Rockmosa Community Centre

1 – 3pm

Wednesday

Pickleball

Rockmosa

Community

Centre

1 – 3pm

Wednesday Darts Older Adult Centre 1-3pm (Beginning March 8)

Thursday

Euchre

Older Adult Centre

1 – 4pm

Friday

Senior Social

Older Adult Centre

11:30am – 1pm

How will the drop-in groups work?

Most drop-in groups will run weekly. Depending on the activity, there could be a minimal fee to cover the cost of supplies or the rental of the facility. Each group will be led by one or two volunteer convenors (leaders) who will help you sign in and explain the format of the group.

Once you have signed in, you are welcome to warm up and participate. Each group may operate a little differently from the others depending on the convenor(s) and participants. The main goal is to get out, be active and connect with others who may share the same interests or hobbies.

If you are not familiar with the activity, the Township can offer introduction classes through the Active 55+ program. For some activities the convenor(s) may be able to demonstrate.

Volunteer! 

To keep the recreational drop-in programs running we need volunteers to act as convenors (leaders) for each group or activity. If you have a passion for a sport or activity and are willing to commit up to two hours each week, please consider volunteering for this valuable and rewarding program.

Not able to commit 1-2 hours every week? We would be happy to explore convenor partnerships or a bi-weekly or monthly group.

The Township will provide the facility, equipment and marketing for the activity or group. We ask that our convenors open the space (if necessary), greet and sign in the participants. Training will be provided to each volunteer convenor to ensure they are comfortable with assigned tasks and roles.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please speak with the Community Programs Coordinator.

Equipment LoaN Program

The Township is launching an Equipment Loan Program to allow drop-in programs to operate at a low cost. Also, it allows the seniors of our community to try different sports and activities before investing in the equipment required to participate.

Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, the Township will be purchasing the following equipment: Nordic poles, tennis racquets, indoor shuffleboard mats, badminton and pickleball equipment, outdoor ping pong table and bocce balls. If you have suggestions for additional or alternative equipment please let us know!

The equipment will be available through the Rockmosa Older Adult Centre (inside the Rockwood Library). Equipment may also be available at alternative facilities based on the location of the drop-in group. 

For more information please contact the community programs coordinator at 519-856-9596 ext. 139 or kcoultis@get.on.ca