SENIORS SCENE: Volunteers will be needed when centre re-opens

SENIORS SCENE: Volunteers will be needed when centre re-opens

Helpers vital to success of Kent Street activities and programs

Another Kent Street Activity Centre group has come forward to give a generous donation to the White Rock-South Surrey Food Bank. Thank you so much to the Kent Street Seniors Society. The KSSS is the fundraising arm of the centre and is responsible for co-ordinating the many special fundraising events such as the book and bake sale, plant sale, bridge tournaments and more. The committee is always looking for volunteers to assist with fundraising.

Volunteers are a vital link to the success of Kent Street Activity Centre’s programs and events. Opportunities are also available in the coffee shop. When the centre re-opens, please give us a call at 604-541-2231 and find out how you can become involved.

• The White Rock Library is offering e-cards to residents who don’t already have a Fraser Valley Regional Library card so they can get 24/7 access to digital collections at www.fvrl.ca Find eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and TV, magazines, eLearning and other resources for all ages.

• Just a reminder that the City of White Rock has closed the waterfront promenade to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of visitors to the seaside waterfront. You can still get outside for some fresh air and a walk on the beach. There are two access points to the beach; one at the foot of Cypress Street and another at Bay Street.

• Choose to Move is a free and flexible program that provides seniors with the motivation and support to become more active. Choose to Move is great for anyone age 65 and older who wants to become active, regardless of ability. During this current crisis it is important for seniors to stay physically active and socially connected since, we know, there are so many health benefits. Check out https://www.choosetomove.ca/for-participants for a collection of trusted resources to help keep you active and connected.

• The Seniors Come Share Society is working closely with community partners to implement Seniors Centre Without Walls (SCWW) and bring you extra programming during the COVID-19 crisis so you can stay connected while staying safe. This is a free, interactive telephone-based program that connects seniors 55+ in all sorts of recreational activities, health and wellness talks and friendly conversations. For more information or to register for the program please call 604-531-9400, ext. 205, or email scww@comeshare.ca

• The United Way of the Lower Mainland has made it easier for people to seek help or volunteer their time during the COVID-19 pandemic. UWLM’s new Mobilizing Local Love initiative is an online platform where folks can select what type of help they need, or choose from a number of different volunteer jobs. Check out uwlm.ca/mobilizing-local-love, if you are in need of help such as dog walking, yard work, friendly check-ins and even technology. People wanting to volunteer their time and talent can help with some of the above-mentioned tasks, or things like sewing masks, delivering meals or grocery shopping. Remember, if you are over 65 years of age, call 211 to be connected to the Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program.

The Kent Street Activity Centre located at 1475 Kent St. is open to persons 55 years of age or better. For more information, please call the Centre at 604-541-2231.

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