News for Staff and Volunteers of Seniors Organizations
Improving social inclusion for Edmonton seniors
On January 21, ESCC submitted a concept proposal for a project to increase the social inclusion of seniors in Edmonton to the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for Pan-Canadian projects. We hope to receive an invitation to submit a fully-developed proposal later this spring, with implementation of approved projects to begin later this summer.
Our proposal will include projects and ideas from organizations in Edmonton which want to collaborate to increase social inclusion for seniors. If we are invited to submit a proposal, we will have a very short window of opportunity to receive community-based collaborative proposals for activities that will align with NHSP objectives and our Collective Impact Plan. We are encouraging potential partners to start work now on outlining projects and making connections.
Our Next Steps document outlines our call for Edmonton communities to brainstorm ways of engaging seniors and breaking down barriers to inclusion that are faced by many vulnerable groups. We are looking to support and build on existing knowledge, experience, and networks; and to create new relationships and partnerships that will lead to greater sustainable capacity, engagement, and social inclusion of seniors. Please share the document widely and use it to stimulate and facilitate conversations that will lead to more great work in Edmonton.
Contact Tim Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
City of Edmonton Approach to Supporting Seniors’ Centres 2019
At the January 30 Community and Public Services Committee meeting, the City of Edmonton Approach to Supporting Seniors' Centres 2019 report was presented for information.
The document outlines the City of Edmonton’s approach to supporting seniors centres which will replace the Seniors’ Centres Plan 2011-2021 following its expiry in 2021.
The approach considers challenges such as sustainability, volunteer capacity, program/service delivery, and metrics as well as opportunities such as inclusion and intergenerational connections. Four strategic directions are outlined:
- Strategic Direction 1: Update the Current Funding Model
- Strategic Direction 2: Foster Inclusive, Responsive, Innovative and Measurable Practices
- Strategic Direction 3: Foster Sustainable and Equitable Services and Programming
- Strategic Direction 4: Focus on Relationships and Partnerships
The City’s administration team committed to two phases of implementation for the Approach to Supporting Seniors’ Centres. In phase one they will consult and engage seniors sector stakeholders, including ESCC, in an advisory capacity to determine the best way to implement strategic directions 2, 3 and 4.
The Committee asked Administration to return with a report of phase one in September of 2020. At that time the City’s administration team will be asked for plans for the funding model (strategic direction 1), which would comprise phase two of the roll out of the approach.
Community Garden Grant
If you are looking for funding to support the costs of goods and services needed to start, expand or repair a community garden site, consider applying for Sustainable Food Edmonton’s Community Garden Grant. To learn more or to get the grant process started contact Junetta Jamerson at email@example.com. The first intake deadline is February 28 and the second intake deadline is May 31.
Reducing social isolation for seniors
The Forum of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors has developed three supplements to its 2017 Social Isolation of Seniors toolkit. The new supplements focus on the social inclusion needs of three specific sub populations believed to be at higher risk of social isolation:
These supplements can help individuals and communities better understand the issue of social isolation and identify ways to address and prevent it.
Here’s to the community champions. The ones who build innovative, inspired, healthy, just, and sustainable communities. The knowledge holders. Gift sharers. Trail blazers. Ground breakers.
Celebrate seniors. Celebrate community. The 13th Annual Sage Awards. Nominate a senior you know today.
Nominations are now open and close February 28, 2019. You can nominate a senior in three different ways:
- Complete the online form
- Download the form to print and return by mail or email
- Contact Emily Weisbrot to receive the nomination form by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-701-9010.
Nominees and award recipients will be honoured at the 13th Annual Sage Awards on June 6, 2019 during seniors’ week. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning on January 22. For more information, visit www.mysage.ca/events/awards.
Guides to free essential software for nonprofits
A recent series of articles by Charity Village outlines free software that nonprofits can access to enhance their operations:
- Productivity tools (email, document creation and storage)
- Marketing tools (websites, email marketing, and social media)
- Back office tools (contact management, finance, payment, and communication)
A Guide to Mobility and Independence
The Medically At-Risk Driver Centre has released the 9th edition of the Guide to Mobility and Independence. The guide contains information on essential services such as meal delivery and grocery shopping, aids to daily living, home care, support groups, and transportation providers. The majority of organizations have a focus on seniors, offer in-home services, or offer seniors a discount towards their services.
The guide is available in PDF and print formats at no cost to individuals and organizations. Print copies can be ordered from Medically At-Risk Driver Centre at 780-492-6273 or email@example.com. The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council also has copies of the print version you can pick up.
Nominations Open for Minister's Seniors Service Awards
The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards recognize outstanding contributions of Albertans of any age who volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of seniors.
Alberta Seniors and Housing is accepting nominations for the 2019 awards in three award categories:
- Alice Modin Award
Nominees will be recognized at community celebrations to be held across Alberta during the summer. The Minister will select award recipients to be honoured at a special ceremony in the fall of 2019.
The nomination deadline is February 28, 2019.
Vital Topic: Senior Women
Edmonton Community Foundation and Edmonton Social Planning Council
Did you know that 55.6% of seniors in Edmonton are women and that part-time work is more common among senior women? The most recent Vital Topic released as part of Edmonton Vital Signs focuses on Senior Women. The document provides a snapshot of information such as income, living arrangements, health and wellness, and engagement and social isolation.