City celebrates first seniors’ satellite location
Members of the community, the London Public Library, City staff and Councillor
Bill Armstrong gathered at the East London Public Library to officially open the
City’s first Seniors’ Centre satellite location with a ribbon cutting ceremony
and community celebration.
The City is in the process of implementing a three year strategic plan developed
for the Seniors’ Centres and endorsed by City Council. Currently the City
operates the Kiwanis Seniors’ Community Centre and Hamilton Road Seniors’ Centre
and Community Centre which have been popular community hubs offering older
adults in London recreation and leisure opportunities for over forty years.
The new strategic direction will focus on moving to a “hub and satellite” model
of service delivery. The current facilities will be the "hubs" and continue to
provide a number of services for older adults including daily activities,
special events, day trips, Spectrum programs, food services and access to
information. Partnerships will be developed with existing organizations to form
"satellites". Satellite arrangements will provide access to services, daily
activities and programs for adults 55 and over at neighbourhood locations
throughout the city.
“The City continually strives to identify opportunities for improvement at our
centres, aiming to enhance the experience for the members as well as the broader
community,” said Lynne Livingstone, Managing Director of Neighbourhood, Children
and Fire Services.
The London Public Library is an integral partner in this initiative, providing
the programming space required, and adding additional complementary program
opportunities during satellite hours.
“The Argyle Seniors’ Satellite is the first of its kind in London. Recognizing
the value community recreation programs play in building strong and healthy
residents and neighbourhoods I am excited this initiative has come to fruition.
I continue to be a strong supporter of the current work being done,” said Ward 2
Councillor Bill Armstrong.
The annual membership fee to the Argyle Seniors’ Satellite is $10. Programs and
activities run Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The programs offered will mimic the
core programs available at the hubs, and the programming lineup will rely on the
suggestions and requests of the satellite members. Members will also receive
discounted rates on Spectrum programs and bus trips offered at the hub