Mayor Matt Brown, members of the community and City staff gathered today to officially open the Trinity Seniors’ Satellite with a ribbon cutting ceremony and community celebration.
Trinity on Hale United Church Community Centre, located at 76 Doulton Street, is the newest seniors’ satellite location to open in London. The City operates six other locations serving the Argyle, Central, Westmount, Westminster, Pond Mills and North London communities.
Collectively, the satellites host over 460 members, and each week provide recreation and leisure programs for members to meet new friends, exercise, volunteer, and learn new skills in a supportive and accessible environment.
“The Seniors’ Satellites have become an important part of our community; offering older adults the opportunity to meet new friends, participate in a variety of recreation and social programs, and volunteer, all within close proximity to their homes, said Lynne Livingstone, Managing Director of Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services. Each satellite, although in different London neighbourhoods, will always be welcoming, accessible, diverse, inclusive and age friendly.”
“These satellite locations allow us to provide services for London seniors right in their own neighbourhoods. It connects them with their peers and builds a sense of community,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “We’re committed to being an age friendly city in every possible way.”
The annual membership fee to a Seniors’ Satellite is $9.76 + HST. Thanks to funding provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund Grant, the cost of programs will be waived until the end of March 2018. After March 30, 2018, any program with a qualified/certified instructor, will be $2 per class. Any class led by a volunteer or one that does not require an instructor, is included in the membership. Programs and activities at Trinity Seniors’ Satellite take place on Thursday from 1-4 p.m.
The opening of Trinity Seniors’ Satellite supports the City’s strategic focus of building a healthy, safe and accessible city by supporting all Londoners to age well and have opportunities to reach their full potential. The opening also aligns with the City’s commitment to being an age friendly city. In 2010, the City of London became the first city in Canada to join the World Health Organization (WHO), Global Network of Age Friendly Cities. Over 100 volunteer older adults, caregivers, service providers work collectively to improve the age friendliness of our community.
Visit www.london.ca/seniors to view the program line-ups at all satellite locations