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Berkshire Urban Poling

Berkshire Seniors' Satellite


Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at The Berkshire Club, 500 Berkshire Drive

 

Membership


Membership is only $10.25 + HST ($11.60) per year! 

Memberships can be purchased at the satellite (between 12 pm and 4 pm) each Tuesday, online, or at one of our Customer Service Centres.  For those unable to meet the full cost, financial assistance may be available.  Your membership expires one year from date of purchase.  Memberships can be purchased on site at the satellite each week, by cash or cheque only (cheques are to be made payable to 'The City of London').  You may also call our Customer Service line at 519-661-5575 with a credit card, visit a Customer Service Centre to use your debit or credit card, or purchase memberships online using a credit card.


What Members of the Satellite Receive:

  • Unlimited access to core programs and activities (as listed below) at your satellite location (minimal additional fees may be incurred by those participating in fitness and yoga class, and for special events);
  • An opportunity to help plan programs at the satellite location;
  • An opportunity to share skills and knowledge with others about favourite activities and hobbies;
  • An opportunity to stay connected to Kiwanis & Hamilton Road Seniors' Centres through newsletters and information;
  • Discount on Spectrum programs offered at Kiwanis & Hamilton Road Seniors' Centres, and the discounted 'member' rate on day bus trips at the Centres.


Program Planning


Programs are planned per the input and suggestions of the satellite members.  If you have a program idea, please drop by the Greeter's Desk at the satellite to chat with City of London staff.  If you have a talent or hobby (such as knitting, quilting, gardening, scrapbooking, dance, etc.) that you would like to volunteer to teach, please also let us know!  We would like to be able to switch up programs regularly to suit everyone's interests and needs.  We aim to provide programs in all the 7 Dimensions of Wellness (physical, spiritual, emotional, occupational, social, environmental, and intellectual).

We’re Ensuring a Supportive Environment for Everyone: The Seniors’ Satellite staff are newly certified in ‘dementia friendliness’ through the Alzheimer Society London Middlesex.  This certification course provides staff with additional knowledge and compassion to support those with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.  Each of our Greeters/front desk staff at each satellite location, and those instructors with a star (*) next to their program name, have successfully completed the training.  Additional staff will be trained over the next few months.  Our programs remain welcoming, friendly, and accessible for all.  Any caregiver/support person may attend the satellites free of charge (with the expectation that the caregiver will provide support to the member at all times).

Also, the majority of the Seniors' Satellite staff are newly certified in 'Sensitivity Awareness Training for persons with physical disabilities' through the March of Dimes.  This includes physical disabilities, hearing or sight impairments and more. Instructors with a plus sign (+) next to their class name have been certified to date.


Program Costs


Programs are included in membership fee unless otherwise noted. If a class requires having professional, certified and qualified instructors, members will pay $2.50 per class.  Members can purchase a 'Fitness Card' from the Greeter's Desk ($25 for 10 classes, no expiry), or pay $2.50 each class. 

 

2019 Fall Schedule (September 3 - December 20, 2019)

*programs are subject to change per space and instructor availability


Tuesdays

Time Location Program/Description

Cost

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pool Viewing Area

Social Time & Cards

We have cards, we have coffee, tea and snacks for $0.50/each! Meet some new friends and join
in a game or two.

Free with
membership
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Main Hall

*Zumba

This program is specifically designed for the beginner. We will teach you basic Latin dance
steps to some great music!

$2.50/class with
membership
12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. Main Hall

*+Beginner Line Dancing 

You have seen people doing it, and it looks like fun, but where would you start? Try it right here!
A class for the beginner line dancer. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes for class. 

$2.50/class with membership
1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Main Hall

*+Line Dancing - Level 2

Just like above with a number of new steps and song added. Join us for some fun! Participants
must wear closed-toed shoes for class.

$2.50/class with
membership
2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Main Hall

*Balance Core Yoga

This class is very similar to seated yoga, but we are adding a balance component. Most moves
are done while seated in a chair. Please bring your own yoga mat.

$2.50/class with
membership
3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. Main Hall

*+Mat Yoga

Expanding your mind, body and spirit with loving kindness. Gentle moves, poses and stretches
with a variety of options for you. Please bring your own yoga blocks and mat. Modifications
will be done for those wishing to stay seated in a chair.

$2.50/class with
membership

 

 

Volunteering


The City of London invites you to help enrich the lives of older adults in our community.  Volunteer opportunities are available supporting Kiwanis Seniors' Community Centre and Hamilton Road Seniors' Community Centre at the satellite locations.

Possible positions available:

  • Greeter
  • Program Instructor (under any of the dimensions of wellness: physical, social, environmental, occupational, spiritual, emotional, intellectual)

 

Fill out your application today!

 

Qualifications

Vulnerable Persons Police Check: It is necessary that each volunteer have a Vulnerable Person Police Check completed, satisfactory to the requirements and standards of the City of London.  Volunteers are responsible for paying for their own check ($15), and renewals every 2 years.


It is the responsibility of staff and volunteers to monitor when their qualifications are up for renewal.  Police checks are required to be submitted every two years (prior to the expiry date).  When a check expires after the first year, volunteers will be able to sign a letter of declaration to extend their check for one additional year.  Please note that typically it takes approximately 10-15 working days for Police Checks to be processed (volunteers are unable to begin their position with the City until their Police Check is on file).

 

Confidentiality

All volunteers are required to submit a signed Confidentiality Waiver.  Volunteers will be provided the waiver at training.

 

The Berkshire Seniors' Satellite is offered to the community in partnership with Sifton Properties

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