Community Helpers

The Community Helpers project is offered through the Keeping Seniors Connected: Ottawa Impact Initiative, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. This collective impact initiative’s intended outcome is to reduce social isolation among older adults. Partners working on this initiative include: Ottawa West Community Support, Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre, the Council on Aging, Southeast Ottawa Community Health Centre, Catholic Centre for Immigration, Social Planning Council, Ottawa Ethno-cultural Coalition and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC).

WOCRC’s Community Helpers training program curriculum was developed in partnership with Algonquin College as a way to reach out to isolated seniors in our communities. Recognizing that organizations cannot reach all of these seniors on our own, the training gives community members the knowledge and tools to help support this work. The training has been delivered to wide audiences, including seniors themselves, volunteers, staff and caregivers, with positive feedback. The modules are presented in a practical, hands-on manner that will enhance and promote opportunities to apply learning to real-life situations. This training is being offered free of charge.

There are 8 modules, which are:

  1. Health and wellness (part 2: Fall prevention and home safety)
  2. Aging and Mental health
  3. Loneliness and social isolation
  4. Life transitions
  5. Caregiver support
  6. Diversity
  7. Elder abuse
  8. Community resources

For further information, please call Megan Richards at (613) 591 - 3686 ext. 3 or email Megan at richards@wocrc.ca