Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society was incorporated as a not-for-profit, charitable organization on October 19, 1976. During its early years, Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society was devoted to providing recreational, social and leisure activities and services to community seniors.
Locating a constant funding source was a continual challenge, and after an arduous battle, Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society obtained a contract to operate an Adult Day Program three days per week with secure funding from the Ministry of Health. The City of Vancouver provided a community service grant to offset the costs of the other two ‘community days’.
Currently Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society is still under contract to Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for ADC services and receiving funding from the City of Vancouver. In addition, SMART funds provide for a “Wheels to Meals and Congregate Lunch” program.
During its 43 years of existence, Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society has changed homes four times. Initially located in the vacated nuns residence at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, the Centre moved to Beaconsfield United Church basement after one year, then to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church hall on 23rd, and finally to their current location beside Three Links Care Centre on 22nd and Renfrew.
Although this brief history cannot begin to describe the struggles that faced Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society, its current success can only be credited to the undying devotion and commitment of many of its staff, board members and volunteers. They are what makes Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society what it is, and what our slogan exudes – “Taking Seniors to Heart”.
To enhance the quality of life of aging adults within their community by promoting wellness and independence through the provision of a safe and caring environment.
To be a Center of excellence providing quality and innovative leadership in programs dedicated to seniors.
In fulfillment of our mission and in pursuit of our vision, we value:
- Team Work
- Quality of life for our clients, staff, and volunteers
- Welcoming, warm atmosphere
Adult Day Program
The Adult Day Program provides a variety of therapeutic programs and services. We assist aging adults and seniors who require support because of health-related challenges. This reduces isolation and enables our seniors to maintain their independence at home and in the community.
Monday to Friday – 10AM – 2PM
Program Costs – Activity & Lunch: $6 + Transportation both ways via HandyDART): $4
Our Adult Day Program provides administrative staff, a nursing professional, activity workers, and a cook. Health care and support services include a therapeutic exercise program, foot care, dementia support, medication management and review, health monitoring, caregiver support and education, and wellness education. Services also include a hot lunch service (take-out frozen meals are available) and a broad range of recreational opportunities.
All participants in the program must be referred by a case manager at the Community Health Unit of Vancouver Coastal Health. To get your loved one involved, please call VCH’s Central Intake Line at 604-263-7377 and leave a detailed message with your contact information. A staff member will return your call.
A Day at the Centre
10:00 – 10:30AM – Members Arrive (Via HandyDART or dropped off by family)
10:30 – 11:00AM – Morning Social (Tea/Coffee and Muffin)
11:00AM – 12:00PM – Balance & Strength Exercise Program (Sit Fit and Stand Fit)
12:00 – 1:00PM – Lunch (The lunch schedule can be viewed in our monthly newsletter).
1:00 – 2:00PM- Afternoon Program (The program schedule can be viewed in our monthly newsletter).
2:00 – 2:30PM – Members Leave (HandyDART arrives or picked up by family)
Community Day Program
The Community Day Program is currently suspended due to COVID-19.
The Community Day Program provides a coordinated service to independent aging adults and seniors. The program offers opportunities for seniors to socialize with their peers, engage in educational workshops/discussions, and enjoy recreational activities to enhance independent living skills.
Saturday – 10AM – 2PM (Saturday Bingo starts at 1PM)
Program Costs – Activity & Lunch: $6
Please call or drop by the centre and we would be glad to assist you with a membership.
A Day at the Centre
10:00 – 10:30AM – Members Arrive (Transportation arranged independently)
10:30 – 11:00AM – Morning Social (Tea/Coffee and Muffin)
11:00AM – 12:00PM – Featured Program (Active Game, Creative Expression Programs, Exercise)
12:00 – 1:00PM – Lunch
1:00 – 2:00PM- Bingo ($2.50 to play includes one card, $0.50 per additional card)
2:00 – 2:30PM – Members Leave
Please note some activities have been suspended or modified to align with COVID safety protocols.
Getting our bodies moving to get a little blood flowing!
Bean Bag Toss
Ready, aim, bulls-eye! A fun target practice game that will keep you fit while having fun.
A guaranteed crowd pleaser! Gets us up and moving, and is always good for a giggle and a bit of healthy competition.
Practice your aim while having fun and getting in some exercise!
Keep the ball up and hit it over and into the net to beat your opposing team for a little competition.
A classic game with different strategies!
This old-time game will bring back your best childhood memories.
Minute to Win it
No time to waste! Share some giggles with your friends in this fun and dynamic mini-game challenge involving cup-stacking and shuffleboard.
Table Shuffle Board
This game is an adapted version where we use bottles and a table for lots of fun and healthy competition
We are exploring the world from the comfort of our chairs with the latest technology.
Arts and Crafts
Programs include baking, painting, scrapbooking, drawing, card-making, and decorating – let us know what your talents are and we would love to develop a program for you to share your skills!
Nerve-wracking maybe, but fun absolutely! Always a favorite here at Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society. Bingo takes place on Saturday afternoons at 1:00PM with our Community Day Program.
Games that stimulate our brains for optimal mental health!
Sit around the table, chat, and play one of your favorite table games. Anyone for Scrabble?
You don’t need spandex or Olivia Newton-John for this workout! Word search, trivia games, crossword puzzles – it’s all about brain power.
Keep your memory sharp – look back at the good old days and share your stories. Perhaps you can “Shake Loose A Memory” with us!
Our Centre is so diverse! Let’s try to understand each other better by learning about our similarities and differences, and phrases in different languages.
Park, restaurant, or picnic – bus trips are always fun and exciting! Outings are generally available from May to August.
All our entertainers are highly skilled and committed to sharing their craft with us!
Sing-a-long with the Crow City Singers
The Crow City Singers will get your vocal cords working and you just may give Celine Dion a run for her money.
Guitarist and singer, John Cronin will entertain us and keep us stomping and dancing. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon with us to delight your soul. Listen to the beautiful sounds of his guitar and voice!
Health Arts Society
We have been lucky to host stimulating musical and theatrical performances from the Health Arts Society. They provide 45-minute performances to the community in various healthcare settings.
Maryanne Chu comes by to instruct us in gentle chair yoga. Get ready to relax, stretch, and relieve some stress with this ancient form of exercise. Your body and mind will love you for it.
Sit Fit & Stand Fit
The Sit Fit and Stand Fit Programs offer strength and balance exercises to seniors of various mobility skills. It’s a great way to get our bodies moving to improve mobility and reduce the risk of falling. Staff members are trained in the SteadyFeet curriculum and facilitate the programs on a daily basis.
Join the gardening enthusiasts to enjoy the sunshine and keep up our little flower and herb garden.
Pets and Friends
Enjoy visits with specially-trained companion animals from Pets and Friends Society and Mike’s Critters. Animal visits help to relieve stress, increase optimism, and address the basic human need for companionship.
Get a little spoiled and look posh!
Beauty Spa with Tracy
Pamper yourself by getting your nails done and feel good about it!
Massage and relax your hands for a moment, a therapeutic experience.