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Good Neighbours Active Living Centre Fun Fact Sheet
- Good Neighbours is considered to be a multi-purpose senior centre by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) because we meet three criteria:
- We have a community-based board of directors
- We have professional staff
- Programming is diverse (educational, social, health, recreation)
- We are one of the largest senior centres in the city! Membership if $35 per year.
- Over 60 programs taught by qualified instructors are offered monthly such as art, fitness, computers, line dancing, etc. Participants pay a reasonable fee for 8 week classes. If program fees cause a financial hardship, members can discuss this confidentially with a member of the staff who may be able to make other payment arrangements.
- Just as important as the classes, other services are provided to members such as: individual health consultations, information & referral, and foot care.
- GNALC was awarded Accreditation Status through Imagine Canada’s Standards Program in 2014 by demonstrating excellence in five areas of operations—Governance, Financial Accountability and Transparency, Fundraising, Staff Management and Volunteer Involvement.
- We have approximately 260 volunteers listed in the office. The Centre would not be able to exist without the dedication and assistance of all our volunteers.
- In order to coordinate all the classes, instructors, social services, volunteers and finances, staff is required.
- It takes approximately $1,500 a day to keep the doors open at the Centre. We are partially funded by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (approximately 10%). Other funds come from program and membership fees and fundraising efforts.
- We moved into our facility at 720 Henderson Hwy. on July 15, 2009. The facility is shared with Bronx Park Community Club, and is the first of its kind in Winnipeg. With 28,000 square feet, a variety of programs and services are available to all ages.
- HOBNOBS is our full service cafe, which is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm. Hobnobs is a great place to have coffee and/or lunch and socialize with friends.
- Good Neighbours operates a used bookstore which is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Besides used books, cd’s, dvd’s and jigsaw puzzles are also available for purchase.
- River East-Seniors Resource Finder offers such services as information/referral, assistance with forms, Daily Hello (daily/weekly phone calls), E.R.I.K (Emergency Response Information Kit), River East Rides for Seniors, River East Congregate Meal Program (1100 Henderson) and the Parkside Plaza Meal Program (1630 Henderson). For more information contact Michelle at 204-667-6812.
- Supports to Seniors provides support to tenants at 1080 & 1100 Henderson Hwy and 210 & 220 Oakland. Staff work with tenants to assist in identifying and implementing resources and information that would help them better maintain their independence. Staff also provide opportunities that encourage socialization. This program is fully funded by the WRHA.
- The city-wide Home Maintenance Program provides support to people 55+ who need assistance with home maintenance tasks, such as housekeeping, yard work, meal preparation and handyman jobs. All workers are over the age of 50. They are interviewed, reference checked and criminal record checked. For more information, call 204-806-1303.
- The United Way of Winnipeg provides funding for outreach to isolated seniors and program development in the Elmwood/East Kildonan area.
- The Healthy Aging Resource Team (HART) is made up of an occupational therapist and registered dietitian. They have an office located at Good Neighbours Active Living Centre. The Healthy Aging Resource Team works in the community to promote health and increase awareness about injury and illness prevention through health clinics and presentations. HARTs also provide individual consultation for self-management of chronic diseases, and support accessing health services and community resources. For more information on the Healthy Aging Resource Team call 204-940-2114.