Workshop topics

Sociable seniors wanted for the workshop steering committee

When it comes to providing programs for seniors in Kawartha Lakes, United Way goes straight to the source.

The local agency is currently looking for volunteers aged 55 or older to work on a steering committee to implement a series of workshops on the health and well-being of seniors.

“At first, we envisioned setting up senior health and well-being workshops that would help address the significant zone of isolation experienced by seniors due to COVID-19,” said said Jen Bain, United Way’s professional program manager.

“After receiving funds from the [federal government’s] new horizons for seniors program, we decided that the best thing to do would be to create a committee that would investigate and suggest topics tailored to their needs and interests.

The series of six workshops will be held in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County over the coming months in partnership with local organizations and will be led by leading industry facilitators. Workshop topics, dates, locations and evaluations will be determined by the Steering Committee.

United Way is looking for people who have a strong understanding of the community in which they reside, are outgoing, and willing to meet in person or online for planning sessions. The time commitment for the opportunity will be three to five hours per month for approximately six months.

“We don’t have a deadline for applications, but we’d like to start as soon as we have people in place,” Bain said.

Once the workshops are developed, United Way will take them to various Kawartha Lakes communities.

Those interested in applying are asked to complete the volunteer form at https://ckl-unitedway.ca/volunteer-form/ or call Bain for more information at 705-878-5081.