Seniors Centre

COVID-19 update & Vaccination Centre at the CW Sportsplex 

The Wellington County Vaccination Centre at the CW Sportplex (550 Belsyde Ave, Fergus). Please call 519-822-2715 ext. 4506 to find out exact days and times the vaccine clinic is running. 

COVID UPDATE:

The province has announced additional measures to further strengthen the response to Omicron including reducing gathering limits and capacity for indoor activities.

As of, December 20, proof of full vaccination will be required of all those 12+ years of age to enter a number of Township facilities as part of Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination Policy. View the complete list of locations.

Proof of vaccine requirements - An enhanced vaccine certificate with a digital or printed QR code will also be required to enter these facilities as of January 4. Learn more about how to get your enhanced proof of vaccination certificate.  The Township's COVID-19 health screening must also be completed before entering facilities.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page to learn what's open and closed as well as how township services are affected.

We will update this page when new information is available, click the blue "subscribe to this page" button at the bottom of the page to get updates as soon as we post them. We are also posting regular updates on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

NOTE: As of January 3, 2022 the Centre is CLOSED.                             Welcome to Victoria Park Seniors Centre....

The Township of Centre Wellington provides a wide range of programs and services for seniors at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre.  Whether you are looking for active living programs, support services, or volunteering opportunities.  The Programs offered are tailored to individuals 55+; however all registered programs are open to any adult (18 years of age and older) looking to stay active, develop new skills and friendships.  Victoria Park Seniors Centre, which officially opened its doors in June 1992, is a municipal recreation facility operated by the Community Services Department.  Our goal is to support active, healthy lifestyles for older adults through an extensive range of social, health, recreational and educational activities and programs.  We invite you to drop by, take out a membership and experience the benefits of participating.

You can find us at 150 Albert Street West, Fergus, ON N1M 1X2 Or call us at 519.846.9691 x204 and speak to our Reception Desk. 
Our building is fully accessible including designated parking for those with accessible parking permits.   

 Registration Information & Refund Policies

As of January 3, 2022 our Centre will be CLOSED to in-person and will remain closed until further notice.
Virtual programs are running as scheduled. Instructions below to view programs and register. 

NOTE: Each person entering Victoria Park Seniors Centre for any reason must be wearing a mask, use hand sanitizer, show proof of vaccination & ID and complete the Covid-19 health screening questionnaire (verbally or electronically).  Examples of identification: birth certificate, citizenship card, driver's license, Ontario health card, Indian status card, passport, permanent resident card.

Registration opened on December 14th at 8:30 a.m. and there are several ways to pre-register for our programs.

 

Refunds
1. A full refund will be issued for all courses cancelled by Victoria Park Seniors Centre.
2. Request for refunds must be received 1 week prior to program start date and no refunds will be issued within 1 week of the program start date.
3. A $20 administration fee will be applied to refunds requested.
4. No refunds will be issued for senior's bus trips however, contact the Centre and staff will consult a wait list, if available. If a spot is filled by the wait list the administration fee will still apply.
As per the Township of Centre Wellington's Refund Policies.

Course Cancellation
Should a course be cancelled as a result of insufficient numbers, those who did register will be notified by telephone.

Memberships 

Membership is open to anyone 55 years or better (please note that anyone over the age of 18 years is welcome to take programs at a  non-member fee).

Annual memberships are available for $26 per person for one year including HST.  The membership year runs 365 days from your date of purchase.

You are able to purchase a membership online through our new ACTIVE Net registration system.  Membership fees are non-refundable.  Once you have a valid membership, additional fees are required to participate in programs, special events, bus trips, etc. Please see the Registration Information & Refund Policies section "How To Register For Programs" for the link. 

Member Benefits  

As a member of the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre, you will receive many benefits including:

  • Monthly Calendar
  • Access to 80+ weekly programs and services for seniors
  • Bus trips and Centre Services
  • Reduced prices on all programs, courses, seminars, workshops and special events
  • Vote at the Centre's Annual General Meeting
  • Hold an office on the Centre's Advisory Board
  • Have a direct link to our local government through the Community Services Department.
  • Discover a new hobby, skill or talent
  • Opportunities to volunteer
  • And, most importantly, meet new friends

Your membership is very important. It not only indicates your interest but it also forms part of the necessary funding base needed to continue to offer quality recreational activities for older adults at the Centre. 

 Virtual Monthly Calendar - January 2022
 Click here for our January 2022 Calendar of Programs

NOTE: As of January 3, 2022 the Centre is CLOSED.

                                                                                                 

In-Person Registered Activities and Fitness Classes - Winter 2022 (Jan-Mar) -- ON HOLD - CENTRE CLOSED 

 

NOTE: Each person entering Victoria Park Seniors Centre for any reason must be wearing a mask, use hand sanitizer, show proof of vaccination & ID and complete the Covid-19 health screening questionnaire (verbally or electronically).  Examples of identification: birth certificate, citizenship card, driver's license, Ontario health card, Indian status card, passport, permanent resident card.

 Click here for our In-Person Registered Activities & Fitness Classes Winter 2022 (Jan to Mar) 

Face coverings for fitness class participants are ONLY removed once all participants are in place and the instructor is ready to start the class.

NOTE: As of January 3, 2022 the Centre is CLOSED.                                                            Drop-in Activities 

New participants are always welcome to take part.  All activities are offered on an ongoing basis unless stated otherwise.  You are not required to register in advance; however, you may want to contact the Activity Convenor (listed below each activity) as some groups do require prior organization of players.  Most groups charge a small pay-as-you-go fee.  Attend any activity for free on your first visit.  Do you have an idea for a new activity?  We are always looking for new programs.

Click here for our Drop In Activities Restarting in Winter 2022

Virtual (Zoom) Fitness Classes & Seminars Winter 2022 (Jan-Mar) -- Still Running & classes added!! 

  • NOTE: For all virtual fitness classes where we cannot assist you in person, please listen to your body and use your discretion to choose which exercises you do and how intensely you do them. We want everyone to be safe. These virtual exercises are intended to encourage you to gently move your body, so don’t push yourself beyond what feels okay. Participating in these exercise activities is done entirely at your own risk. It is strongly recommended that you check with your primary care provider before beginning any fitness program.
  • If you require a fitness band contact khall@centrewellington.ca or 519-846-9691 ext. 278.

 Zoom instructions for pre-registered participants

  • Note: If you are new to Zoom you will need to download and configure the Zoom application for use on your home computer (Windows or Mac OS X), tablet (iOS or Android), or smartphone (iOS or Android) to participate in our registered virtual programs. To access (using a computer device or telephone), click the appropriate provided link (for registered classes this will be emailed directly to you) OR using a telephone, call the phone number listed below each activity and enter the Meeting ID. Then press #, and then press # again. Note: If you do not have a camera on your computer, you can still participate if your computer has sound.
  • Once you complete your registration, you will receive a specific Zoom link to participate in your class by email at least 12-24 hours before the first class. You are NOT to share this specific link to your registered class with anyone else. The link you receive will be valid for the duration of your registered activity. If you have not received the link within the 24 hours, please check your junk folder and/or call 519-846-9691 ext. 204 for assistance.
  • Please ensure your screen name on Zoom matches the name on your registration. Only those who have pre-registered will be allowed to join the class.
  • The moderator or instructor will mute all participants when the class begins to avoid audio interference.
  • To learn more about Zoom etiquette and account controls click here.

 

Click here for our Virtual (Zoom) Fitness Classes & Seminars Winter 2022 (Jan-Mar)

Bus Trips - ON HOLD due to Covid-19

NOTE: Bus Trips are currently on hold due to Covid-19.

 

We are always in the process of organizing new bus trips for Victoria Park Seniors' Centre. All trips depart from and return to the Centre and are on a coach equipped with a washroom. We need a minimum number registered, up to 4 weeks in advance, depending on the venue.

Our Community Guide has a complete list of bus trips.

Those who require special assistance of any kind are responsible for arranging an escort to assist them. Our Travel Escort Volunteer cannot provide special care or one-on-one assistance.


Please note: There are NO REFUNDS for bus trips after we have confirmed our numbers.

Travel arrangements made by: Great Canadian Holidays, 353 Manitou Dr, Kitchener ON  N2C 1L5 
TICO#2280154  1-800-461-8687  EP455/PN5406

Other Activities

VPSC Lending Library
We will offer the self-serve outdoor library cart (and donation bin) located out front of the Centre if you would like to borrow or return a book or jig-saw puzzle from VPSC’s lending library (or if you have books/puzzles you would like to share). Alternatively, let us know if you have a request for a specific author and we can let you know what we have available, then arrange a curbside pick up. 

Craft Item Donations
We accept donations for our craft room using the self-serve outdoor donation bin located out front of VPSC. If you have items you are not sure you should bring to donate, please contact VPSC to inquire.

Blanket Project
Do you knit or crochet? Interested in contributing while staying safe at home in this time of physical distancing? Why not help us create blankets! Knit or crochet squares, 6 inches by 6 inches, with extra yarn you may have at home. Squares can be any colour. After physical distancing rules are lifted we will get together to put them together. We hope to donate blankets once completed. Email khall@centrewellington.ca for the pattern. 

Other Resources & Support Services
  • Need help with Zoom? University of Waterloo student volunteers have a program to assist seniors with Zoom. For free support http://www.entech.club/ or 226-336-9684
  • Frauds & Scams: The best way to beat a scam is to stay informed. If you suspect a scam, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca
  • Guelph-Wellington Distress Line 519-821-3760 or 1-888-821-3760 daily 8 am to 10 pm or HERE 24/7 Waterloo-Wellington 1-844-437-3274, both confidential support, referral and crisis assistance telephone services.
  • Connect CW’s Virtual Resource Centre https://www.connectcw.ca/ for some great links to activities, workshops and virtual experiences related to recreation, leisure, fitness, well-being, education, culture, arts in our local community and beyond.
  • Ride Well: Wellington County’s Rural Transit Service 1-833-900-7433 or https://www.wellington.ca/en/business/ed-ridewell.aspx#
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington: For a full listing of their upcoming webinars: https://cmhaww.ca/events/ and Tips to Manage Mental Health During COVID-19 https://cmhaww.ca/covid19/
  • Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington https://www.alzheimer.ca/ww/
  • 211 Ontario https://211ontario.ca/ or dial: 2-1-1 or Toll-free: 1-877-330-3213 to find local supports and programs in the community. Search by topic: click “older adults”
  • ConnexOntario 1-866-531-2600 www.connexontario.ca provides access to information on health services. Through telephone, chat or email, speak to System Navigation Specialists 24/7, focusing on mental health, addiction and problem gambling services.
  • Ontario Community Support Program 1-877-330-3213 www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca. Helping isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario get meals, groceries, medicine, provide rides to vaccination appointments and other essentials.
  • Seniors Safety Line 1-866-299-1011 provides contact and information across the province to assist in cases of elder abuse. Trained counsellors provide safety planning and supportive counseling. http://www.eapon.ca/what-is-elder-abuse/help-for-seniors/
  • COVID-19: Support for People for information about the many available, confidential and free mental health services/supports.

The Township of Centre Wellington provides a wide range of programs and services for seniors at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre.  Whether you are looking for active living programs, support services, or volunteering opportunities.  The Programs offered are tailored to individuals 55+; however all registered programs are open to any adult (18 years of age and older) looking to stay active, develop new skills and friendships.  Victoria Park Seniors Centre, which officially opened its doors in June 1992, is a municipal recreation facility operated by the Community Services Department.  Our goal is to support active, healthy lifestyles for older adults through an extensive range of social, health, recreational and educational activities and programs.  We invite you to drop by, take out a membership and experience the benefits of participating.

You can find us at 150 Albert Street West, Fergus, ON N1M 1X2. Or call us at 519.846.9691 x204 and speak to our Reception Desk. 
Our building is fully accessible including designated parking for those with accessible parking permits.   

Advisory Board

The Centre is run by a volunteer Advisory Board of seven elected Centre Members and one appointed Council Representative.  The Advisory Board acts as a liaison between Seniors and the Township of Centre Wellington and works with the Community Services Department to provide quality recreational opportunities for older adults.  Meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 9:00 am.  All members are welcome.  The monthly Agenda and Minutes of the meetings are posted at the Centre and under Advisory Committees.

 

View the Victoria Park Seniors Centre Advisory Board calendar here.

Volunteering (Must be 18 years of age or older) - Bringing on any NEW volunteers until further notice.

Do you have a few hours to spare each week, want to be involved in an active Seniors Centre, or looking to meet new friends? Then we need you!

We are always looking for individuals to help us with different tasks. Please take a look at the many opportunities and contact the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre to discuss what options there are for you.

Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities:

Program Committee
Volunteers are needed to help on the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre's Program Committee, which plans and organizes special events and fundraisers for the Centre. This Committee meets once a month on the first Monday at 10:15 am.

Special Events
Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation, set up and organization of special events at the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre.

Cooking for a Crowd
Do you enjoy cooking for a big group (40-60 people)? We need volunteers who love to cook to help with our twice monthly fundraising homemade Wednesday lunches offered at the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre.

Dishwasher (Wednesdays)
Do you enjoy working in the kitchen? We are looking for volunteers to do dishes at our Wednesday lunches on a rotating schedule. Includes a complimentary lunch.

Wednesday Lunch Servers (Wednesdays)
Do you enjoy working in the kitchen? We are looking for volunteers to assist with our Wednesday lunches on a rotating schedule. Volunteers set tables, serve the meal and cleanup after the lunch. Includes a complimentary lunch.

Food Prep Volunteers (Tuesdays)
With our homemade meals all preparations are done the day prior. Looking for volunteers to help with prep work which may include prep for salads, desserts and the main dish. Volunteers are contacted when assistance is needed. Includes a complimentary lunch.

VPSC Advisory Board Executive
Positions available beginning January 2021 for a three year term by election or acclamation at the November Annual General Meeting. This Advisory Board represents the membership and advises on issues relating to the Seniors Centre and is comprised of seven volunteer members and one representative from CW Township Council. Positions are chosen annually following the AGM.

 

Contact Kelly Hall, Seniors Volunteer & Membership Coordinator at 519.846.9691 x278 or by email for more information on any of the above volunteer positions or fill out this Volunteer Application Form and send to the above email.  

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