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.   

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Activities are also held in the evenings.
  • Pre-registered Courses and Special Events run on some Saturdays - Please check the Community Guide or the Monthly Calendar for details.
  • The Centre is closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays (2018 closures include: March 30 Good Friday, April 2 Easter Monday, May 21 Victoria Day, July 2 Canada Day, August 6 Civic Holiday, September 3 Labour Day, Monday November 12 Remembrance Day).

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.

Additional Support Services

There are other agencies and organizations that provide support for seniors.

Bus Trips

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

Drop-in Activities

New participants are always welcome to take part in the drop-in activities.  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.  Then choose to become a member OR pay the non-member fee each time ($1 added to drop-in fee).  Do you have an idea for a new activity?  We are always looking for new programs.

General Information

Seniors have plenty to do in Centre Wellington. Victoria Park Seniors' Centre is located at 150 Albert Street W, Fergus, has programs throughout the year for seniors and adults (over the age of 18). 

 

To explore other recreation options within Centre Wellington view our entire Community Guide which includes aquatics, community events, theatre information and more!

How To Register For Programs

There is always a lot to do at the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre. For a detailed list of our programs and services please see our Community Guide.

How to Register

You can register for programs in the Township of Centre Wellington in a few different ways:

  1. In person at  Victoria Park Seniors' Centre located at 150 Albert Street W, Fergus
  2. Online  (see further instructions below)
  3. By mail:
    Make your cheque payable to: Township of Centre Wellington
    Mail to:
    Victoria Park Seniors Centre
    150 Albert Street W, Fergus, N1M 1X2

The Township has launched a registration system called Active Net.  View our programs and register online –it's fast, easy with no fees, just  Click here to go to Active Net registration.

If you run into any problems, feel free to contact us at: 519.846.9691 ext. 204.

Course Materials

Not included in course fees unless indicated. Supply list (if needed for a course) is available at registration and will be printed on your receipt. 

Non-Member or Not a Senior?

That's alright. Non-members and non-seniors are invited to take part in the courses offered through the Centre. Members of the Centre pay a reduced course fee. Remember to register early to avoid the disappointment of a course being cancelled!

Course Cancellation

Should a course be cancelled as a result of insufficient numbers, those who did register will be notified by telephone. Refund cheques will be mailed out from the Township of Centre Wellington Office.

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. (See below for Bus Trip refunds)
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.

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 $25 per person for one year including HST
  • The membership year runs from June 1 – May 31 of the following year
  • New Members Talk & Tours are offered monthly at 10:00 am. Please check the monthly calendar or contact the Centre for the next scheduled date.  We are pleased to show you the Centre and provide you with information on programs and services offered.  If you can't attend one of the monthly information sessions, you are most welcome to book a tour of Victoria Park Senior Centre at anytime.  Please call to make an appointment at 519.846.9691 x204. Please note: New Members Talk & Tours are not scheduled for July, August and December. 

You are NOW 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 "How To Register For Programs" section 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. 

Visitors

Visitors to the Centre are always welcome! Come out and try a drop-in activity. You can participate in a drop-in activity for no charge the first time. You can then purchase a membership or pay the non-member fee to participate. Non-members and non-seniors are also welcome to take any course, seminar or special event.

Monthly Calendar

Here is our current monthly calendar for Victoria Park Seniors Centre

Registered Programs

Seniors have plenty to do in Centre Wellington. Victoria Park Seniors' Centre located at 150 Albert Street W, Fergus, has programs throughout the year for seniors and adults (over the age of 18).  Registration is required to participate in these programs, see our community guide pages for a complete list of programs such as:

  • Fitness Classes
  • Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation
  • Dance Fitness
  • Computers and Technology
  • Special Interest
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Special Events
  • Bus Trips
  • Painting and Drawing classes 

Services and Wellness Clinics

Centre Services

Weekly Wednesday Lunch - Wednesdays at 12:00 noon. Includes: main course, vegetable, roll, salad or juice, dessert, tea and coffee. Meet old friends or make new ones while enjoying a delicious lunch. Stay for a social afternoon of euchre, bridge or crafts (no charge for these activities if you come for lunch). Also woodcarving or billiards (small drop-in fee applies). Full menus listed in monthly calendar. Reservations recommended as space is limited. We also host homemade fund-raising lunches and BBQ’s organized by the Centre’s Program Committee. Refer to the Special Events section for dates.

Garden Fresh Box - A non-profit, affordable fresh produce buying service supporting local farmers. Box content changes monthly depending on seasonal produce. This program is operated by the Guelph Community Health Centre. To order, contact VPSC. Pay by the first Friday of the month. Pick up order on the third Wednesday at VPSC between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Bring grocery bags. Program runs year round. $15 small box or $20 large box. Cash only. New online ordering option for this service. Go to www.gardenfreshbox.ca for details. Monthly Order Deadlines: April 6, May 4, June 8, July 6, August 3.

Crafts for Sale - Visit our lovely Craft Shop full of beautiful handmade items, made by our talented Craft and Quilting Group volunteers. Wonderful homemade crafts and collectibles, including baby clothing, knitted sets, quilts, blankets, sweaters, hats, mitts, scarves, and more. All proceeds support VPSC. Available for sale year round. Gift certificates available.

Monthly Email Update with Monthly Calendar - We send monthly emails to keep you up-to-date on what is happening at VPSC. It includes the monthly calendar. To receive this please email khall@centrewellington.ca or pick up a copy of the monthly calendar at the Centre. Day-to-day programs, bus trips, special events, clinics and lunch menus are listed.

Facility Tours - Are you thinking of participating in a program or joining the Centre? Our customer service volunteers and staff would be happy to take you for a tour of the Seniors Centre and answer any questions.

Library, Newspapers, Puzzles, Coffee and Information - Check out our collection of lending library books stocked by your generous donations. Come for coffee and browse through newspapers including the Toronto Star. We accept donations of current magazines for our coffee table. We have a variety of magazine subscriptions generously donated by Ward Hearing. Jigsaw puzzles are available to borrow or buy or try your hand at the on-going jigsaw puzzle. Help yourself to any of the information pamphlets and government publications on a range of topics of interest for older adults.

Volunteer Opportunities - There are a number of volunteer positions available: kitchen, cooking for groups, foot clinics, special events, food preparation, activity leaders, convenors, committee volunteers, bingo caller. Share your expertise. We are always looking for innovative programming ideas and instructors to lead them. Volunteers who enjoy cooking are needed to help with our fundraising homemade lunches and special events. For more volunteering information contact Kelly at khall@centrewellington.ca or 519.846.9691 x278. 

Wellness Clinics

Blood Pressure Clinics - FREE. Held the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Centre. A Registered Nurse will be on site to check your blood pressure and provide information. No appointment needed. Simply drop in. Thanks to Heritage River Retirement Residence for sponsoring this program.  Dates: April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4 and August 1.

Chair Massage Clinic - Join specialized certified practitioner, Christine Brown, for a relaxing 10-minute chair massage. Reduce tension, stress, headaches, stiff necks, backaches and increase circulation. No removal of clothes and no lotions used. Call the Centre to book your appointment available the second and fourth Wednesday mornings 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Cost: $10 cash only. Dates: April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22.

Foot Care Clinics - Have your feet assessed by a Registered Practical Nurse, certified in Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care. Includes cutting and filing toenails, reduction of corns and calluses, moisturizing skin. $30 cash only. Call VPSC to book appointment. Bring a small towel. Veterans welcome, bring your Veterans Affairs card. Allow 24 hours if cancelling an appointment to give time to consult the waiting list. Tuesdays and some Fridays.

Fascial Stretch Therapy (Private Stretch Therapy) - A system of table based stretching that focuses on the fascia (connective tissue surrounding muscles and organs) and joint capsule. Benefits: improved posture, anti-aging, reduced risk of injuries, reduced pain, improved strength and decreased stress. Book your one-on-one session and feel the difference. Service provided by Fascial Stretch Therapist, Kelly Offer. Half Hour $35 member, $40 non-member. Full Hour $60 member, $75 non-member. Call the Centre to book your appointment or koffer@trainingbodies.com. Cash or cheque. 

Fitness Assessments - Every body is unique. Working one-on-one we will discover what exercises work best with your body. Whether you are trying to lose weight, suffer from chronic pain, have less than ideal posture or just want to find out what exercises you should and should not do. Will also help guide you in choosing fitness programs offered at the Centre. Service provided by Certified Personal Trainer, Kelly Offer. Half Hour $35 member, $40 non-member. Full Hour $60 member, $75 non-member. Call the Centre to book your appointment or koffer@trainingbodies.com. Cash or cheque.

Hearing Services 
Hearing Screening Clinic: Has your hearing changed? Meet one-on-one with a Canadian Hearing Society Hearing Care Counsellor. Or if you wear hearing aids, discuss questions about your aids. Book your no charge 30 minute appointment at the Seniors Centre on July 13.

Hearing Seminar: My Hearing is Not as Good as it Used to Be, Now What Do I Do? July 20, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Presented by the Canadian Hearing Society.

Stroke Recovery - Are you a stroke survivor or caregiver? Join the Centre Wellington Stroke Recovery Community Program monthly to learn new community resources, join our walking group and learn how to maximize your recovery in the comfort of your own home community. Held the last Friday of the month at 9:30 am at the Seniors Centre. No charge. All welcome. See the Seminars and Workshops section for topics and speakers scheduled.

Reflexology - Deeply relaxing, reflexology works the reflex points in the feet that relate to different organs and areas of your body. Circulation is improved to facilitate balance within the body. Leave feeling relaxed and yet with a renewed energy. Service provided by Certified Reflexologist: Karen Murtagh. $30 for 30 minutes. 1 hour appointments also available. Call VPSC to book your appointment time on Wednesday afternoons. Dates: April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8.

Video Otoscope Clinic - FREE. Held the second Wednesday of the month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come see Nancy from Hear Well Be Well, to look inside your ear with her video otoscope. A better understanding of your ear promotes awareness to ear health, wax occlusions, and how our hearing system works when properly maintained. If you have existing hearing aids, Nancy can also professionally clean them for you, for FREE! Dates: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8.

Volunteering

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.

Reception Desk
If you have good computer skills, can lift up to 8 pounds and are able to do a 4-hour shift (morning or afternoon) each week we need you to please contact the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre.

Bingo Caller
Volunteers are needed to help with our Bingo Drop-in activity on Thursday afternoons. 

 

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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