Seniors Centre

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 Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays) 8:30am-4:30pm 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.   

Safety Measures at VPSC
To continue to reduce the risk of Covid-19 we will continue to do the following:
  • Encourage you to sanitize your hands upon entering, repeat throughout your visit and disinfect the area/equipment that you use (cleaning supplies will continue to be located throughout the building in each room).
  • Wear a mask, if you wish.
  • Do not visit the Centre if you are feeling unwell.
  • Limit our capacities for fitness classes as well as have 6' distance between participants.
  • Read the Township of Centre Wellington's Assumption of Risk that is posted before entering (on main entrance door).
  • If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19 the Ministry of Health recommends you to do the following:
    • monitor for symptoms for 10 days; and, 
    • wear a mask for 10 days after last exposure if leaving home; then, 
    • if symptomatic self-isolate immediately for 5 days if vaccinated, or 10 days if not vaccinated; and get tested if qualified.
 Registration Information & Refund Policies

Spring Registration - opened Monday, March 28th 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.

Annual Memberships Available (VPSC & Billiards)

VPSC Memberships
Memberships 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 VPSC 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. 

Billiards Room Memberships
Billiards Memberships are available to purchase for $50 and are valid for 365 days from date of purchase. You must be a member of the Centre to purchase this membership.  You are able to purchase a membership online through our new ACTIVE Net registration system.  Membership fees are non-refundable. Please see the Registration Information & Refund Policies section "How To Register For Programs" for the link. 

 VPSC Monthly Calendar of Programs

Click here for our May 2022 Monthly Calendar

In-Person Registered Activities and Fitness Classes - Spring 2022 

Click here for our In-person Registered Programs & Fitness Classes Spring 2022 

Virtual (Zoom) Fitness Classes & Seminars - Spring 2022 

  • 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 Spring 2022

Drop-in Activities (listed on the monthly calendar)

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 as some groups do require prior organization of players (call the Reception Desk). Do you have an idea for a new activity? We are always looking for new programs.

Library, Puzzles, Craft Shoppe Hours & Donations

Lending Library, Puzzles & Community Puzzle Table
Our lending library in the Centre is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. However, a self-serve return/donation bin will be located out front of the Centre for easy drop-offs. Our in-house community puzzle table (located in the Library area) will be back out for people to enjoy!

Craft Item Donations & Craft Shoppe Hours
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.
The Craft Shoppe will be open to purchase items each Wednesday between 1:00-4:00 pm.

Advisory Board (monthly)

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 in person the first Monday of the month at 9:00 am at the Centre.  All members are welcome.  The monthly Agenda and Minutes of the meetings are available below.

Next Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for: Monday, June 6, 2022 at 9:00 am.
Agenda (previous meeting): Advisory Board Agenda May 2 2022 
Minutes (previous meeting): Advisory Board Minutes April 4 2022
Note: If you wish to view previous months Agenda or Minutes please contact Kelly to request these at 519.846.9691 x278.   

 

VPSC Advisory Board Executive

Positions available beginning January 2023 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.
Interested in running or looking for more information? Contact Kelly at 519.846.9691 x278.

Bus Trips - ON HOLD

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

 

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.

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

Volunteering (Must be 18 years of age or older)

We are always looking for individuals to help us with different positions or tasks. Please take a look at the current opportunities and contact Kelly at the Victoria Park Seniors' Centre (details below) to discuss what options are for you.

Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities:

VPSC Advisory Board Executive

Positions available beginning January 2023 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.

Program Committee - ON HOLD

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 - ON HOLD
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 - ON HOLD
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) - ON HOLD
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) - ON HOLD
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) - ON HOLD
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.

 

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.  

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.
  • 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. 
  • COVID-19: Support for People for information about the many available, confidential and free mental health services/supports.

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