The South Vancouver Seniors Network : Weekly Webinar & Volunteer Program
The South Vancouver Seniors Network (SVSN) is a collaborative group of Marpole and South Vancouver community organizations serving seniors and caregivers. The SVSN focuses on strengthening communications, collaborations and initiatives that support seniors’ issues and services.
Geographically SVSN covers, but is not limited to, the area from Granville Street to Fraser Street and from 33rd Avenue to Marine Drive.
The SVSN was launched by its co-leads, Michael Lee in his capacity as MLA Vancouver Langara, and Andrea Krombein, Seniors Outreach Coordinator with Marpole Oakridge Family Place. Participating partners include Marpole Oakridge Family Place, Marpole Neighbourhood House, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, the Jewish Seniors Alliance, and more than 25 other organizations serving seniors.
SVSN initiatives include a weekly online webinar and a volunteer program. Please see below.
Weekly Interactive Webinar for Seniors
Every Thursday Morning 10:30 - 11:30
A weekly interactive webinar featuring topics and challenges pertinent to seniors and suggested by the seniors community. The webinar includes a 15 minute presentation by a weekly guest speaker and ample question and discussion time.
Participants may join the webinar by computer or by phone.
To join the webinar, please contact Andrea Krombein (778-668-3634 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to add your name to the invitation list.
Marpole Community Connectors Volunteer Initiative
Marpole Community Connectors is a specialized volunteer team with the goal of reaching out in person and via telephone to isolated seniors in the Marpole area. Volunteers are equipped with resources to help seniors and provide them with referrals. We are seeking more volunteers for this program.
To volunteer, please contact Andrea Krombein (778-668-3634 or email@example.com)
Advocacy and Support for Seniors
Seniors needing help with finding solutions and supports, with paperwork or with resolving tough situations are welcome to call and talk it over. Assistance and referrals are provided. Consultations are confidential. Please contact Andrea Krombein (778-668-3634 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do you need an emergency number or contact details for a Government or Community Service? Call 211 or access the Marpole Community Resource Guide here
Safety for Seniors
Marpole Oakridge Family Place is the home of the Marpole Community Response Network (CRN). We are part of the province wide BC Community Response Network
A Community Response Network (CRN) is made up of a diverse group of concerned community members, community agencies, local businesses, government agencies, professionals and others who come together to create a coordinated community response to abuse, neglect and self-neglect in vulnerable adults.
If you or a family member or friend is experiencing abuse or neglect, or finding it hard to cope, please feel welcome to call and talk it over. Consultations are confidential.
Please contact Andrea Krombein (778-668-3634 or email@example.com)
Seniors Programs at MOFP
Integrating Senior Newcomers Project - In Person
Are you interested in volunteering with pre-school aged children at Marpole Oakridge Family Place?
Would you like to meet new people in your community?
This may be for you if you’re:
- At least 55 years old
- Self-identify as one of the following:
- Permanent resident
- Protected person as defined by section 95 of IRPA
- Convention refugee
- Temporary foreign worker
- Individual selected for permanent residency;
- Available to participate in activities for approximately 1 hour per week from October 2020 - January 2021
- Willing to participate in the research portion of the project by meeting with a researcher and answering questions three times for approximately 1 hour each time
No experience required – support will be provided! Please contact Carol Chu (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-263-1405)
Seniors Focus Group
An in-person gathering of seniors to enjoy conversation and connection, interesting topics, presentations, games and skill sharing. Tea, coffee and snacks provided. This program is held at the Marpole Neighbourhood House at Hudson Street and 70th avenue.
This program has a Zoom option on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-2pm during the COVID-19 pandemic. The in-person program is temporarily on hold due to the pandemic.
Please contact Andrea Krombein (778-668-3634 or email@example.com) to register for the temporary virtual program.
Adult Continuing Education
The Seniors Outreach Coordinator provides training in responding to elder abuse and neglect situations; literacy and life skills; and organizes educational workshops. Workshops are scheduled on demand.
To request a workshop, please contact Andrea Krombein (778-668-3634 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
This program is continuous and will be offered via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Income Tax Clinic – Year round
In March and April each year Marpole Oakridge Family Place hosts a free income tax clinic for seniors who qualify for this service. A team of volunteers trained by Canada Revenue Agency provide confidential online tax filing and provide a receipt for their services.
If you need to file your taxes during tax season or at a time outside of tax season, please contact Andrea Krombein (778-668-3634 or email@example.com)
The income tax clinic of 2020 was conducted both via drop off with social distancing and by phone. We hope to resume an in-person clinic in 2021. At this time – due to the pandemic – tax appointments are being conducted virtually.