The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is partnering with several other community organizations to assist local seniors with finding solutions to home maintenance needs.
Phase 1 – Village Self Help – Beginning in December 2021
The Seniors Association will ask Members who are interested in offering and receiving help for do-it-yourself small home maintenance projects with other Members in their local area. The list of interested self-help participants will be shared with others in their local area. (We have to find a way for self-help participants to communicate with each other when someone has a project where they wish to have some help.)
Phase 2 – Home repair assistance for those in financial need – Coming in early 2022
The Seniors Association is partnering with Helping Hands St. Margaret’s Bay, a community group who have a number of skilled trades people as volunteers. Senior residents who require necessary repairs to maintain a safe home can be considered for assistance with accessing government assistance programs, labour assistance from Helping Hands volunteers and/or assistance with the purchase of home repair materials. Eligibility qualifications will apply.
Volunteers at the Community Enterprise Centre (CEC) and the Seniors Association will collect a directory of local services and companies who perform home maintenance and yard care services. Companies offering a discount and/or free estimates for seniors will be featured.
If you are interested in helping get the Seniors Home Maintenance Program up and running please contact HomeMaintenance@bayseniors.ca or call the Seniors Info Centre at 902-820-3334 and mention “Home Maintenance”.
For insurance purposes all participants in the Seniors Home Maintenance Program must be Members of the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay. Membership application can be made through the Seniors Info Centre office at firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 902-820-3334.
As we all continue to adapt to staying in touch with family and friends through fewer and smaller in-person gatherings, being able to get together online is more important than ever. Those of us who already use social media may be using it more, and in different ways, while others are just beginning to embrace it.
Social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more, are available as “platforms,” the word used to describe the specific technologies and programs that allow communications between different users in one virtual location. Bay Seniors has an active Facebook page we invite you to visit and participate in: www.facebook.com/bayseniors.
Zoom, a video meeting and conferencing service, formerly used mainly for business meetings, is now being used for book club meetings, worship services, birthday parties, and much more. Bay Seniors is working toward using Zoom for various member services, starting with a weekly “drop-in coffee hour” for members to enjoy virtual time together. If you’re interested in more information, email email@example.com.
While most Bay Seniors members are online, receiving our newsletter, members’ update and other communications from us by email, a smaller number use social media regularly. In our recent member survey, and through other information from members, we have learned that many of you would be interested in learning more about social media, and specifically:
- Which platforms to join, based on who you want to stay in touch with and how you want to stay in touch;
- How to protect your privacy and safety on social media;
- How to get the most out of social media.
In the next few months, Bay Seniors will be offering help to members interested in learning more about using social media. Support and education will be provided by our volunteer tech team, which will include tech-savvy Bay Seniors members and Students for Seniors, a terrific group of high school students who are kicking off our Using Social Media program with two easy-to-use documents for members thinking about joining Facebook or using Zoom.
The Bay Seniors Association is inviting local children and teens to assemble and personalize Christmas cards for local seniors. The cards will be included with the Christmas gift bags the association is putting together for around 75 local seniors.
Volunteer-created card kits, with a card, envelope and several decorative components, can be picked up from the Community Enterprise Centre (CEC) at 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. Kids are encouraged to assemble and personalize the cards as they wish, adding a holiday greeting. Completed cards should be dropped off at the CEC by December 15.
Becky Weickert, president of Bay Seniors, says this is the second time the association has offered this program. “We did it near the start of Covid, and it was a lovely way for families to reach out to seniors. We’ve had many comments from seniors who received one, saying how much it meant to them to get a cheerful card with a caring message from a local child or teen. And the kids had fun opening the kits and using them as a starting point for their own creativity.”
The Christmas in the Bay organizers are also promoting the program, and Weickert says Bay Seniors is delighted to have that help to ensure more families participate. “We will definitely send out all the cards we receive. This is an especially important Christmas for us all to stay in touch and let our neighbours know we’re thinking of them,” she adds.
Michelle Maclean, the Bay Seniors board member who is coordinating the Christmas gift bags, says the association is grateful to the community members who have been donating items to fill the 75 Bay Seniors volunteer-made fabric tote bags being used for the gifts. “We’ve had a wonderful response, with people dropping off puzzle books, socks, pens, eyeglass cleaner, facial tissues, and lots of other goodies. But, says Maclean, “We have room for more.”
Maclean says gift bag items can be dropped off at the CEC until December 7.
Advance viewing by appointment for Bay Seniors members