City offers free programs to seniors over the phone

(Barrie, ON) The City of Barrie has launched the Seniors Centre Without Walls program, which offers seniors the chance to connect and engage with each other through multi-person phone calls. The program is run by the City’s 55+ Centre staff and volunteers and will include a variety of topics each week ranging from informal coffee chats and fun brain-stimulating games to health and wellness seminars and educational talks. The program is free and open to all seniors in Barrie.

“The Seniors Centre Without Walls program provides a much-needed opportunity for seniors to connect and socialize, while following the physical distancing guidelines that are in place,” said Steve Lee Young, Manager of Recreation. “Many seniors live alone, and we know they are missing interacting with friends and family in these challenging times. Now, with a simple phone call, they can connect, chat and hopefully make new friends in the community.” 

The Seniors Centre Without Walls schedule is available onbarrie.ca/SeniorsCentres. Programs are 30-60 minutes in length and will be offered twice a day from Monday to Thursday. To register, emailrecinfo@barrie.ca or call 705-739-4223 and leave your name and phone number and Recreation staff will follow up with you.

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Media Contact
Emma Sharpe
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4436
emma.sharpe@barrie.ca