HUB AÎNÉS WESTSIDE
ACTION COLLECTIVE PAR ET POUR LES AÎNÉS

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OUR
MISSION

 To build a more responsive and resilient community for seniors on Vancouver’s Westside through the power of collective action.

OUR KEY GOALS

To identify and promote awareness of Westside seniors’ issues and priorities

To improve programs and services for seniors on the Westside through collective action by Hub Council, Hub Partner Organizations, and community organizations

To encourage seniors to become more engaged in their community

WHAT IS THE HUB STRUCTURE?

The Hub is comprised of Partner Organizations, a Hub Council, and action-oriented committees.

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

serve seniors on the Westside and have an interest in collaborating with others to support seniors in their community. They meet quarterly to share information about resources and assets, identify emerging issues, and collaborate on building a range of integrated services for seniors. They work with the Hub Council and serve on committees to act on identified issues and represent the Hub to the public and various constituencies. Partners include public entities, non-profits, and faith-based organizations that provide services for seniors.

THE HUB COUNCIL

is composed of several Westside volunteer seniors who have knowledge of seniors’ issues, experience working on action-oriented teams, and skills to work collaboratively with each other, Partner Organizations and community members. They meet monthly to identify priorities and direct movement towards collective action.

THE COMMITTEES

have representatives from the Council, Partner Organizations, and the community. They meet as needed to focus attention on particular issues or activities by sharing information, suggesting to the Council what approaches might work, and planning events.  They act on behalf of seniors to bring attention to issues and gaps in services. Their work engages businesses, government agencies, non-profit agencies, and the public in moving towards a community where seniors can have their needs met and age well.

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WHAT CONSTITUTES THE WESTSIDE?

QUE CONSTITUE LE CÔTÉ OUEST?

Nous définissons la zone de chalandise du Westside Seniors Hub comme suit:

  • À l'ouest de la rue Ontario, tout le chemin pour inclure UBC et les terres de dotation

  • Au sud de la rue Cornwall et de False Creek

  • Au nord de Marine Drive

À noter que la zone de chalandise n'inclut pas la péninsule du centre-ville ou l'île Granville.

Les partenaires dont le bureau est en dehors de notre zone de chalandise sont invités à se joindre à nous s'ils servent activement les aînés de Westside .

HOW DID THE HUB EMERGE?

The concept of a seniors hub first emerged through a 2009 research report entitled “Sustaining Seniors Programs through the Neighbourhood House Model,” which focused on opportunities for seniors at Kitsilano, Kiwassa & South Vancouver Neighbourhood Houses.

In 2010, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House received pilot funding from Vancouver Coastal Health – SmartFund, City of Vancouver, United Way, and the Vancouver Foundation to develop the South Vancouver Seniors Hub and produce an Implementation Plan and Seniors Hub Toolkit.

This led to Kitsilano Neighbourhood House receiving a 2013-2014 Vancouver Foundation grant for a Seniors for Seniors Project: Building a One-Stop Place for Westside Seniors.  One of the aspects of this project was to develop a Westside Seniors Hub.  A number of community members and seventeen senior-serving Westside organizations met at a visioning round-table in January 2014 to explore the potential benefits and nature of a Westside Hub. Several subsequent planning round-tables developed the structure of the Hub. In addition, they drew up Partner Collaborative Agreements, wrote a Hub Council Member job description, and both recruited and interviewed Hub Council applicants.

By February 2015, appointments to the Hub Council had been made and the first joint meeting of Partner Organizations and Hub Council members took place. The Hub has sought grant funding for various projects and operated with paid contractors. Now it has administrative support from Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and volunteer efforts to provide Partners with relevant information about diverse seniors' issues.

Westside Seniors Hub brochure here

SPONSORS

COMMENT LE HUB EST-IL ÉMERGÉ?

Le concept d'un carrefour pour personnes âgées est apparu pour la première fois dans un rapport de recherche de 2009 intitulé «Sustaining Seniors Programs through the Neighbourhood House Model», qui portait sur les opportunités pour les personnes âgées à Kitsilano, Kiwassa et South Vancouver Neighborhood Houses.

En 2010, la South Vancouver Neighbourhood House a reçu un financement pilote de Vancouver Coastal Health - SmartFund, de la ville de Vancouver, de Centraide et de la Vancouver Foundation pour développer le South Vancouver Seniors Hub et produire un plan de mise en œuvre et une trousse d'outils pour les aînés.

Cela a conduit Kitsilano Neighborhood House à recevoir une subvention 2013-2014 de la Vancouver Foundation pour un projet Seniors for Seniors: Construire un guichet unique pour les aînés de Westside. L'un des aspects de ce projet était de développer un Westside Seniors Hub. Un certain nombre de membres de la communauté et dix-sept organisations de haut niveau de Westside se sont réunis lors d'une table ronde de vision en janvier 2014 pour explorer les avantages potentiels et la nature d'un carrefour Westside. Plusieurs tables rondes de planification ultérieures ont développé la structure du Hub. En outre, ils ont rédigé des accords de collaboration avec les partenaires, rédigé une description de poste de membre du conseil du hub et recruté et interviewé les candidats du conseil du hub.

En février 2015, les nominations au Hub Council avaient été faites et la première réunion conjointe des organisations partenaires et des membres du Hub Council a eu lieu. Depuis lors, le Hub a recherché des subventions pour divers projets et opéré avec des entrepreneurs rémunérés, le soutien administratif de Kitsilano Neighborhood House et des efforts bénévoles.

COMMANDITAIRES

Depuis sa création, le Hub a reçu le soutien financier de plusieurs sponsors. Nous sommes reconnaissants pour leur confiance et leur reconnaissance de la mission et des objectifs du Hub au nom des seniors.

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