Whitby Seniors' Services is dedicated to keeping older adults engaged! If you're 55 years of age or older, consider joining a rich and vibrant social community and explore the endless possibilities of keeping an active, healthy lifestyle. Whether you're interested in instructional classes, leisure programs, support services, or volunteer opportunities, Whitby Seniors Services is sure to have something that's just right for you. Download aSenior Services Membership Form.
Transportation services are available for residents 55 years of age and older to programs and services offered at facilities in the Town.
Seniors' programs and services are offered at two conveniently located facilities.
Whitby Seniors' Services recognizes the value that older adults bring to projects, both large and small. If you're looking for a fun and rewarding experience, there are volunteer opportunities available that match your interests, skills, and schedule. Volunteer responsibilities range from support in marketing, customer service, kitchen support, fundraising, administration, event planning, and program assistance.
Currently looking for Kitchen support and Van Drivers.
Whitby - Developing an Age-Friendly Community Action Plan
Age-Friendly Communities are supportive physical and social environments that enable older people to live active, safe and meaningful lives and continue to contribute in all areas of community life. The eight dimensions developed by WHO include:
Outdoor spaces and buildings
Respect and social inclusion
Civic participation and employment
Communication and information
Community support and health services
Last year, Council approved a 2014-2018 Recreation and Leisure Services Seniors Strategy. One of the objectives of this strategy was to receive membership in the World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities.
In August 2014, an application for membership into the World Health Organization (WHO) was made. The application was approved and on December 1, 2014 Whitby was a member of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities. This commits the municipality to engaging seniors and the Whitby community to review the characteristics of an Age-Friendly Community and identify partnerships, develop recommendations and an Action Plan.
Seniors' Recreation and Leisure Services' Strategy
Town of Whitby Council has approved a Seniors Strategy that will guide the Recreation and Leisure Services for the Whitby community from 2014 to 2018. The Strategy was developed through feedback received from extensive community engagement, consultation with the Seniors Committee of Council, seniors living in the community, key community partners and stakeholders and a review of the World Health Organization's Age Friendly Community Criteria. The Seniors Recreation and Leisure Services Strategy also aligns with the priorities outlined in Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors that was prepared by the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat.
It is imperative that seniors' services offered by the municipality anticipate and respond to the demographic shift to an older population, changing diversity, and social inclusion, among other matters. The development and adoption of the Seniors' Recreation and Leisure Services' Strategy reinforces Council's commitment to a proactive approach to ensure Whitby remains the Community of Choice for seniors.
Whitby Seniors' Services Committee
The Whitby Seniors' Services Committee is comprised of 10 persons elected by the members of Whitby Seniors Services who are then appointed by council. The mayor designates one member of council as a member of the committee. Members are encouraged to participate on this committee.
Whitby Seniors' Services offers a lunch program at the Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre. The program runs Monday to Friday. Hot meals are available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., a la carte items are also available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come and join us for a hot lunch or a snack.
View the monthly lunch menu for hot meal selections, a variety of a la carte items, and prices.