Seniors Circles is a program that brings together isolated seniors who want to improve their English language skills and make friends. During the circles, seniors practise situational-based English. We want participants to be able to engage in a variety of daily activities, such as seeing a family doctor, visiting a bank or simply making conversation with their neighbours. The circles are led by a facilitator and a volunteer but any participant can lead by sharing their wisdom, experience and stories. Participants are welcomed to bring food to share and can lead activities such as singing, chair exercises, arts and crafts or even a Tai Chi session. Everyone is encouraged to interact with other members of the group to make friends and become less isolated.
Please note, this program ended in December, 2019. However, if you are thinking of starting a Seniors Circle and would like to talk to our program coordinator about resources, please contact Silvana at 613-608-7135 or Silvana@cciottawa.ca
Highlights from the three years
- 2,666 seniors in 594 weekly English practice circles
- 6486 participations
- 92 monthly and quarterly social events with 1,055 participations
- Some seniors enjoyed the program so much they created videos to share with others
- A letter of thanks for the impressive work CCI does for seniors was provided by the Honourable Minister of Seniors, Filomena Tassi