COVID-19 Response

For full details please visit our webpage outlining

our COVID-19 response.

Social isolation is a concern for many older adults, and impacts health and well-being in a number of ways. Socially isolated older adults have a greater likelihood of a more sedentary lifestyle, substance use, falls, and hospitalization. Research suggests that 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults are at an even greater risk for social isolation, being twice as likely to live alone and three to four times less likely to have children.

Inclusive social programs, activities or initiatives offer a space where 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults can come together, find support and overcome isolation while accessing services that are available to and welcoming to older adults.

2S-LGBTQ+ Seniors Program (55+): Program Description

With recent funding through the New Horizon Program, Réseau ACCESS Network has been fortunate to begin a Seniors Program in partnership with the Gilbert Centre in Simcoe County, and the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area. The Seniors Program is an initiative developed by the Gilbert Centre, that we are excited to begin here in the Greater Sudbury region.

The 2S-LGBTQ+ Seniors Program aims to support and empower those who identify as older adults (55+) within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community, to promote healthy relationships, and to increase access to health and social services.

As such, the Seniors Program strives to provide a safe environment that celebrates the diversity and visibility of 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults in the following services:

  • Social programs
  • Health promotion workshops
  • Client support and advocacy
  • Training
  • Events and display booths

The older adult’s social programs focus on creating inclusive social programs, activities or initiatives that offer a space where members can come together, find support and overcome isolation while accessing services that are available to and welcoming to 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults.

Available 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adult (55+) Social Programs

Virtual Coffee and Chats

Grab a hot drink and join us every Thursday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am for your morning!
Coffee and Chats is an informal virtual drop-in social group for those who identify as older adults (55+) within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community and their Allies. Meetings will be held virtually through Zoom (phone, tablet, computer with microphone and/or camera needed). A link for the group will be provided upon registry.

For more information, or to join: Email Adrienne at adriennem@reseauaccessnetwork.com, or call 705-688-0500, EXT 222

Monthly Book Club

The 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults Book Club is run in partnership by Réseau ACCESS Network and the Greater Sudbury Public Library.  This Book Club is intended for older adults (55+) who identify as 2S-LGBTQ+ members of community and their Allies.

Sign up to receive handpicked books for the group! Then join us for a monthly discussion about the chosen books. The group will meet the first Wednesday of every month at 2:00 pm

Meetings will be held virtually through Zoom (phone, tablet, computer with microphone and/or camera needed).  A link for the group will be provided upon registry.

For more information, or to join: Email Adrienne at adriennem@reseauaccessnetwork.com, or call 705-688-0500, EXT 222

 

Holiday Heart and Crafts

Are you looking to help spread some Holiday Cheer?

The 2S-LGBTQ+ Seniors Program at Réseau ACCESS Network is looking for 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults to help us make cards for this years Holiday Hampers.This will be an in-person program, which means COVID-19 safety precautions apply. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information, or to join: Email Adrienne at adriennem@reseauaccessnetwork.com, or call 705-688-0500, EXT 222

Older & Bolder North

Older & Bolder North is a social and support group for 2S-LGBTQ+ adults who are 55 and older. The need to connect is greater than ever before with COVID-19 trying its best to keep us isolated, and we are happy to provide a safe, judgement-free space to be out, proud, and social!

New Horizons has allowed us to build partnerships across central and northern Ontario and create programming for 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults (55+). Agencies involved are Gilbert Centre in Barrie (covering Simcoe/Muskoka), AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, and Réseau ACCESS Network (covering the Greater Sudbury Area). While the pandemic has created immeasurable interruptions in our daily lives, it has also shown that there are opportunities to connect with people and communities that we may not normally have access to.

We are hoping that this will become a monthly gathering, and that we can help to build stronger communities of engaged, resilient older 2S-LGBTQ+ people across our regions.

Meetings will be held virtually through Zoom (phone, tablet, computer with microphone and/or camera needed).  A link for the group will be provided upon registry.

 For more information, or to join: Email Adrienne at adriennem@reseauaccessnetwork.com, or call 705-688-0500, EXT 222

Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk provides a time to socialize with good company, all while getting exercise!
Starting September 15th and running until October 20th, this walking program meets every Tuesday (weather permitting) at  1:30 pm for a light walk along the Bell Park Walkway (TGT-Jim Gordon Boardwalk).

This program takes into consideration COVID-19 Safety precautions (Walkers must physically distance, face coverings must be worn at all times, and hand sanitizer must be used at the start and end of the walk.

How to join: Email Adrienne at adriennem@reseauaccessnetwork.com or call 705-688-0500, EXT 222

Connecting Through Chatter

Every Wednesday from 1 pm – 4 pm we are offering friendly phone calls to connect, support, and get to know 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults. With the changes and uncertainty in the world, we want to remind folks that they are not alone!

If anyone feels they may benefit from a friendly chat, they can contact Adrienne at 705-688-0500 Ext. 222 or email adriennem@reseauaccessnetwork.com to set up a time on a Wednesday that works best for them.


 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adult (55+) Community Needs Assessment

The Seniors Program aims to support and empower those who identify as older adults (55+) within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community. Our goal will be to promote healthy relationships, address issues of isolation and to increase access to health and social services. The program will strive to provide a safe environment, training, health promotion workshops, social programs, client support and advocacy, and to create an environment that celebrates the diversity and visibility of 2S-LGBTQ+ older adults.

Réseau ACCESS Network is asking older adult (55+) members within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community and their Allies for their opinion and feedback. We are collecting information to help guide the development of programs to meet the specific needs of those accessing services provided by the Seniors’ Program Coordinator in the future. This survey should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to fill out. Participation is completely voluntary and willingness to participate, or not participate will not deter you from accessing present or future social programs or services.

Community Needs Assessment:

(English) 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adult Community Needs Assessment: https://beta.hrdownloads.com/take-survey/p/32320/b02c1aa1ed3db1bf3ff447e6292aaa3a

(French) Programme social destiné aux personnes âgées 2S-LGBTQ+ Évaluation des besoins communautaires:
https://beta.hrdownloads.com/take-survey/p/36944/295515298179c116880965e483d2ad07

 

Older Adult & Seniors Program Advisory Committee

Throughout the year, the 2S-LGBTQ+ Seniors Program hosts meetings for 2S-LGTQ+ members of the community who are 55 years and older to gather and discuss Réseau ACCESS Network’s senior programming and events. These meetings provide direction and assistance in planning the workshops, drop-in sessions, events, and socials to better meet the needs of those accessing services. This is an open meeting for folks to discuss activities: all those interested are encouraged to contact the Seniors Program Coordinator to join. 

 More information/Social media Links:

 For more information please contact the Seniors’ Program Coordinator, Adrienne (She/Her) at 705-688-0500 Ext.222 or by email at adriennem@reseauaccessnetwork.com

Social Media:

Facebook: 2s-lgbtq+ Seniors Program

Community Needs Assessment:

(English) 2S-LGBTQ+ Older Adult Community Needs Assessment:
https://beta.hrdownloads.com/take-survey/p/32320/b02c1aa1ed3db1bf3ff447e6292aaa3a

(French) Programme social destiné aux personnes âgées 2S-LGBTQ+ Évaluation des besoins communautaires:
https://beta.hrdownloads.com/take-survey/p/36944/295515298179c116880965e483d2ad07

LIENS – HIV | HEP C – LINKS

website ASO411

phone 1.705.688.0500 (local)

phone 1.800.465.2437 (toll-free)

 

website  CATIE – Hepatitis C & HIV Info

phone 1.800.263.1638

 

website  Canadian AIDS Society

phone 1.800.668.2437

 

website  Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

phone  416.595.1666

 

website  Community Drug Strategy

 

website  ConnexOntario

phone  Drug & Alcohol 1.800.565.8603 

phone  Mental Health 1.866.531.2600

 

website  Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance

phone  1.800.839.0369

 

website  HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic ON

phone  1-888-705-8889

 

website  LGBT Youth Hotline

phone  1.800.268.YOUTH

 

website  Ontario AIDS Network

phone  1.800.839.0369

 

website Ontario HIV Treatment Network

phone  1.877.743.6486

 

website SWANS

 

website  WHAI

 

website  World Hepatitis Alliance

 

 

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