The City and YMCA Employment and Settlement Services have teamed up to meet a growing need in our community.
On Saturday, officials hosted the first seniors’ workshop aimed at people who’ve come to Canada as immigrants.
More than 25 newcomers attended the workshop at T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre to learn about how to identify and prevent elder abuse and community resources available to seniors.
The City says the next event for the Newcomer Seniors Workshops Series is Picnic in the Park on Saturday, May 25 from Noon to 3 at Mohawk Park.
The newcomer seniors programming is part of Brantford’s Healthy Aging Plan, aimed at optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security to enhance the quality of life as people age.
The City says a key focus of the Healthy Aging Plan is reducing social isolation.
Newcomers are at a greater risk of social isolation due to additional barriers such as language comprehension and child-care responsibilities according to the newcomer needs assessment conducted by the City of Brantford in the summer of 2018.