Grocery Shopping Expands!

Our Grocery Shopping program has proven to be extremely popular.   To meet the growing demand of this service, we are now offering the service on every other Tuesday. If you are currently using the Friday slot for our shopping program and find it busy, please consider trying one of our Tuesday dates. For safety concerns…

Lawn Care Service

There are several community agencies that offer Home Maintenance in the summer. This service usually includes mowing the lawn, light garden work and raking leaves in the fall. Each agency may have different rates and only service a portion of west-end Toronto. Please call them for details. York Fairbanks Centre for Seniors (416) 651-8300 CANES…

Client Fee Increase

Dear Clients, As the cost of delivering our services is increasing (i.e. the cost of gas and program supplies/food), Silver Circle – West Toronto Support Services is in a position where we will need to increase the fees for our Adult Day Service, Meals on Wheels, Home Help, Respite Care, and Grocery Shopping programs.  We…

You’re Invited! Junction Townhall Meeting

Come join the celebration and learn! The Ontario Trillium Foundation funded Feasibility Study for converting the old police station at 209 Mavety into a Community Hub is now complete!  With the assistance of Silver Circle-West    Toronto Support Services (WTSS), the Junction Commons Project (JCP) was able to hire a consultant to determine if the building…

What’s in a Name?

It’s time to get our clientele’s and community member’s feedback again. It’s been just over five years since we had a branding exercise that introduced Silver Circle to our agency name.   With this new image came a new look, new brochures and a new website. And now we want to know if it’s working.   As…

Annual Client Satisfaction Survey

Silver Circle – West Toronto Support Services’ (WTSS) 2013 client satisfaction survey was developed in order to give clients and caregivers the opportunity to provide direct and measurable feedback to WTSS. The results will be used to help steer the organization forward by evaluating and improving services as well as identifying areas for new programming.…

SPRINT Senior Care Doubles Number of FREE Exercise Classes

SPRINT has recently doubled its number of free exercise classes for seniors.  Their classes are great for keeping fit and having fun. They also include chair-based exercises, low-impact cardio, bands and balance, and chair yoga.  For information go online at http://sprintseniorcare.org/  or call SPRINT Senior Care at (416)481.6411.  The classes are potentially ideal for anyone…

Did you Know?

If you can’t get to the library, the library can come to you!  The Toronto Public Library offers the following services for those that may have mobility issues: Home Services Home Library Service is available for Toronto residents who are homebound for three months or longer due to age, illness or disability. A variety of…

Junction Seniors Gathering

The Junction Seniors Gathering meet twice a week socially for an hour in the Junction Neighbourhood.   Enjoy conversations at the local coffee shops with friends – everyone is welcome! Meetings: Tuesday mornings 10 am to 11 am at   Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas Street W. Friday afternoons 2 pm to 3 pm at      Pascal’s Baguette &…

Voice your Opinion on Canada Post

Canada Post is looking at ways to modernize operations to battle the decreasing use of regular mail.  Some of these will impact seniors and adults with disabilities such as eliminating home delivery and increasing postage rates significantly. Over the next five years, Canadian households that receive their mail at their door will be converted to…

Income Tax Clinic

It’s that time of year again.   We will be hosting our tax clinic in the same location as past years with our partners. This program is provided in part by the CVITP (The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program) whose objective is to help eligible taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their income tax…

TTC Support Person Free to Travel

Support persons travelling with people with disabilities will no longer pay a fare on the TTC. As of Jan. 1, a support person accompanying a TTC customer with a disability will no longer be required to pay a fare. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act defines a support person as someone who assists a…

Food Safety

Residents who have been without power, or recently had their power restored, are advised to reduce the risk of a food borne illness: If you have been without power for 24 hours or longer, all food in the fridge should be thrown out. During a power outage of 48 hours or longer, all food in…

Emergency Preparation Kits

Emergency situations such as black outs in the winter can be hazardous to anyone and it’s best to be prepared with an emergency kit.  It should be kept in an accessible location and easy to carry.  Stored water should be changed every six months.  Kits should be reviewed once a year and    batteries should be…

Snow Removal

There are other options to have your snow  removed near or on your property.   The  services can vary from each neighbourhood and not every option will be available or may not apply to everyone.   City of Toronto Some of the sidewalks in Toronto are cleared of snow within 36 hours if the accumulation is…

Preventing Frozen Pipes

If you don’t have heat for your home and the temperature drops to well below freezing, consider leaving a tap open enough for a trickle of water so there is some movement of water in pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing. If you are leaving your home because of no heat, you can shut…

Swansea Lunches Return!

We continue to provide monthly lunches at Swansea Town Hall with the Swansea Area Senior’s Association into the new year. For only $5.00 a lunch of Soup and Sandwich, dessert, homemade soup and tea/coffee and juice will be served. The first lunch is on:   Monday, January 27 at 12:30 pm 93 Lavinia Ave.

Retirement Security Forum

With  Peggy Nash MP & Murray Rankin Faced with an aging population, growing  inequality and increasing costs of living, the federal government must take action to  ensure that all Canadians can retire in dignity rather than poverty.  On January 25, 2014, Peggy Nash hosts an informative discussion on pensions and retirement security in Canada alongside…

A New Lunch at Loyola

Join us as we extend our popular Thursday lunches to another day!  At 1709 Bloor St. W. we will be adding an   additional date to our lunches.  A three month trial on January 7, February 4 & March 4 (the first Tuesday of each month) at 12pm.  Same team, same Soup & Sandwich you love!  Call (416)…

Keeping Warm in your Home

As we begin the new year and look forward to warmer weather, we  provides some additional insight into dealing with the cold and persistent snowy weather of late.  Temperatures have been colder than usual and you’ll find some tips and tricks to help make your home a warmer without adding significant costs. Blackouts such as…

Toronto Public Health eCounselling Service

Toronto Public Health now offers free, confidential and anonymous online counselling for Toronto  residents.  Their nurse and dietitian can provide information on a wide range of topics.  Some examples   include: Chronic Disease Prevention (e.g., diabetes, cancer, heart disease Senior’s concerns Mental Health Promotion Nutrition Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Sexual Health Promotion Substance Misuse…

Help Give Back

Help give back to Meals on Wheels.   Meals on Wheels Facebook Donation Campaign Meridian Credit Union has started a social networking campaign to support Meals on Wheels in Ontario. For every “like” they receive on their Facebook holiday photo on the Meridian Credit Union Facebook page they will donate $2 to Meals on Wheels…

Swansea Area Senior’s Association

Retired and looking for something new?  Why not zoom down to Swansea Town Hall and meet some new people and have some fun! The Swansea Area Seniors’ Association (SASA) is located in the Swansea area of West Toronto in The Swansea Town Hall.   They  offer a wide variety of engaging programs that bring out the…

Time to renew your Membership!

Silver Circle – West Toronto Services for Seniors (SC-WTSS) was founded by  community members to serve older adults 55+, frail elderly and care givers. Members bring the voice of the community to the agency and enhance our service.  Consider being involved by becoming a member of SC-WTSS.   Membership is valid from Jan. 1, 2014…

United Way Wrap-Up

Our United Way Campaign has wrapped up this year.   We raised a total of $3,070.00!!  This is an     increase over last year’s fundraising.  All proceeds will go towards  supporting United Way of Toronto. Our largest money making event this year was the CN Tower climb, followed by our staff pledge drive.   In the office, employees…

West Toronto Community Legal Services

West Toronto Community Legal Services, located near Bloor St. W. and Dundas St. W., provides legal assistance to vulnerable individuals. The legal services centre may     assist with ODSP issues, social assistance, housing and landlord issues, pensions,  poverty law among other things.  The clinic is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.  Fees are waived if individuals meet…

Snow Shoveling Service

Are you looking for help with snow shoveling this season? Consider the services offered by Humber Services for Seniors – they are offering their service this year for the first time in our catchment.

“Old Age Ain’t for Sissies”

Mixed Company Theatre presents “Old Age Ain’t for Sissies”, a production created by Seniors for Seniors, touring to senior homes and senior’s centres from November 4th – 22nd 2013. This show explores the Bette Davis quote, “Getting old ain’t for Sissies.” The production highlights the many realities of aging in a fast paced, and culturally…

Junction Commons Project

Did you know that Silver Circle-West Toronto Services for Seniors (SC-WTSS) not only provides services but also advocates in the community where projects may have benefits to our target audience in different capacities? Recently, we have been approved for a collaborative grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) with the Junctions Commons Project (JCP). In…

BMO Lends a Hand

On Thursday, November 7th, a team of four volunteers from the Bank of Montreal lent their energies to helping our Community Dining Program. The event was organized through the United Way of Toronto as a means for corporations who contribute to the annual campaign to experience first-hand where the funds are used. Our agency may…

Volunteer Profile: Alex Lee

Alex Lee – Meals on Wheels Dept. One knows when Alex has arrived.   He’ll show up with an air of friendly confidence and gladly greet each and everyone with a “Hi”. Not one to waste time, he’ll happily go about making sure that everyone is ready to get started.    Alex has a few roles at…

EMS Emergency Contact Sheet

Emergency situations can be  hazardous for anyone, especially seniors and adults with disabilities.  To ensure you get the proper care in the event of an emergency, the  Toronto Medical Emergency Services (EMS) have developed a sheet  called In Case of Emergency, or ICE for short.   We encourage everyone to fill out the form provided in…

Free Community Forum – Retirement and Pensions

Free community forum – Retirement and Pensions – of special interest to those not on a company Pension Plan. Bring a friend, neighbour or one of your adult children. Since 1969 Ontario’s Canadian Pensioners Concerned has had income security as a priority. Retirement for present and younger generations is our concern. Join us on Tuesday, November…

Online Caregiving Videos

Your team at West Toronto Services for Seniors, recognizes the importance of current advice and resources for Canadians providing care for aging relatives and friends.  It is our goal to include information from a variety of resources:  our agency, government, and other private or public organizations*. In the news today, Thursday October 24, 2013: RBC…

Program Notice: Grocery Shopping Program

Program Notice:  Grocery Shopping program Due to space restrictions and safety concerns, please note the following in regards to carrying limit for the Grocery Shopping program: Please remember that this program is to help individuals with their grocery shopping (food items).   Thank you.  Please call our  transportation dept. with any questions (416) 653-3535 Ext. 242

Poverty Among Toronto’s Elderly should be Top of Mind

The issue of poverty among elderly Toronto residents isn’t being paid enough attention, says the executive director of a seniors’  charity. According to Thom Burger, of Silver Circle West Toronto Services for Seniors, a range of problems—from an inability to leave home, to health and financial issues—can combine to negatively affect the well-being of vulnerable older people.…

Frozen Food Home Delivery

Do you want minimal hassle? Like to eat on your own agenda? Need to continue a lifestyle? Every week you have a chance at selecting over 65 delicious entrees, 14 soups and a wide selection of regular and low-sugar desserts.   These numbers do not include our separate menu for clients who require or prefer renal,…

The Gendered Lens Project

A report was released this spring entitled The Gendered Lens:  A Report on Women’s Experiences with Video Surveillance and Urban Security in Toronto.    Silver Circle – West Toronto Services for Seniors had a role in contributing to the  report by arranging to have a group of our clients participate.   The project looked at  various women…

Cheri DiNovo speaks at SASA Community Dining

On June 24, Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale High-Park was a guest speaker at our Swansea Area Senior’s Association (SASA) Swansea  Dining Program at 95 Lavinia Ave.    She spoke to the group about issues affecting older adults and government business on the provincial  level.  There was time for a question and     answer period before everyone…