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The Senior Connector Program

The Senior Connector Program

Status: Ongoing


Region of Halton Canada
Print this page City population: 10000019% over 60Practice started in 2014


The Senior Connector program is a volunteer program offering resources and referrals to seniors, their families and caregivers. Senior Connectors empower others with knowledge to make informed decisions. Connections are made by senior volunteers through face to face contact with their peers in the communities where they live.In 2013 Volunteer Halton, a program of Community Development Halton, successfully completed a Senior Ambassador initiative, where senior volunteer leaders provided peer support promoting active aging through volunteerism. With input from the Senior Ambassador Advisory Committee and the Burlington Age-Friendly Council (BAFC) it was identified that there is a need for seniors and their families to understand and access current resources, information and services. Seniors endorsed the Senior Connector program as they strongly support the one-on-one exchange of information, services and programs that will enhance their quality of life. With Volunteer Halton as the lead, and Burlington Age Friendly Council as a collaborative partner, the development and implementation of the Senior Connector Program was created. Senior peer volunteers are educated and trained on information and services that are available in the region of Halton. Upon completion of the training, volunteers are provided with placements where seniors congregate and/or reside, such as; community dinners, pharmacies, libraries, senior centres, faith groups, exercise programs and senior residences.Seniors Connectors have documented all inquiries that have been asked by their peers. The most significant resources and information requested include the following:1. Falls and safety2. Loneliness3. Caregiving4. End of life planning5. Transportation6. Housing7. Dental care8. Medication coverage9. Mental healthThe Senior Connectors have indicated this volunteer position has made an invaluable contribution to their health and well-being.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Older persons' family members and caregivers

Sector(s): Information and communication

Desired outcome for older people:
Learn, grow and make decisions

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Accessibility
  • Intergenerational activities

Contact details

Name: Coburn, Ann

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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