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Workshop 2 – Staying Socially Connected

Assess your own connectedness, both social and other, look at ways to improve your connectedness and consider meaning and purpose in your life.


In this session, you will:

  • define and discuss your thoughts about meaning and purpose in your life
  • assess your own levels of connectedness
  • commit to taking action to improve your level of connectedness


2-1-1 Community Information Centre of Ottawa
Connects you with supports and services, such as meals on wheels, home help, respite, group grocery buses, transportation, telephone assurance, volunteer visitors
Dial 2-1-1

3-1-1 City of Ottawa
Provides information and services for adults 50+, such as recreation and leisure programs, financial resources, housing, or health and support services
Dial 3-1-1

310-2222 Champlain Local Health Integration Network
Provides a range of health-care services and resources to support you at home or in the community champlain/en

A Friendly Voice
Offers a telephone friendly visiting line for seniors 50+
613-696-9992 or 1-855-892-9992;

Seniors Centre Without Walls
Organizes free telephone group activities for seniors 55+ and adults with physical disabilities
613-236-0428 ext. 2323

LGBT Wellbeing Check-in Program
Provides a telephone assurance program for LGBT adults with disabilities (18+) and older adults (55+)

Canadian Mental Health Association – Ottawa Branch
Helps you tackle depression and anxiety

Elder Abuse Response and Referral Service
Provides intake, information, consultation, referrals, and support service for seniors at-risk or who are in an abusive situation
613-596-5626 ext. 230

Primary Care Outreach to Seniors
Provides support and links to community resources for vulnerable seniors through a home visiting program

Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Accessible Services
Makes library resources accessible to people with disabilities including: Homebound Services, assistive technology, and accessible collections
613-580-2424 ext. 28321

Volunteer Ottawa
Helps you find volunteer opportunities to give back to your community, meet new people, and use your skills or learn new ones
For seniors who wish to increase their social connections, here are some online options for meeting local people in person.

Amintro is an easy to use social app and online community created exclusively for adults 50+ that connects you with people in your area that share common interests and backgrounds.

Meetup is an online platform for finding and building local communities. People use Meetup to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zones, and pursue passions, together. Join a local group to meet people, try something new, or do more of what you love.

Elder Abuse Response and Referral Service
613-596-5626 ext. 230
Provides intake, information, consultation, referrals, and support service for seniors at risk or who are in an abusive situation.

Minwaashin Lodge
Crisis Line: 613-789-1141
Provides programs and services to Indigenous women and children who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit Urban Inuit Community Centre (TI)
TI aims to empower and enhance the lives of Inuit residing in Ontario. TI offers a supportive environment that attempts to duplicate the community spirit and cultural surrounding of the Inuit homelands.

Odawa Native Friendship Centre
613-722 3811
Offers various programs and services to Indigenous people of all ages. PROGRAMS: for children, lifelong care, healthy living, community justice, and recreation. Can also help connect you to other useful resources and programs.

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
Creates and delivers services to prevent ill health, treat illness and provide support and aftercare. PROGRAMS: Clinic (holistic health), healthy living, housing support, workshops & recreation.

This information was correct at the time of producing. It may change without notice.

Call 2-1-1 for up-to-date information.

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