Metchosin seniors’ centre draws even the grandkids

Seniors in Metchosin have a new space to pop in to use a computer, have a cup of tea or solve a puzzle

Mary Gidney

Seniors in Metchosin have a new space to pop in to use a computer, have a cup of tea, solve a puzzle or just have a conversation.

The Metchosin Senior’s Information Resource Centre opened a few weeks ago and it’s already well used, with people even bringing in  grandchildren.

“We are an age-friendly location,” said volunteer Mary Gidney.

The centre is a space for seniors to meet and get information. It’s also the home of the seniors information line. Seniors can call for a free ride to doctor’s appointments or find information about a trusted person to hire for handiwork or snow removal.

“It’s still so new that we still aren’t sure everything we are going to offer. We are seeking input from seniors to see what they want,” said the 62-year-old.

Gidney explained the centre will help Metchosin seniors because living in the rural district can be isolating.

“You could live on five acres and never even know who your neighbours are,” she said.

The centre operates through the Metchosin Community Association with a $20,000 grant from the Union of B.C. Municipalities geared to help seniors age in place.

The centre is open to seniors from across the West Shore, but the ride service is provided only for Metchosin residents.

The centre will host an open house on March 21 from 1 to 7 p.m.

It’s open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4495 Happy Valley Rd.

 

For more information call  250-478-5150.