May 28, 2020
Seniors Sector News
ESCC SECURES FUNDING TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE EDMONTON SENIORS DURING COVID-19

The Federal Government recently announced $9M in new funds through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to support community-based initiatives across Canada during COVID-19. In Alberta, these funds are being distributed through the United Way Alberta Capital Region. 

ESCC successfully applied for $50K in funds for the pandemic response. The funds received by ESCC will be distributed to local seniors-serving organizations to increase their capacity to help vulnerable seniors, including:
  • Providing delivery services for food, pharmacy, essential supplies
  • Meeting basic needs
  • Delivering remote social activities, such as online and phone programming
  • Providing transportation so seniors can attend essential medical appointments
Contact Sheila Hallett at sheila@seniorscouncil.net for information on how your organization can access funds.
CHANGES TO PPE MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION 
Government of Alberta

On May 25, the Alberta government announced changes to the management and distri bution of personal protective equipment (PPE),  including  masks, gloves and gowns. Going forward the province is focusing the supply of   critical  PPE to organizations that are at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19. These include hospital workers, first responders, and those working in publicly  funded  or contracted homeless  shelters and  seniors care facilities  ( including  seniors  lodges and di sability agencies ) The Alberta Biz  C onnect web page can help non-health organizations and businesses source their own PPE  supply  
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations web page)
Grants and Awards
COVID-19 EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is making grants available to non-profits across Canada in support of their direct service delivery to those who are most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Grants will focus on organizations delivering critical community-based supports to vulnerable populations in Canada and organizations addressing a pressing social inclusion or well-being need.

Granting Program for Non-Profits
Non-profits may apply for financial support in one of the activity categories:
  • Responding to increased demand for vital services and goods as a result of COVID-19
  • Adapting or realigning existing service delivery and programming to a COVID-19 reality to support existing service delivery
  • Delivering new services or programming as a result of new needs or losses arising as a result of COVID-19
  • Recruiting, engaging and supporting volunteers for direct service delivery required to respond to COVID-19
  • Community awareness, information and education related to COVID-19 to mitigate risk and impact, support recovery and resiliency and/or prevention
Non-profits can apply for activities with a budget of a minimum $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000. All activities and expenditures must take place between April 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020. Recognizing that organizations are already responding to community needs, proposals can include costs that have already been incurred.

Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program
This program will support the health and wellbeing of frontline workers by equipping them with critical personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, and will train them to use this equipment to ensure their health and wellbeing. Successful applicants for the program will receive a 60-day supply of PPE, which includes one mask and two pairs of gloves.

The deadline to apply for both programs is June 21, 2020. Review the Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.
More awards and funding news  (links to the ESCC News for Seniors Organizations and Funding Options web pages)
Resources
NEW INFORMATION PACKAGE POINTS EDMONTON SENIORS IN RIGHT DIRECTION DURING COVID-19
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

A new information package compiling services for vulnerable Edmonton seniors is now available. The package was compiled by ESCC and includes services currently offered by a number of seniors-serving organizations in Edmonton. Download the package to find out how to access:
  • Health services
  • Free/low cost food
  • Free/low cost grocery delivery services
  • Low cost prepared meals
  • Transportation
  • Friendly calls and remote social programming
  • Technology assistance
More resources for sector staff
(links to the ESCC Resources web page)
Learning Opportunities
IFA VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES: COVID-19 AND OLDER PEOPLE - TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION AS ENABLERS
International Federation on Ageing
May 29, 7 - 8 a.m. (GMT-4)
Free

COVID-19 has brought with it many unprecedented challenges, particularly regarding the impacts on older people. Physical distancing has exacerbated the isolation experienced by older adults and presented barriers to treatment in a variety of health care settings. As a result, more attention is now being paid to the role of technology and innovations in battling some of the negative health consequences associated with physical distancing. The discussion around the roles of technology and innovation in the health care environment is essential as we collectively navigate the challenges and opportunities facing older people during this COVID-19 pandemic. Join this virtual town hall.
DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET 
Idealware
June 2, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Videos and podcasts are a powerful-and increasingly affordable-way to tell your story. What do you need to know to go from concept to broadcasting effective videos and publishing podcasts, without spending big bucks? This webinar will walk through the tools and best practices you'll need to effectively create, shoot, edit, and publish videos and podcasts on a shoestring budget.
AGE + ACTION VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
National Council on Aging (NCOA)
June 8 - 11
$100 - $500 (USD)

Now more than ever, professionals in aging need to connect, learn, and share the best ways to serve older adults. NCOA is committed to supporting you as you meet the needs of older adults in your community during the COVID-19 outbreak and has moved the  conference online.

As a virtual attendee, you will have access to all conference materials, live webcasts of plenary sessions and concurrent sessions, recorded on-demand sessions, and the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
DONOR COMMUNICATIONS TO SEE YOU THROUGH EVERY CRISIS
Bloomerang
June 18, 1 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

COVID-19 hit every nonprofit hard. But why were some organizations able to quickly rebound - and even increase their fundraising - with barely a glitch? Discover how a strong donor communications system will see your organization through any crisis. Participants will emerge from this webinar with an understanding of how strong, multi-channel donor communications builds sustainability through any crisis.
EFCL'S FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE, CULTURE AND HISTORY
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
June 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Free

Tipi Teachings is an initiative that was created by the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) to bring Indigenous culture, knowledge, and diversity to Edmonton community leagues. In this interactive webinar, Rayna Gopaul, EFCL's Indigenous Programs, Protocol & Practice Advisor provides an overview of the history, culture, and demographics of First Nations in Alberta and Canada generally, and demonstrates why programming like Tipi Teachings is essential to good community building. Learn how you can champion reconciliation and how you can build strong partnerships with local organizations and enrich your community by building new relationships and creating new opportunities and experiences that celebrate cultural diversity and inclusion.
More learning opportunities for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector  (links to the ESCC Learning Opportunities web page)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
DRAGONFLY COMMUNITY CONNECTOR
Sage Seniors Association

The Dragonfly Community Connector will be responsible for providing in-depth screening of older adults to identify potential social and health referrals. They will participate in follow-up services addressing the social, emotional and health needs of older adults through assessment, support, connecting to resources, and system navigation. The Connector will work with individuals in a supportive, holistic way to address practical and psychological barriers, such as a lack of transport, low confidence, and social isolation. 

Qualifications for this position include registration as social worker with the ACSW. A Bachelor of Social Work is considered an asset. This is a temporary full-time (35 hours/week) position. The deadline to apply for this role is June 1. See the detailed posting for additional details and application instructions. 
ASSESSMENT, SUPPORTS AND HOUSING COORDINATOR
Sage Seniors Association

Sage is  hiring  an assessment, supports and housing coordinator to provide assessment, information, referral, support and system navigation to older adults . This includes assisting older adult s  in becoming familiar with housing options .   Other tasks include helping older adults prioritize their needs mak ing  informed referral s  as necessary  and  responding to calls from families of older adults, community members and professionals regarding available resources.  The ideal candidate is eligible for registration with the Alberta College of Social Work, has  experience  in the human services field, and knowledge o f resources for seniors in Edmonton This is a temporary full-time (35 hours/week) position. The deadline to apply is June 5. See the detailed posting for additional details and application instructions. 
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings web page)
News and Events for Seniors
SPRING ONLINE LEARNING SERIES
Charon Consulting
Classes run May 28 - June 26
Some sessions $25 and some free

Learn something interesting and practical for spring. These seminars and information sessions cover a range of topics related to change and end of life planning, including the role of the executor, stress management, setting healthy boundaries, and more. Email hello@ginacanhelp.com or call 780-445-0104 to learn more. 
VIRTUAL MEN'S SHED
Men's Sheds Association of Edmonton, Downtown Shed
Fridays, 1 - 3 p.m.
Free

The Downtown Men's Shed has moved meetings online. The virtual shed provides an opportunity for Edmonton men to meet for casual coffee chats and socialize over shared interests and hobbies.

This Friday, May 29 enjoy a presentation by Tom Long, a local historian and interpreter from Fort Edmonton Park.
SAY WHAT? Eight Unbelievable Stories of Edmonton's Past
Some bits of history are just so bizarre, you can't believe they actually happened. Take a journey through nine ridiculous stories and, in the end, guess which one of them is a fake. Truth is stranger than fiction!

If you would like to join the meeting, email Michael at michael.hoyt@edmonton.ca.
SENIORS' CENTRE WITHOUT WALLS
June
Free

Seniors' Centre Without Walls has released their June calendar and it is full of interesting programs. Check out live music and acting performances, learning sessions such as bird watching and Canadian history, health presentations, singalongs, coffee chats, support groups, and much more. 

Review the June schedule and learn more at www.espcn.ca/SCWW. Call 780-395-2626 to register.
SENIORS' WEEK CELEBRATION 
The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women (329 Woodvale Road W)
June 4, 1-2 p.m.
Free

Celebrate Seniors' Week with a fun drive-thru event. The Shaama Centre invites you to drive through with your family or a friend between 1 and 2 p.m. and pick up a nice treat to celebrate. Reserve your spot using Eventbrite. For more information call 780-465-2992 or email at light@shaama.ca.
PHONE PAL PROGRAM
Strathcona Place Society
Free

This program supports older Edmontonians to connect to their community. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving phone calls, contact Danielle by calling 780-433-5807 or emailing volunteers@strathconaplace.com.  
PIANO BAR LIVESTREAM
Jim Clayton 
Nightly, 9 p.m. (Eastern)
Free

Jim Clayton has been performing nightly "piano bar" streams since the pandemic began, where he takes requests from his growing audience. The evening includes a virtual tip jar, which goes to Glad Day Bookshop's emergency fund, helping artists, performers and tip-workers from the LGBTQ+ community. 
IMPROV HOUSE PARTY
The Second City
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 8 p.m. (Eastern)
Admission by donation

We know Edmontonians love their improv, so here is an opportunity to enjoy improv theatre from home. Join famed Second City improvisers for a real-time, interactive, and socially "together" virtual experience. Each show allows audience members to participate and give suggestions to the performers, with hilarious results. 
COOKING CLASSES
The Shaama Centre for Seniors and Women
Classes begin in mid-June
Free

Learn to make south Asian dishes from the comfort of your home. The cooking class coordinator will invite different experts in the community to do a weekly demo. Each week one senior will get to sample the food cooked. Classes will be conducted using Zoom and Google Meet. For more information call Iram at 780-465-2992 or email at light@shaama.ca.
GET GARDENING TIPS
Birds and Blooms
Free

Thanks to our friends from Southwest Seniors Outreach Society for forwarding this great opportunity. 

If you want to cultivate your garden, but need to spend some time cultivating your green thumb first, subscribe to this free newsletter. Each newsletter contains useful information, such as top 10 plant lists, butterfly gardening ideas and tips to attract more birds to your backyard. With these tips, your garden will be blooming beautifully in no time flat. 
*NEW TIME* RECESS INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM 
Mill Woods Seniors Association 
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Free 

T he time  for this new online intergenerational  program   has changed.  Going forward, this program will take place from  11  until  noon  every  Wednesday Get ready to channel your inner kid in this fun online social  event  where  older  adults and kids meet for conversations and games. Email karen@mwsac.ca with the subject line "Recess" to register and receive your  meeting join link.   
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors web page)
MORE INFORMATION

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