What we offer

  • Meet other older adults (55+) to make new friends and build networks
  • Learn about your community
  • Participate in meaningful social activities
  • Improve your digital literacy skills (how to access programs online)
  • Share your skills and abilities with peers (Senior Navigators)
  • Help reduce social isolation of other immigrant adults and seniors
  • Gain satisfaction in contributing to the wellbeing of older adults/seniors

“Feel empowered by gaining skills necessary to use online platforms to participate in virtual settlement workshops, conversation circles and field trips offered by ISSofBC and other community agencies.”

You can join if you are
  • 55 years old and up
  • Permanent resident
  • Protected Person as defined in S. 95 of IRPA
  • Individuals who have been selected to become permanent residents and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC
  • Live-in Caregiver or Temporary Foreign Worker
  • Provincial nominees who are still awaiting a letter of approval for permanent residency from IRCC
  • Naturalized Canadian citizen
  • Priority given to newcomers who have been in Canada five (5) years or less.
Locations Available

Activities

Peer Support Groups

  • Weekly peer support groups offered in English and select first languages
  • Guest speakers based on interests and needs of the group
  • Drop-in sessions to allow seniors to ask questions and practice newly acquired tech skills
  • Training on digital access for mobile phones or tablets
  • Supporting settlement challenges
  • Learning more about Canadian culture
  • Connections to resources in the community
  • Sharing experiences and discussing common concerns

Peer Group Facilitation Training

  • Facilitation training sessions for Senior Navigators as well as orientation to settlement services and seniors’ services in the community
  • Training on digital access for mobile phones
  • Graduates of the training go on to facilitate a 10- 12 week peer support group with the assistance of ISSofBC staff
  • Gaining valuable volunteer/work experience

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help foster social inclusion and improve seniors’ health and well-being. 

For more information

Burnaby /Vancouver
Call: 604-395-8000
Email: seniors.burnaby@issbc.org

Tri-Cities/Surrey
Call: 604-351-4519
Email:  newhorizons@issbc.org