FOCUS ON SENIORS: Exit through the gift shop

News Dec 19, 2014 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has many partners. One in particular is very important to the organization.

The GRCOA office is located at 363 Colborne St. in space provided by the Grand River Community Health Centre (GRCHC). It is due in large part to the GRCHC that the council on aging has continued to thrive and grow.

The GRCHC is in a beautiful restored building that blends the old with the new. Original brick walls add warmth to the facility and age-friendly features such as automatic doors ensure accessibility for all.

It’s a busy place. Drop in any day of the week and you will see people participating in organized classes, workshops, cooking classes and fitness programs. Pass by the reception area and you will see people waiting for their medical appointments.

The GRCHC provides primary health care to residents living in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant. The motto “everyone matters” is evident in everything they do.

Programs, services and staff are in place to address primary health care needs. Illness prevention, health promotion planning, chronic disease prevention and management and providing accessible health care are important elements of the mission.

Ready for the holidays, wreaths decorate every door at the GRCHC. Presents, wrapped with seasonal, colourful trimmings, fill the window sills and shelves.

In the outdoor courtyard, greenery has been attractively draped with Christmas balls and twinkling lights. Completing the affect is a pine tree frosted with glittering snowflakes. GRCHC volunteers created the festive look.

Behind the scenes, volunteers have been busy with a new endeavour. Visitors to the GRCHC are invited to drop in to the volunteer room. There is a lending library and free coffee and tea are available.

New for this year, the volunteer room has a gift shop. The shelves are filled with creative items made by loving hands.

The hand-crafted cards immediately grab the attention. Arranged on a revolving display, there are greeting cards for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions.

They are truly beautiful, each of them one of a kind. The lucky recipients will surely treasure them.

Officially launched on Dec. 4, just in time for Christmas, the gift shop is about more than selling items for a profit

Gloria Ord, the community support facilitator for the GRCHC, oversees the shop. When talking about her hopes and dreams for this new endeavour, her eyes light up. With an engaging grin, her Scottish accent becomes a wee bit more noticeable as she speaks quickly and with passion. Her pride in this accomplishment is evident and well deserved.

This shop is something new and wonderfully different.

“To start with, the gift shop will be open on Thursdays at 1 p.m.” she said. “Two volunteers will manage the inquiries and the sales, but ideally, I’d like to have the shop open five days a week.”

The idea for the gift shop started with the Stitch ‘n Chat program. This social inclusion drop-in activity is an important program designed for women. Meeting each week gives the women a place to be. They are assured of a warm welcome. Working together, they share their skills and talents with one another. This builds confidence and friendships develop.

Over the years, the items produced around the table have also benefited the community. As an example, during the cold Canadian winters, warm, snuggly hats and mittens have been donated to people in need.

The social aspects of the group are important too. It is a valued aspect of getting together and the women look forward to sharing. One day they might reveal a treasured family recipe, while another week the focus is on the best way to remove a stain from carpet – and always they tell stories about their families.

As the gift shop idea caught on, some of the women offered to volunteer as sales staff. This new work will build on, or reinforce different skills such as customer service, handling cash, making change and recording each sale – all vital to the success of the enterprise. And after just one week in business, the shop is thriving.

Stitch ‘n Chat is just one example of the many, excellent groups, programs, and services to be found at the Grand River Community Health Centre.

Looking for that special Christmas gift, a new family doctor, information about your health, or programs you may enjoy, drop by 363 Colborne St. for a tour. If you do, be sure to visit the Grand River Council on Aging.

Happy holidays!

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Exit through the gift shop

Grand River Community Health Centre a key partner for seniors

News Dec 19, 2014 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has many partners. One in particular is very important to the organization.

The GRCOA office is located at 363 Colborne St. in space provided by the Grand River Community Health Centre (GRCHC). It is due in large part to the GRCHC that the council on aging has continued to thrive and grow.

The GRCHC is in a beautiful restored building that blends the old with the new. Original brick walls add warmth to the facility and age-friendly features such as automatic doors ensure accessibility for all.

It’s a busy place. Drop in any day of the week and you will see people participating in organized classes, workshops, cooking classes and fitness programs. Pass by the reception area and you will see people waiting for their medical appointments.

The GRCHC provides primary health care to residents living in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant. The motto “everyone matters” is evident in everything they do.

Programs, services and staff are in place to address primary health care needs. Illness prevention, health promotion planning, chronic disease prevention and management and providing accessible health care are important elements of the mission.

Ready for the holidays, wreaths decorate every door at the GRCHC. Presents, wrapped with seasonal, colourful trimmings, fill the window sills and shelves.

In the outdoor courtyard, greenery has been attractively draped with Christmas balls and twinkling lights. Completing the affect is a pine tree frosted with glittering snowflakes. GRCHC volunteers created the festive look.

Behind the scenes, volunteers have been busy with a new endeavour. Visitors to the GRCHC are invited to drop in to the volunteer room. There is a lending library and free coffee and tea are available.

New for this year, the volunteer room has a gift shop. The shelves are filled with creative items made by loving hands.

The hand-crafted cards immediately grab the attention. Arranged on a revolving display, there are greeting cards for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions.

They are truly beautiful, each of them one of a kind. The lucky recipients will surely treasure them.

Officially launched on Dec. 4, just in time for Christmas, the gift shop is about more than selling items for a profit

Gloria Ord, the community support facilitator for the GRCHC, oversees the shop. When talking about her hopes and dreams for this new endeavour, her eyes light up. With an engaging grin, her Scottish accent becomes a wee bit more noticeable as she speaks quickly and with passion. Her pride in this accomplishment is evident and well deserved.

This shop is something new and wonderfully different.

“To start with, the gift shop will be open on Thursdays at 1 p.m.” she said. “Two volunteers will manage the inquiries and the sales, but ideally, I’d like to have the shop open five days a week.”

The idea for the gift shop started with the Stitch ‘n Chat program. This social inclusion drop-in activity is an important program designed for women. Meeting each week gives the women a place to be. They are assured of a warm welcome. Working together, they share their skills and talents with one another. This builds confidence and friendships develop.

Over the years, the items produced around the table have also benefited the community. As an example, during the cold Canadian winters, warm, snuggly hats and mittens have been donated to people in need.

The social aspects of the group are important too. It is a valued aspect of getting together and the women look forward to sharing. One day they might reveal a treasured family recipe, while another week the focus is on the best way to remove a stain from carpet – and always they tell stories about their families.

As the gift shop idea caught on, some of the women offered to volunteer as sales staff. This new work will build on, or reinforce different skills such as customer service, handling cash, making change and recording each sale – all vital to the success of the enterprise. And after just one week in business, the shop is thriving.

Stitch ‘n Chat is just one example of the many, excellent groups, programs, and services to be found at the Grand River Community Health Centre.

Looking for that special Christmas gift, a new family doctor, information about your health, or programs you may enjoy, drop by 363 Colborne St. for a tour. If you do, be sure to visit the Grand River Council on Aging.

Happy holidays!

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Exit through the gift shop

Grand River Community Health Centre a key partner for seniors

News Dec 19, 2014 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has many partners. One in particular is very important to the organization.

The GRCOA office is located at 363 Colborne St. in space provided by the Grand River Community Health Centre (GRCHC). It is due in large part to the GRCHC that the council on aging has continued to thrive and grow.

The GRCHC is in a beautiful restored building that blends the old with the new. Original brick walls add warmth to the facility and age-friendly features such as automatic doors ensure accessibility for all.

It’s a busy place. Drop in any day of the week and you will see people participating in organized classes, workshops, cooking classes and fitness programs. Pass by the reception area and you will see people waiting for their medical appointments.

The GRCHC provides primary health care to residents living in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant. The motto “everyone matters” is evident in everything they do.

Programs, services and staff are in place to address primary health care needs. Illness prevention, health promotion planning, chronic disease prevention and management and providing accessible health care are important elements of the mission.

Ready for the holidays, wreaths decorate every door at the GRCHC. Presents, wrapped with seasonal, colourful trimmings, fill the window sills and shelves.

In the outdoor courtyard, greenery has been attractively draped with Christmas balls and twinkling lights. Completing the affect is a pine tree frosted with glittering snowflakes. GRCHC volunteers created the festive look.

Behind the scenes, volunteers have been busy with a new endeavour. Visitors to the GRCHC are invited to drop in to the volunteer room. There is a lending library and free coffee and tea are available.

New for this year, the volunteer room has a gift shop. The shelves are filled with creative items made by loving hands.

The hand-crafted cards immediately grab the attention. Arranged on a revolving display, there are greeting cards for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions.

They are truly beautiful, each of them one of a kind. The lucky recipients will surely treasure them.

Officially launched on Dec. 4, just in time for Christmas, the gift shop is about more than selling items for a profit

Gloria Ord, the community support facilitator for the GRCHC, oversees the shop. When talking about her hopes and dreams for this new endeavour, her eyes light up. With an engaging grin, her Scottish accent becomes a wee bit more noticeable as she speaks quickly and with passion. Her pride in this accomplishment is evident and well deserved.

This shop is something new and wonderfully different.

“To start with, the gift shop will be open on Thursdays at 1 p.m.” she said. “Two volunteers will manage the inquiries and the sales, but ideally, I’d like to have the shop open five days a week.”

The idea for the gift shop started with the Stitch ‘n Chat program. This social inclusion drop-in activity is an important program designed for women. Meeting each week gives the women a place to be. They are assured of a warm welcome. Working together, they share their skills and talents with one another. This builds confidence and friendships develop.

Over the years, the items produced around the table have also benefited the community. As an example, during the cold Canadian winters, warm, snuggly hats and mittens have been donated to people in need.

The social aspects of the group are important too. It is a valued aspect of getting together and the women look forward to sharing. One day they might reveal a treasured family recipe, while another week the focus is on the best way to remove a stain from carpet – and always they tell stories about their families.

As the gift shop idea caught on, some of the women offered to volunteer as sales staff. This new work will build on, or reinforce different skills such as customer service, handling cash, making change and recording each sale – all vital to the success of the enterprise. And after just one week in business, the shop is thriving.

Stitch ‘n Chat is just one example of the many, excellent groups, programs, and services to be found at the Grand River Community Health Centre.

Looking for that special Christmas gift, a new family doctor, information about your health, or programs you may enjoy, drop by 363 Colborne St. for a tour. If you do, be sure to visit the Grand River Council on Aging.

Happy holidays!