After a couple of months of intense negotiating, Over 55 Skills at Work has successfully partnered with Neighbourhood Watch London. The embattled community safety program was facing severe funding cuts, leaving its fate uncertain. Our very own Rodolfo Martinez saw an opportunity to help, recognizing the important role Neighbourhood Watch plays within the community. Boasting over 460 chapters and over 22,000 households, Neighbourhood Watch is a strong presence in the Forest City.
As the years have continued to progress—as they do—so too have the calls to address climate change. While the problem is indeed global, changing habits at a local level can help offset the strain on our environment. This isn’t new news, but knowledge is power, and sometimes a little encouragement is all we need. Knowing how to reduce your carbon footprint from home is a great first step toward addressing a wasteful lifestyle.
2019 is officially upon us, and as is custom, people like to begin the new year with a clean slate. New Year’s resolutions (whether or not they’re fully realized) are all about putting your good intentions out into the universe. So, it’s probably no coincidence that Netflix’s wildly popular Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, is trending these days. Therefore, we’ve decided to put together some quick tips for decluttering your home.
Alberta clippers, polar vortexes, and nor’easters are on the way. Will it be another snowmageddon or a snowpocalypse? A Snowtastrophe? Complete snownihilation? However your news station decides to characterize this year’s somehow-record-breaking winter season, one thing is certain: we are sure to get weather. With that said, it’s important to remember to properly winterize your home, otherwise you may run into trouble sooner than you’d like as the snow thaws. Here are a few things to keep in mind before hibernation really sets in.
The season of grey clouds, frosted car windows, and laneways blocked by city plows is upon us. And just because it’s easy to slide into hermit mode, that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom. There are a variety of ways we can steel ourselves against the winter woes, and we’ve come up with a short list of methods to help boost the mood this season. This list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it ranked in any particular order. So, do with it as you will, because like it or not, winter is here.
Working out and staying active is important through all walks of life. The most difficult thing about it can be sticking to a routine. I know that when it is sunny and hot outside I would rather be by the beach or my pool than working out. Then in the winter it is so cold and outside that working out does not really cross my mind all that much. Before you know it a whole year has gone by and you have had less than a handful of workouts completed. Well if this is you, this is the right article for you to be reading. I am gonna show you tips and tricks to help keep you active all year round.
When you wake up in the morning you have the choice to decide how you go about your day. Whether you choose to sleep until noon, wake up and exercise, or maybe stay inside and read a book for the day. The most important thing is that you get to decide. This article is about how you can fully enjoy life’s luxuries and the joys of life.
Volunteering for community is beneficial at any age. Helping out your community not only benefits your neighbourhood but also helps you to feel accomplished. There are so many places in London and the surrounding area that could always use the extra helping hand. Here are some ways that you could help.
Aging well in your home is becoming a reality for more seniors in Canada, here is how…
We have all heard the saying that there is no place like home, and as you continue to age that saying becomes more and more relevant. The comfort of your own home is something that can feel irreplaceable. This blog post will share with you how you can prepare to live independently in your home as you continue to age.
Thank You OTF!
For over 30 years, Over 55 has operated as one of London’s oldest social enterprises. We support entrepreneurs age 55+ who offer a variety of services, including home repairs, cleaning, transportation, and more. To date, our Associate Members have served over 25,000 clients in London and area, many of which are seniors themselves.
While we have had many successes throughout our history, now is the time to grow and diversify our organization. Seniors have long been ignored by key initiatives, and in particular senior entrepreneurship has not been considered high priority. We are grateful that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has recognized the need for a solution in our community. With the valuable support of the OTF, we aim to scale our current social enterprise so that we can create more senior entrepreneurs in London.
Additionally, we have identified diversity as a strategic focus. Over 55 will be working with the Canadian Latin American Association to recruit new, diverse Associate Members, and in addition we will seek to add more female members to our organization. We will also be working towards using our business model to help combat senior poverty, by connecting our members 55+ to flexible, short-term, self-employment opportunities.
We would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for seeing the value of Over 55, and recognizing the economic impact that our seniors can still contribute to our community. We hope that you will support us as we launch this exciting project. Thank you.