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Reflecting on a Year of Growth

In April of 2017, we were thrilled to announce that the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) had chosen to support Over 55 through a Grow Grant.  The $397,000 awarded to our organisation has already had a significant impact in growing our membership base, as well as social enterprise revenues.  2018 Represented a record growth in the number of our Associate Members – individuals age 55+, who work as entrepreneurs delivering important services to the community.  With the support of OTF, we hope to do something that we have never done before: to achieve over 100 active senior entrepreneurs on our membership roster.

As we begin to enter the final year of our OTF Grow grant, we are also excited to expand to other communities, with our first pilot being in Guelph.

In closing, I would like to thank OTF, our community partners, staff, volunteers, and our Associate Members, as we look forward to the next phase of growth for Over 55 Skills At Work.

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Thanks to Our Volunteers

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of our volunteers. Over 55 had over 5,000 points of contact last year, and completed over 4,000 support services for people in London and area. This simply would not be possible without their support. Congratulations, and once again, THANK YOU!

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Help keep seniors in their homes longer!

As seen on CTV London News, Home Extend by Over55 provides low-income seniors with no-cost renovations to keep them in their homes longer. You can do your part to help our seniors by donating today, either by calling or visiting our offices, or online.

You can donate now to help Over55 continue to improve quality of life for Seniors in our community by donating.

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A Warmer, Safer Christmas through Home Extend

Thanks to the Home Extend pilot project created by Over 55 London in partnership with Pathways Skills Development and Placement Centre and funded by the Sifton Family Foundation, a senior couple will enjoy a warmer, safer Christmas and future in their newly upgraded home.  The Crasto’s 50 year old home was desperately in need of repairs to its heating, windows and doors, entrances, and safety features.  With limited financial resources, the couple was distressed at the prospect of being unable to remain in their home for much longer even though they both enjoy good health.  Fortunately, due to the level of need and with gratitude, the family were delighted to be chosen by Over 55 London  for the launch of  Home Extend, a pilot project to provide repairs and adaptations  in the categories of energy efficiency, accessibility, and safety at no cost so that Senior Citizens are able to stay in their homes longer.

Congratulations to the Crasto family.  May you enjoy many more years in your home.

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National Seniors Day

October 1, 2015 has been declared National Seniors Day!

The Government of Canada is proud to pay tribute to the seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.

National Seniors Day is an occasion for all Canadians to appreciate and celebrate the seniors in their lives.

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Building an Age-Friendly London

Over 55 London is an active participant in the Age Friendly London Network, so it should come as no surprise that on Friday March 27th, we were proud to  exhibit our table at the “Building An Age Friendly London” conference. This event, hosted by the Council for London Seniors and the City of London, saw over 300 people come through the doors, sharing our stories about  improving the lives of London seniors.  This was a great opportunity for Over 55 to reach out to people 55 and over, letting us network with other service providers in London and area, allowing us to learn about other organization who support older adults in London. This city has so many fabulous supports for the older people who live here, and we’re so happy we can be a part of it.