The Friendly Connections Program provides socialization and companionship to isolated seniors as well as adults with disabilities.
COVID-19 update: The Friendly Connections Program is still operating during COVID-19 as a phone-based program. In-person visiting is currently on pause.
What does the Friendly Connections Program do?
In the Friendly Connections Program, volunteers promote companionship and support through one-on-one home visits (currently on pause during COVID-19) and/or regular phone calls to seniors in the community. The program helps clients to maintain a social contact and integrates them more effectively into the community.
With the support of a volunteer or facilitator, program participants also engage in social media activities through the Social Media Club to connect with family members and to broaden their network of friends and support systems. The program facilitates language learning through the English Learning Club and organizes social events through clubs and special celebrations (e.g. “dance as if no one is watching”).
NOTE: In-person events are currently on pause due to COVID-19.
Who is eligible:
This program is for older adults (55 years of age or over) or younger individuals with a disability. Participants can be referred by friends, a relative, a health professional, or the person wishing to take part in the program can refer themselves.
Our service area runs from Bloor Street to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Roncesvalles Avenue to the west and Yonge Street to the east.
To learn about cost details, please call Seniors Intake at 416-532-7586 ext. 146
How to register:
Call Seniors Intake at 416-532-7586 ext. 146
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you speak to me in a language other than English?
Yes, we can provide this service in several languages depending on volunteer resources available. Please call 416-532-7586 ext. 146 to inquire about specific languages.