The Social Society has been developed by the YMCA to combat social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Niagara adults now have the opportunity to participate in engaging social and recreational programming, allowing them to feel connected and enhance their skills.
All programs will incorporate time for social connections and skill development in a fun and interactive environment. During the pilot phase, the YMCA will offer two different program formats to test interest and desired impact. A combination of one-time and six-week programs will be available to allow participants to select what works best for them; see the program descriptions below for details.
“Making social connections during the current state of lockdown is very challenging “ said Steve Boone, Interim CEO, YMCA of Niagara. “This program has been developed based on local needs and allows the YMCA to continue to adapt and meet the needs of Niagara residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The YMCA is committed to building healthy communities. Collaborating with others with a common goal and supporting the well-being and health of individuals in those communities is one of the ways we can achieve that.”
Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, the Social Society is being piloted at little or no cost to participants. To allow for adequate program evaluation, the YMCA requires each participant to complete a pre and post survey. Participants may also be asked to participate in a follow up phone interview. Data collected will be anonymously shared with Niagara Region Public Health for the sole purpose of program evaluation. This information will allow the YMCA to make informed and relevant decisions related to future Social Society programs.
At this time all programs are virtual and live on Zoom. In person programs will be offered in the future when guidelines permit. Program events include a games night, paint party, book club, ceramics painting, string art, and much more!
All programs will incorporate time for social connections and skill development in a fun and interactive environment.
It is easy to join the Social Society!
Program descriptions will be posted on the Social Society page at ymcaofniagara.org an ongoing basis. Advance sign up will open 2 weeks prior to the program start date. Spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
As the Social Society is being piloted and funded in response to local community needs, registration is open to Niagara residents.
For more information about the Social Society, or to volunteer to lead a program, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (905) 934-9755 ext. 228.
The YMCA of Niagara is a powerful association of people joined together by a shared passion to foster a sense of belonging for all. In an age of complex social challenges, the YMCA is steadfastly dedicated to building healthy communities by inviting and encouraging Canadians to join in, to give back, and to gain the connections, skills, and confidence they need to thrive. Our focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life.