For further information or to register for any of the programs below see contact information at the bottom of this page.
The Good Companions runs the Rainbow Coffee Club the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00-11:30 am. The Rainbow Coffee Club is open to any LGBTQ2+ senior (55+) or adult with disabilities living in the Champlain Region.
The Rainbow Coffee Club provides an opportunity for older LGBTQ2+ individuals to get together to socialize and make connections in a respectful, inclusive environment. It is a safer space to share the challenges and joys of being older and LGBTQ2+ and to increase awareness about available community and health resources.
The Rainbow Coffee Club currently meets via zoom. Once it is safe to meet in-person again, the Rainbow Coffee Club will meet in-person in the Centretown area.
The Rainbow Coffee Club is provided in partnership with Centretown Community Health Clinic.
The Wellbeing Check-in program provides LGBTQ2+ seniors with regular check-ins from LGBTQ2+ volunteers. Volunteers contact seniors over phone or social media to check on a client’s well-being and provide a predetermined response if the exchange is not answered. The Wellbeing Check-in Program is open to any LGBTQ2+ senior (55+) or adult with disabilities living in the Champlain Region.
This program is aimed primarily at people who are living alone. You may be healthy and active and still appreciate a check-in to remain connected and safe, or you may be more isolated, homebound and at risk.
With the LGBTQ2+ Program Coordinator, you decide on a response plan that best meets your needs. People also use this program for social reasons, since a call from a friendly volunteer may be a great way to start the day.
The Wellbeing Check-in Program was created in Partnership with Ottawa Senior Pride Network.
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The Ottawa Senior Pride Network (OSPN) is a volunteer-run network of two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus (LGBTQ2+) senior adults over 50 years of age.
Established in 2010, OSPN has worked to advance positive change related to safer and affirming health care and social services, social engagement and community building. Since its inception, OSPN has grown into a network of over 850 members, many of which engage on Facebook, receive newsletters, participate in face-to-face or online activities to remain informed and socially active within the community. New ideas about how our community can grow and collaborate are always welcome as are individuals who have the energy and enthusiasm to initiate action.
OSPN credits both The Good Companions and Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC) for their advocacy and continued support as community allies to help our Network to meet the evolving needs of Ottawa’s growing seniors queer community. OSPN invites allies and members of TGC to follow OSPN on Facebook and to sign up for our newsletter via the OSPN website: ospn-rfao.ca. If you wish to connect with OSPN’s Coordinating Committee to share ideas or concerns related to LGBTQ2+ seniors’ issues please connect via email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you would like to join a program or have any questions you can contact the LGBTQ2+ Program Coordinator for the Good Companions and Ottawa Senior Pride Network:
613-236-0428 ext. 2353
The Province of Ontario has implemented new measures to respond to COVID-19 The Good Companions will continue to follow public health guidance. The Seniors’ Centre will be closed to in person programs and services until Monday January 31st, 2022.
TGC will continue to provide virtual programs and services, check in calls, transportation, delivery of food services, virtual Adult Day Programs and Seniors’ Centre Without Walls. Frozen meals are available for purchase and take out. Footcare appointments will continue.
We recognize that this decision will impact those that we serve and that many will be disappointed. Please reach out to our staff team should you require any additional information regarding our services.
Program registration for the winter session will be available on line and by phone as of Tuesday, January 4th, 2022. The updated program guide can be found here.
On behalf of our staff and Board we wish you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy New Year!
We can be reached with any questions or concerns by email at email@example.com or by phone at 613-236-0428.