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 Good Companions is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday every month specifically for LGBTQ2+ Seniors.
Please click here to see a list of the next Saturday’s activities.
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.
The Walking Group for LGBTQ2+ Seniors is every Tuesday at 10:00. We meet at The Good Companions, 670 Albert Street, and walk around the neighborhood for about 45 minutes.
This is a leisurely walk to chat and enjoy the scenery.
Call or email Stephane Gauthier for more information 613-236-0428 ext. 2353, email@example.com
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 please email email@example.com or call 613-236-0428 ext. 2353
The Good Companions is updating its policy regarding screening, temperature checks and mask wearing.
Effective Monday, June 13th we will no longer be requiring a temperature check when you enter the Centre or an agency vehicle. Everyone is required to self screen prior to entering the Centre and an agency vehicle.
Here is a link to our self screener Website-COVID-19-Self-Screener-.pdf (thegoodcompanions.ca)
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be lifting the mask mandate on June 11, in all areas EXCEPT in high risk settings such as long term care and retirement homes. Masks will continue to be required in these settings. Healthcare organizations are being strongly encouraged to keep mask mandates in place for the time being. As a health care provider serving similar clients, The Good Companions mask requirements will remain in place, unchanged.
For the safety of those that we serve and for ourselves, we will continue to require masks to be worn by everyone entering the Centre or Good Companions transportation vehicles.
Thank you for your understanding and support