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.
Come for a 30-45 minute walk around the neighbourhood! The Walking Group takes place on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. starting at the Good Companions. Parking is available and COVID-19 safety protocols are in place. See poster here.
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
September 7, 2021
Please note that beginning September 13, all members, visitors, volunteers, instructors, and contractors entering the Centre are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of full vaccination. Please review the full policy here.
Regular hours of operation have resumed (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday). Members will no longer be required to come to the Centre in cohorts, and will be able to visit the Centre any day of the week.
Can I have lunch at any time?
Lunch will be offered in two seatings– the first seating will be from 11am until 12pm, and the second seating will be from 12:30pm until 1:30pm to allow for sanitizing of the tables. Please note that you must pre-register for lunch as there is limited seating to allow for physical distancing.
Do I have to wear a mask while I am at the Centre?
Yes. You must wear a mask at all times while you are in the Centre, with the exception of during physical activity or while eating, however you must remain physically distanced. Please let us know if you require a mask.
How many people can be in the Centre at once?
Currently we are limited to 50 members per day in the Centre, not including staff or volunteers. This number may change as public health guidance allows.
Fall Bulletin & Program Registration:
Our Fall Bulletin can be found here for updated information, dates of upcoming in-house services (such as foot care, hair care and legal services), and all of our special events. Please contact us to book an appointment, or RSVP for an event at: 613-236-0428 or email@example.com
Our Fall Programs can be viewed here (programming runs from September to December).
For a full list of COVID-19 resources and supports available during this time, visit our Resources page here.
We can be reached with any questions or concerns by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-236-0428.