We have been responding to COVID-19 for several months now and there is more to come – keep washing those hands, stay physically distant from one another, don’t touch your face, and stay home if you’re sick! – but we have some good news to share.
Our Clothes and Collectibles thrift boutique in the Denman Place Mall has reopened with reduced hours. We are carefully following WorkSafeBC guidelines including limiting the number of customers, requiring masks and hand sanitizer, and closing the fitting room. We are unable to accept donations at this time. Please visit our store page for the most up-to-date information, including hours of operation and COVID-19 safety plan. Thank you for continuing to support the West End Seniors’ Network with your purchases!
Kay’s Place, our information and referral centre in the Denman Place Mall, has also reopened and is back to regular hours of operation. The social space and newspaper are not available, and food and coffee will not be served at this time. However, information and referral services are still available on a drop-in basis, while housing navigation and peer support services are by appointment.
Unfortunately, the status of our Barclay Manor location is more complicated. The building is operated by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and it is considered a satellite location of the West End Community Centre Association (WECCA). Though the West End Seniors’ Network is a separate registered charity and not-for-profit organization, we have an agreement with WECCA to be the primary user of Barclay Manor. When the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (rightly) made the decision to close community centres across the city, Barclay Manor also had to close.
We know that the province has now moved into Phase 3 of its Restart Plan in response to COVID-19, and we want Barclay Manor to reopen safely as soon as possible. We are actively working with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, WECCA, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and WorkSafeBC to make a plan for Barclay Manor to reopen. This will still take some time, so we appreciate your patience. In the meantime, our other locations will be open and we will continue to offer as many programs and services as we can. Check out the latest edition of our newsletter to see everything we are still offering, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date information.
Last Updated: 14-Jul-2020