The West End Seniors’ Network offers its members a selection of social, recreational and educational programs in-person at Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay Street) as well as offsite such as at local restaurants or in parks.
Current WESN membership is required and all programs are by donation. Membership is active for 1 year and begins and expires at each Annual General Meeting in September. Daily or weekly passes are available for purchase from Barclay Manor reception for non-members.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WESN programs may be running with reduced capacities, paused, held outdoors, or running virtually (on Zoom or by teleconference). Register for all programs, events, workshops, and presentations to be notified of cancellations.
Masks are mandatory and proof of full vaccination is required to enter Barclay Manor. This is effective immediately and until further notice.
Please have your vaccine card and government-issued ID ready for the reception volunteer to check.
The status of programs and events and our hours of operation are subject to change.
Registration is required for all programs.
Registration for January 4 – 31 participation opens on January 4 at 10:00AM. There are no in person indoor exercise programs from January 1-18, inclusive. Registration for February will open in late January.
Register early as space is limited. If you are on a waitlist, please do not attend the program until a spot opens up and you are contacted by WESN.
If you can no longer attend, please let us know at 604-669-5051 or [email protected].
Register by calling 604-669-5051 or by emailing [email protected].
Arts and Crafts
Work on your knitting and crocheting projects and socialize. Drop-in, space permitting. No instruction provided.
Wednesdays, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Main Floor Kitchen Room
Bring in your project and supplies and paint alongside your comrades in a studio atmosphere. Drop-in, space permitting. No instruction or supplies provided.
Wednesdays, 2:00PM – 4:45PM, Basement Multipurpose Room
Educational and Intellectual
TED Talks and Discussion
Join us as we view a selection of TED Talks and discuss them afterwards. View the current newsletter for each week’s video selection.
Thursdays, 10:00AM – 11:30AM, Piano Room
Join a group of friendly faces for a meal at a different restaurant each month. Register by calling WESN at least 3 days in advance. Do not call the restaurant. Meet at the restaurant. Diner pays own way. Max 6. View the current newsletter for each month’s restaurant destinations.
Every 1st Wednesday, 5:30PM
Every 3rd Wednesday, 5:30PM
Happy Hour Hoppers
Quench your thirst and enjoy snacks at local happy hour spots. Register by calling WESN at least 3 days in advance. Do not call the restaurant. Meet at the restaurant. Diner pays own way. Max 6. View the current newsletter for each month’s restaurant destination.
Every 3rd Wednesday, 4:00PM
Join a group of men for breakfast at Denny’s. Register by calling WESN at least 3 days in advance. Do not call the restaurant. Diner pays own way.
Every 3rd Monday, 9:00AM – 10:30AM, Denny’s (1098 Davie St.)
No Volunteer Facilitator
Mingle with others for a leisurely brunch. Register for a session by calling WESN at least 3 days in advance. Do not call the restaurant. Meet at the restaurant. Diner pays own way. Max 6.
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford St)
Play friendly rounds of bridge in a familiar space.
Fridays, 1:00PM – 4:00PM, Main Floor Kitchen
A game of playing and grouping cards for points.
Fridays, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Main Floor Kitchen
Play friendly rounds of this Chinese tile-based game.
Wednesdays, 11:00AM – 3:00PM, Basement Kitchen
Keep your mind active with a friendly game of triple word scores.
Wednesdays, 1:00PM – 3:00PM, Main Floor Kitchen
Texas Hold’em Poker
Play with chips in a low-stakes game of poker while socializing and sharing a good laugh.
Tuesdays, 1:00PM – 3:00PM, Piano Room
Garden Club – FULL
Tend to a raised garden bed. In partnership with Robson Street Community Garden and Friends for Life.
Note: All garden boxes have been assigned.
Any Day, Dusk – Dawn, 1394 Robson St or 1459 Barclay St
ESL Class (Beginners)
Learn basic conversational English.
Mondays, 11:15AM – 12:15PM, Piano Room
ESL Class (Intermediate) – FULL
Practice communicating in English. Ability to converse in English is required.
Tuesdays, 1:30PM – 3:30PM, Basement Multipurpose Room
French Conversation Circle
A social group that enables intermediate-level French speakers to maintain their language skills.
Mondays, 10:00AM – 11:00AM, Piano Room
German Conversation Circle
A social group where German speakers of all levels can improve or maintain their skills.
Thursdays, 2:30PM – 4:30PM, Piano Room
Sing well-known songs accompanied by a volunteer pianist.
Tuesdays, 10:30AM – 11:30AM, Outside – Veranda or Piano Room
Volunteers: Frank, George or Mavis
Unwind and partake in the vocal and guitar stylings of our musician. Country and folk music will be featured on the 2nd Friday of the month and latin music will be featured on the 4th Friday of the month.
Fridays, January 14 & 28, 10:00AM – 11:00AM, Piano Room
Ukelele Practice Group
Practice your ukelele alongside others. Songs are selected as a group. Ability to play is required. No instruction or teaching provided.
Thursdays, 3:00PM – 4:30PM, Main Floor Kitchen
Physical Activity and Wellness
Choose to Move
Introduce more physical activity into your daily life in ways that make sense for you. Contact Jennifer at [email protected] or 604-669-5051 for information or to register for the next group.
Borrow a pair of walking poles, bocce set, or croquet set. Speak with Barclay Manor reception to borrow. Items are due back by 4:30PM the same day.
Nordic Pole Walking: Beginners
Learn how to use or practice using Nordic poles with a short session around the neighbourhood. WESN has poles to lend. Meet at the front steps of Barclay Manor. Max 7.
Thursday, 10:00AM – 10:30AM
Nordic Pole Walking
Enjoy a walk with nordic poles in a small group. Instruction can be provided. WESN has poles to lend for the program. Meet at the front steps of Barclay Manor. Max 7.
Thursdays, 10:30AM – 11:30AM, Meet at Barclay Manor Veranda
Outdoor Walking Group
Enjoy our city’s wonders with a leisurely walk. Drop-in.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30AM, Meet at Seawall Benches across Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford St)
Saturdays, 9:00AM, Meet outside Barclay Manor front door (1447 Barclay St)
Restorative Seated Yoga – Starts January 19
Seated yoga is a gentle and restorative way to stretch sore muscles, while increasing strength, balance, flexibility and mobility with the support of a chair. Breathing and meditation techniques will be incorporated to reduce stress and create a sense of wellbeing.
Wednesdays, 1:00PM – 1:45PM, Basement Multipurpose Room
Spa and Health Services
At-Home Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Customized treatment programs in the comfort of your own home. Book a physiotherapy or rehabilitation session with professionals from Physio for Seniors for pain management, posture and alignment, balance and falls prevention, strength and conditioning, and movement and mobility. Prices range from $45-$150.
Call 778-378-9179 or email Trina to inquire and book.
Manicures and Pedicures
Professional hand and foot care. $15 manicures, $18 pedicures and $5 for polish. See our newsletter for service dates. Call 604-669-5051 to book. Current WESN membership is required. Please pay with cash.
Select Mondays (see upcoming dates in the newsletter), 10:00AM – 3:00PM, Main Floor Kitchen
Reflexology, Facials, Reiki, and Chair Massage
Professional spa services at a familiar location. Prices range from $25-$50 + GST. Contact Shirley directly at [email protected] or 604-376-0106 to book. Current WESN membership is required. Please pay with cash.
Tuesdays, 9:30AM – 3:30PM, and Thursdays, 9:30AM – 2:30PM, Main Floor Kitchen
Chat with Martin
Chat with Martin, Executive director, and your peers in a safe, welcoming and informal space. Bring your discussion topics. No tea or snacks are provided at this time due to COVID-19.
Friday, January 24, 1:00PM – 2:00PM, Piano Room
Members Chatter with the Board
Connect and converse with each other and elevate issues of importance. The Board-hosted program also aims to capture your suggestions and interests. See the newsletter for more information.
2nd Friday of the month, 1:00PM – 1:50PM, Piano Room
Do you have a technology question or want to learn how to do something with a computer, cell phone or tablet? Technology Coach volunteers are available for 1-hour, one-to-one appointments in the Computer Lab at Barclay Manor.
Book an appointment at [email protected] or 604-669-5051.
Members may hold one upcoming appointment at a time due to high demand.
In-Person in the Computer Lab
Technology Assistance with Simon
Mondays and Thursdays, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Technology Assistance with Nitish
Tuesdays, 3:00PM – 4:00PM and Fridays, 12:00AM – 1:00PM
Technology Assistance with Ella
Wednesdays, 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Technology Assistance with Sarah
Select Wednesdays, 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Technology Assistance with April
Thursdays, 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Technology Assistance with Terry
Fridays, 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Technology Assistance with Owen
Fridays, 3:45PM – 4:45PM
For Technology Coaches who are able to provide help over the phone or Zoom, visit our Virtual Programs page here.
Presentations, Workshops and Events
WESN often hosts presentations, workshops and events. View our newsletter for information on any upcoming activities.
Last Updated: 11-Jan-2022