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.
Masks are mandatory. Proof of vaccination is required for indoor exercise programs, programs and
events with 50+ people, at restaurants, or as specified. If you have a medical exemption/reason
for being unable to receive vaccination or wear a mask, speak with a staff member prior to registering
for a program or event.
Our programs and events are for current WESN membership holders. Fees apply for non-members.
Registration is required for all programs.
Registration for November 1 – November 30 opens on October 28 at 10:00AM. Registration for December will open in late November.
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 5 days in advance. Do not call the restaurant. Meet at the restaurant. Diner pays own way. Max 10.
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 5:30PM
Volunteers: Alex and Susan
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 5 days in advance. Do not call the restaurant. Meet at the restaurant. Diner pays own way. Max 10.
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday, 10:30AM – 11:30AM, Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford St)
No Volunteer Facilitator
Play friendly rounds of bridge in a familiar space. Drop-in, space permitting.
Fridays, 1:00PM – 4:00PM, Main Floor Kitchen
Play friendly rounds of this Chinese tile-based game. No instruction provided. Must be proficient in playing. Drop-in, space permitting.
Wednesdays, 11:00AM – 3:00PM, Basement Kitchen
Keep your mind active with a friendly game of triple word scores. Drop-in, space permitting.
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. Drop-in, space permitting.
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, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Piano Room
ESL Class (Intermediate) – FULL
Practice communicating in English. Ability to converse in English is required. Max 10.
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 along to your favourite songs. Send your song selections to [email protected] prior to the session. Max 10.
Thursdays, 12:00PM – 2:00PM, 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
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 Ricky at [email protected] or 604-669-5051 for information or to register for the next group.
Fridays, September 24 – December 3, 2:00PM – 3:00PM, Piano Room
Next Group Starting Date and Time TBD – Intake is open!
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.
Learn exercise techniques and how to improve your posture in a 20 minute, 1-on-1 appointment with a kinesiologist.
Monday, November 29, 2:30PM – 4:30PM, Main Floor Kitchen
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
No Volunteer Lead
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
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. *Proof of vaccination is required. Please show the volunteer instructor.
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
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 – 3:00PM and 3:00PM – 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
Wednesdays, 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Technology Assistance with Maria
Thursdays, 10:30AM – 11:30AM and 11:30AM – 12:30PM
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: 05-Nov-2021