Bridging The Gap

Bridging the Gap aims to provide valuable opportunities for social participation, skills development, and life-long learning between youth and seniors in our community. Through this initiative, older adults will have the opportunity to volunteer as facilitators to introduce a wide variety of skills to local youth including cooking, gardening, woodworking, engineering and more. 

Bridging the Gap will be run in partnership with the Grand River Council on Aging who will recruit and provide orientation to eligible volunteers. Vulnerable sector screening checks are mandatory and provided at no cost to participating volunteers. All knowledge, hobbies and skills will be considered through the volunteer recruitment process but will be subject to location and equipment availability, as well as insurance and liability considerations.

Volunteers will work with City staff to co-create skills-sharing programs and events which will be held between August 2023 and March 2024.

This program is made possible by funding from the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility, under the Seniors Community Grant Program.

Volunteer with Bridging the Gap

Older adults (55+) who possess skills, knowledge or hobbies that are  interested in volunteering can contact the Grand River Council on Aging at or 519-754-0777 ext. 438.