Reimagining Your Senior Center
I recently presented a webinar for the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, Reimagining Your Senior Center. The webinar gave participants the opportunity to reimaging what their senior centers could be. We discussed the importance of leadership, working from a strategic plan, how to best value and grow your agency's staff and volunteers, the importance of great customer service and maintaining customer data, and the importance of building collaborations to maximize service delivery.
We presented two innovative new program ideas. One is the Pop-up Center to stabilize and leverage present senior centers. The Pop-up concept has been successfully developed to repackage services that are currently done within a facility and to take it into underserved communities.
The second is the creation of the Seasoned Internship program. This program was inspired by the recent movie, The Intern. It is the story of a retired executive bored out of his mind becoming an intern at an online fashion site. It is the story of how the two worlds collide and grow. Your center too can capitalize on the skills and experience of the senior population in your community.
Here are some comments from the participants:
"Pop-ups - LOVE the concept"
"Will share ideas about senior interns, volunteer recruitment"
Will do a better job of telling our Story!"
"Will seek out partners and community collaborators to maximize our service potential."
"Want to share about the importance of a strategic plan."
Listen to the webinar to hear about these ideas and information.
The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) is having its 2016 Annual Training Conference, June 1-3, 2016, at the Mirage Las Vegas, NV. Click here for more information.