YMCA Social Society

Welcome to Niagara’s newest social group; we can’t wait to have you join us!

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The Social Society has been developed by the YMCA to combat social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Niagara adults now have the opportunity to participate in engaging social and recreational programming, allowing them to feel connected and enhance their skills. Safety remains at the forefront of all Social Society programs as we promote health and inclusion.

All programs will incorporate time for social connections and skill development in a fun and interactive environment. During the pilot phase, the YMCA will offer two different program formats to test interest and desired impact. A combination of one-time and six-week programs will be available to allow participants to select what works best for them; see the program descriptions below for details.

Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, the Social Society is being piloted at little or no cost to participants. To allow for adequate program evaluation, the YMCA requires each participant to complete a pre and post survey. Participants may also be asked to participate in a follow up phone interview. Data collected will be anonymously shared with Niagara Region Public Health for the sole purpose of program evaluation. This information will allow the YMCA to make informed and relevant decisions related to future Social Society programs.

It is easy to join the Social Society!

Program descriptions will be posted on an ongoing basis. Advance sign up will open 2 weeks prior to the program start date. Spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Each participant must sign up independently. Due to limited program capacity, participants are not able to book multiple spaces in the program.

Registration will be completed through Eventbrite. A valid email address is required to register.

Please refer to specific program descriptions for any applicable costs associated with the program (i.e. ingredient lists) or equipment pick up requirements.

As the Social Society is being piloted and funded in response to local community needs, registration is open to Niagara residents.

One-time programs

Let’s Play! Join us for an evening filled with games, laughter, and connecting. You’ll have a chance to compete in teams and individually through a variety of challenges.

There may be games inspired by trivia, guessing games, skill-based games, etc. There is something for everyone!

No need to be a game expert there will be somebody to introduce each game, explain the rules, and keep everyone having fun!

After registering more details will follow. Click here to register.

A Virtual Paint Night! Join us for an evening of socializing, learning, and creativity.

The YMCA Social Society and Creative Bug have collaborated to create a memorable night. No need to be an expert artist, we will be with you every step of the way to ensure you are confident with personalizing your sunset painting.

Want to explore your wonderful creative side? A colourful fun evening is just what you need.

The YMCA Social Society will team up with Crock-a-Doodle to allow you to create your own hand-painted pottery piece–a one-of-a-kind art you can use for years to come.

Choose the pottery piece and design from the choices available when you register. Choose from a plate, mug, cereal bowl or ice cream bowl.

Experience the art of harnessing your inner energy through the ancient practice of Qigong.

By combining movements, breathing techniques and postures, Qigong can increase your energy and enhance your health. Following the instruction of a Qigong practitioner, you will be guided through the beginning steps to reduced stress and a sense of inner peace.

Click here to register.

Are you ready to create your own string art masterpiece? Whether you are a beginner or an expert, join us for an evening of creative fun. We will instruct you through the process of hammering in your nails, removing your template and stringing the design.

When registering, you will have the opportunity to choose your design from 3 options.

Now is the perfect time to try out a simple DIY macramé keychain. Learn the different knots and techniques from Knotted by Ash while enjoying some virtual company with other participants. There is no experience needed to participate in this workshop.

When registering, you will have the opportunity to choose from 9 different colours to create your keychain.

Click here to register.

Want to explore your wonderful creative side? A colourful fun evening is just what you need.

The YMCA Social Society will team up with Crock-a-Doodle to allow you to create your own hand-painted pottery piece–a one-of-a-kind art you can use for years to come.

Choose the pottery piece and design from the choices available when you register. Choose from a plate, mug, cereal bowl or ice cream bowl.

Click here to register.

Curling up with a good book allows you to escape and is often a great way to relax. After you have finished a book, do you ever just want to discuss what you’ve read with others? Now’s your chance!

Join the Social Society to discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Bring your thoughts and ideas off the page and into a safe, inclusive environment.

You have the option of a hardcopy or audiobook to choose from when registering. Click here to register.

Whether you’re learning to meditate or looking to expand your practice, this session is for you. Carey Baglieri, who is a certified meditation instructor from Niagara Falls with more than 20 years of experience, will be virtually live to share her expertise.

This introductory program will answer your questions about how to get started with your meditation practice and explore 2 basic meditation techniques that you can do any time. Take this opportunity to connect with yourself and experience how learning meditation and incorporating it into your life can bring many benefits.

The session will include an opportunity for discussion and Q & A. Join us from the comfort of your home!

Click here to register.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Join us in the comfort of your kitchen to learn how to make a no churn, delicious chocolate or vanilla ice cream from scratch. Now’s the time to treat yourself!

You will receive a food gift card to purchase the list of ingredients you will be required to buy in order to follow along with the recipe during the live demonstration.

More details will follow after registration. Click here to register.

Do you need some relaxation in your life right now? Join us for an introduction to yoga – no previous experience required.

Yoga is a great way to stretch and strengthen your mind and body. Through this session, you will learn different poses and breathing techniques to help you with the building blocks to continue a regular yoga practice.

A yoga mat will be provided to create a more comfortable yoga experience. Register today!

Click here to register.

6-week programs

Do you have a passion for food or want to learn some tips and tricks in the kitchen? Chef Michael Olson has created a 6-week program for any culinary skill level. Chef Olson will be live virtually each week to explain and demonstrate the various ways to cook dishes from eggs, sandwiches, vegetables, snacks, and more!

Join us for an interactive culinary experience from the comfort of your home. Chef Olsen will be utilizing his 35+ years of culinary experience to make participants more confident in the kitchen!

Chef Olson has created a list of ingredients you will be required to purchase each week if you would like to follow along with the recipes during the live demonstration.

Click here to register.

Whether you’re learning to meditate or looking to expand your practice, this program is for you.  An evening a week to explore a variety of meditation techniques, connect with yourself and experience using popular topics and current affairs to cultivate your practice.  Discussion and Q & A are invited as a part of this engaging class, which will allow you to experience the many benefits of meditation.

Join us for this 6-week program with Carey Baglieri who is a certified meditation instructor from Niagara Falls with more than 20 years of experience. Her innovative and creative programming will create an experience like no other from the comfort of your home.

Click here to register.

Are you looking to take the first steps towards building a healthy lifestyle, refreshing your routine, or trying something new?

YMCA Kick Start is a progressive 6-week virtual program that will help you move towards achieving your health, fitness and nutrition goals. YMCA Kick start incorporates fitness activities, goal setting and nutrition planning, and was developed in collaboration with Niagara Region Public Health. Each session you will have support and leadership from a trained YMCA Fitness Coach and establish a network of social support.

This is your chance to develop behaviours that promote long-term healthy living. Register today!

Click here to register.

Registration Questions and Program Evaluation

During the registration process for the YMCA Social Society, you will be asked to complete a number of fields with your personal information. The information gathered will allow the YMCA to understand our customer base for these new recreational and social programs and will inform decisions related to the program beyond the funded pilot period that ends March 31. The questions related to ethnic background and income are optional, and not required to complete the program registration. This information is for YMCA program development purposes only. For more information please refer to the YMCA privacy policy .

To allow for adequate program evaluation, the YMCA asks that each participant complete a pre-and post-program survey. Participants may also be asked to participate in a follow-up phone interview. Participation in the surveys is optional. Data collected will be anonymously shared with Niagara Region Public Health for the sole purpose of program evaluation. This information will allow the YMCA to make informed and relevant decisions related to future Social Society programs.

Virtual program requirements

The YMCA will provide registered participants with the necessary information for them to join the virtual program in advance of the start date. Participants are responsible for their own technology and internet connection.

Please review the program description for specific information related to materials that participants may be required to pick up or purchase in advance of the program.

Participants are asked to have their video camera on for the duration of the program to allow the facilitators and other participants to connect with them.

Etiquette and Expectations

Thank you for signing up to participate in a virtual YMCA program. By participating in YMCA of Niagara virtual programs you are agreeing to the following:

  • The YMCA is the virtual host of the program and does not assume any responsibility for participant’s environment, equipment, nor actions. The YMCA of Niagara, YMCA staff or volunteers, and program partners is not responsible nor liable for any damages or injuries, that are sustained as a result of participating in the virtual program(s).
  • Participants are responsible for their space, behavior and any damages or injuries that occur. Participants are also responsible for ensuring they are taking the necessary health and safety precautions.
  • All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a YMCA program and is in line with the YMCA values of respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, inclusiveness, and health
  • Failure to comply with this etiquette and expectations may result in YMCA revoking or denying access to YMCA virtual programs
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