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An opportunity for generations to engage in dialogue and to explore differences and similarities between seniors and youth.

Guildford Social Gathering

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Upcoming workshops

Join us to work on community projects that will be implemented in the Guildford neighbourhood. The social gatherings will facilitate conversations and activities exploring social and cultural connections in the community. If you are 55+ and live in and around the Guildford area, we would love to hear about your unique experiences.


April 26 at 12:30pm-2:30pm at Guildford Recreation Centre

Register for April 26


May 10 at 12:30pm-2:30pm at Guildford Recreation Centre

Register for May 10


May 24 at 12:30pm-2:30pm at Guildford Recreation Centre        

Register for May 24


Contact agefriendlyforseniors@surrey.ca for more information

Textile Dye Garden at the Museum of Surrey

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Address: Museum of Surrey - 17710 56A Avenue

Are you curious about what plants can provide the colours and fibre for our clothing? Did you know we can grow certain types of plants that can be used to create natural dyes for textiles? Join us on the Museum of Surrey campus and experience a unique opportunity to create a Textile Dye Garden!

Sharon Kallis of EartHand Gleaners Society will be leading conversations around plant selection for a diverse array of both colour and fibres. Through interactive workshops and in-person hands-on activities discover how we all share the cultural legacy of how plants have been an integral component of history and evolution of our clothing.

Volunteer at the garden

Do you have a passion for textiles? Would you like to learn more about textiles? Sign up to become a volunteer and help maintain Surrey’s Textile Dye Garden at the Museum of Surrey (17710 56A Avenue Surrey, BC V3S 5H8).

We are looking for passionate individuals with a desire to learn or develop skills, and to promote the unique textile experiences provided. If you would like to spend time with textile experts and others who contribute to the magic of textiles, fill out the volunteer application form!

Tasks include:

  • Assisting in the delivery of hands-on programs
  • Assisting the workshop leader during specific events
  • Garden maintenance on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays (1 hour per month)

As a Garden Assistant, you can:

  • Receive free lab time to observe textile work.
  • Gain knowledge of plants, gardening and textile techniques
  • Have the opportunity to observe textile instruments at work.

Sign up to volunteer

Connecting Generations: Yarn Around Project

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Yarn Around Project 

The Yarn Around Community Installation is a community knitting and movement project. This project bridges generational and cultural gaps through textiles, yarn, and movement. Made in partnership with Surrey SPARK Stages and Foolish Operations.

The installation is the work of many hours of knitting, crocheting, and finger-weaving. Many artists and community members made this work while sharing tea, cookies, and stories, from all around Surrey.

The opening celebration was during Family Day on February 17 with a performance by Foolish Operations. The celebration included pom pom making workshops and Indigenous textile artist demonstrations onsite.

A huge thank you to everyone involved, including Healthy Communities Age Friendly team, Guildford Rec. Centre, Chuck Bailey Rec. Centre, and Clayton Community Centre teams, knitting groups and families.

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Garden of Generations

The Garden of Generations has moved to The Plot located at 71st Avenue and 137A Street, behind the Newton Arena, for more information - The PLOT Sharing Garden invites all to contribute, harvest, share and enjoy!

Program funding

The Connecting Generations initiative and the Walkit Web Map Activity Program are made possible through the Surrey Intercultural Senior Social Inclusion Partnership Network, funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, under the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which:

  • consists of organizations from different sectors
  • is a collective impact initiative multi-partner approach
  • aims to address systemic barriers of social inclusion faced by seniors 55+
  • supports an interculturally inclusive and engaged community

The core network consists of the backbone organizations:

  • Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS)
  • Seniors Come Share Society
  • Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA)
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Government of Canada Funding


Have a question or comment about one of these initiatives? Reach us at agefriendlyforseniors@surrey.ca.