Who is 411 Seniors
411 Seniors opened its doors in 1977 and quickly became an inclusive, versatile and dynamic drop-in centre for older adults, providing tools, services, programs and activities that enable low income older adults to live independent lives and thrive in the community.
Beloved Dunsmuir Street location
411 Seniors was located on Dunsmuir Street for the first 35 years of its life between 1977 to 2012. Members and staff remember the location fondly as a place where older adults from all over the Lower Mainland came to gather and connect.
Over the first few decades, the Centre grew strong roots in its East Vancouver home, connecting older adults across the city and empowering members to build and strengthen a sense of community and enhance their quality of life.
To this day, the Centre offers year-round programs and workshops that open doors for new friendships and fresh skillsets while improving overall health and wellbeing. 411 Seniors provides opportunities for older adults to be proactive, inclusive, diverse, independent, and healthy.
Move to the Terminal location
In 2012, the 411 Seniors moved temporarily to the 7th floor of 333 Terminal Avenue. While space limitations limited some programming, the Centre remained vibrant and active with a full set of advocacy, education and social programs.
As for so much else, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the way 411 Seniors had previously run operations. With the health of its members top of mind, 411 swiftly adapted to ensure members had the support they needed whilst feeling safe. A majority of 411 programming moved online, wellness calls were instituted, and 411 kept doors open when it was safe to do so. As the world moved online to a significant extent, the growing need for digital equity (access and proper utilization) became even more evident, and social support both in-person and virtually has remained a top priority at 411 Seniors.
Inaugural Opening at Our New Location
411 Seniors Centre Society has moved to Cedar Cottage-Fraserview, at Fraser and 19th Avenue – another vibrant Vancouver neighbourhood easily accessible by bus.
411 Seniors is excited to welcome old and new members, re-establish old programs and launch new ones, and celebrate where 411 has been and where it is going. 411 Seniors has a meaningful history and is well-positioned to continue its legacy into a new era. The move to 411’s new home represents an opportunity for strengthening and renewal. We look forward to building on 411’s history as a vibrant, community-oriented, dynamic and connected ecosystem of older adults and local community. Learn more HERE.
Hear from our community
Great friendly helpful staff members. So easy to communicate and make new friends after pandemic. Feel very accepted and comfortable among others. Want to work as a volunteer soon.
Very helpful to all seniors, with consultation and free tax filing assistance based on voluntary donation during tax season.
It was so good. The people were too kind.
Bright, friendly, welcoming, programs including very affordable basic computer courses.
Volunteers are amazing.
I am nicely surprised by the thoughtful, compassionate, and professional treatment from the staff to help seniors navigating through governmental system. Keep up with the good work.
Very friendly, and very helpful.
This modest but mighty organization is an inspiration for their dedication to taking care of those needing the most help amongst us. They’re always pushing boundaries to create a just, equitable and respectful world for all.
Thank you for including me in your groups, you are friendly and caring!
Getting caught up on back taxes and encouragement to apply for social housing gave me the boost I needed to approach government agencies for services. Thank you so much!