SCOPE seeking responses to survey about new offerings

WARREN — SCOPE senior centers are taking a survey this month, asking members what programs they want.

“Some members were not aware that they can speak to their center managers of ideas for different programs,” Mike Wilson, director of SCOPE. “I told the managers if members are interested in doing something, give it a try. If people show up, fine. If not, then quit the program.”

Sewing, knitting and quilting groups were ideas that were implemented and have since grown, he said.

”There are some activities offered at some centers that aren’t offered at others. The Champion site has a walking program inside TCTC on Thursdays,” Wilson said.

Surveys are available at all centers. When results are compiled, the most popular programs will be considered for available time slots on center schedules.

For example, John Allen, center director of Howland SCOPE, said he had heard of interest in Zumba and SilverSneakers fitness programs, which were started in Howland.

Wilson said someone suggested a needle arts class at Warren SCOPE. It now has eight members and branched off to include quilting. An art program led by Kathryn Infante has also taken off, he said.

He noted a men’s group meets monthly at Champion SCOPE. “The majority of membership we have at SCOPE is female. We want to make sure we are not missing anything men may want to do, talk about or meet about. We are looking to see what programs and topics the men may want to be part of. We have some who want fly fishing,” Wilson said.

Wilson said since SCOPE combined in January with the Office of Elderly Affairs to offer a lunch program, there has been an increase in number.