The Lending Library Project

Project Objective

The Lending Library Project sought to create autonomous and flexible recreation and fitness opportunities for WoodGreen’s senior clientele who were high-risk, hesitant to return to in-person programming and those searching for the ability to stay active on their terms. 

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  • Date: 2022
  • City: Toronto, ON
  • Client: WoodGreen Community Services
  • Funding Partner: Federal Government of Canada 

Lending libraries can help address socioeconomic inequities in accessing health and wellness programs, organized sports, hobby groups, and outdoor recreation. Many lending libraries are designed to target the specific needs of a community or an underserved population by providing low-barrier access to equipment that may otherwise be cost-prohibitive. 

With financial support from the New Horizons for Seniors grant, the Lending Library Project acquired the following materials: 

  • Nordic Poles and accessories 
  • Exercise Balls 
  • Resistance Bands 
  • Dumbbells (2lb, 3lb, 5lb)
  • Badminton Rackets, Birdies & Nets 
  • Pickleball Rackets, Balls & Nets 

Also, the project hosted the following equipment training workshops: 

  • Urban Poling Canada’s Activator Training Program 
  • Balls & Bands Fall Prevention Workshop with Norine Saldanha, Certified Senior Fitness Specialist. 

The findings and recommendations from the Lending Library Project are documented in our latest report

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