Lifeline for seniors
TIME FOR A CUPPA AND A CHAT AT THE LOCAL STORE
A JOONDALUP business is helping seniors stay connected with their community.
People are encouraged to share a cuppa with Sisters Supa IGA staff at a weekly afternoon tea outside the store.
Director Cate Brodie said it gave seniors a chance to socialise with staff outside of their working hours.
“At Sisters, we came to realise how many of them come into their local supermarket very frequently for social interaction,” she said.
She said when they were busy there was not much time for staff to chat because other customers needed to be served.
The store provides tea and cakes, but Ms Brodie said they had started asking attendees if they wanted to bring their own baked treats.
Dilmah supports the initiative by supplying the tea, teacups and pots.
Ms Brodie hopes the regular event will enable people to connect with local services.
“Another service we have come to realise the tea can provide is a platform from which information can be disseminated to the seniors regarding services available from local government and support from other organisations in an informal setting,” she said.
People meet outside IGA at 2pm on Tuesdays at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.
Candlewood IGA on Candlewood Boulevard, Joondalup, hosts a morning tea on Thursdays at 10am.
Sisters Super IGA owner Cate Brodie with her guests. Below: Vera Murphy and her granddaughter Indiana Murphy-Church. d472983