Life­line for se­niors


Wanneroo Times - - Opinion -

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.

Pic­tures: Martin Ken­nealey

Sis­ters Su­per IGA owner Cate Brodie with her guests. Be­low: Vera Mur­phy and her grand­daugh­ter In­di­ana Mur­phy-Church. d472983

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