So­cial out­let for se­niors

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FORM­ING friend­ships, play­ing games and learn­ing new skills are all part of a new se­niors so­cial club that has formed in Beel­iar.

The new group was the brain­child of lo­cal res­i­dent Henry Peters, who ap­proached the City of Cock­burn and Beel­iar Com­mu­nity Voice with the hope of es­tab­lish­ing a Se­nior Cit­i­zens Club to ban­ish lone­li­ness among older res­i­dents and to give them some­thing so­cial to look for­ward to ev­ery week.

Peo­ple at each ses­sion have a chance to en­joy a chat over morn­ing tea, share sto­ries and play board games, with fu­ture ad­ven­tures in­clud­ing ex­cur­sions, a fit­ness group, cook­ing classes, art and craft and a writ­ing group.

Beel­iar Com­mu­nity Voice pres­i­dent Wendy Camp­bell said the club had started well, with more than a dozen se­niors at­tend­ing each ses­sion since it started on May 7.

“Each week the club is full of laugh­ter and many great con­ver­sa­tions – whether as a whole group or var­i­ous lit­tle groups,” Ms Camp­bell said.

“It is very im­por­tant to of­fer the Beel­iar se­nior com­mu­nity a so­cial club where they can meet new peo­ple, share their knowl­edge and skills, and con­tinue to build on their health and well­be­ing in the later stages of their lives.

“Men­tal health and stay­ing ac­tive are very im­por­tant is­sues for ev­ery­one as we age and we hope the Beel­iar Se­nior So­cial Club will be a big part in help­ing peo­ple com­mit to healthy lives.”

The Beel­iar Se­niors So­cial Club meets ev­ery Tues­day from 10am to noon at the Beel­iar Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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