ACT Seniors Week is an annual celebration held between 18-26 March. It provides an opportunity for Canberrans of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions that older people make to life.
At WCS, we are celebrating Seniors Week in a number of ways. We are shining a spotlight on the super seniors in our community, we'll be at the Seniors Week Expo on 23 March and we are holding a Neighbour Day bbq brunch on 24 March.
Shining a Spotlight on our Super Seniors
We love working with the seniors in our community – they share a lot of wisdom and provide much laughter. We'd love for you to meet our seniors too!
Community means ‘life’ to Marjory. She’s learnt throughout the years that you just can’t live without people.
After losing her closest friends two years ago, Marjory decided to move to Canberra and live with her daughter Prue (who works for WCS). She barely knew a soul when our Senior’s Social Group Coordinator, Sandy told her about a group that meets at the Canberra Southern Cross Club on Tuesdays.
Today Marjory thinks the Women’s group is great. “I call them the old farts but they’re beautiful women and we have a lot of fun. We chat, laugh and rag one another”.
Since joining the Women's group, Marjory gets involved in other groups and outings which she also enjoys. “We’ve had some wonderful trips to places such as Batemans Bay and Young – we are very well looked after”, Marjory says.
Don has lived in Canberra since 1963. Don reckons there are two types of people who live in Canberra, “Those who live on the southside and those that wish they did”.
In his spare time, Don’s hobbies are building guitars, amplifiers and anything that he can build! As well as being a handyman, Don also writes songs and does a little bit of singing with a jazz band.
Two years ago, a former colleague and friend hounded him to join the Thursday Morning Coffee Boys group that WCS runs and he decided to give it a go.
At his first gathering, he recited some poetry and Sandy (our Seniors Social Groups Coordinator) encouraged him to be part of the group. Don recalls, “She’s a bit of an inspiration and I thought oh well she’s friendly and looks after you”.
Even though Don has bad eye sight, he enjoys the company of the group. “I can’t see everyone but I can sit with anyone and talk about different things. Anything that’s going down, I will put in my two bobs worth”.
Family is very important to Judith. She is the eldest of four siblings, has two daughters, five step grandchildren and one great grandchild –and they all get along!
In addition to family, Judith’s passions are playing the piano and painting water colours. You can find Judith now playing around Canberra in concerts for nursing homes and respite homes.
A few years ago, Judith found out that she had macular degeneration and couldn’t drive safely. At the time her husband was very ill and needed transport to hospital and specialists – that’s where WCS’s transport service came in to help.
After her husband died, she kept using WCS transport and joined the social groups mainly for the company. "I've met a lot of different people along the way". Judith says.
Marie’s favourite activities include socialising and being with people. “I like people and going out”, Maries says.
Community means a sense of belonging to Marie. She reflects, “You’ve got like-minded people that join a group so that you’ve got something in common but you can learn from one another.”
Marie is a newcomer to using WCS’s services. She starting using our Home Support services early this year and joined the Women’s Group only one month ago.
However, Marie’s first contact with WCS dates back to 1977! She initially approached WCS to get help with a support group she was starting. WCS gave her $25 to help with advertising in the Canberra Times and the support group is still running to this day!
ACT Seniors Week Expo
Come find us at the Seniors Week Expo on Thursday, 23 March.
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
When: 10am to 3pm
Cost: Free event with free bus travel via the Flexible Bus Service (To book the bus please phone 6205 3555).
To find out more about Seniors Week in Canberra, click here.
Neighbour Day BBQ Brunch - Friday, 24 March
Neighbour Day is an annual celebration that encourages people to connect with their community. The 2017 theme is: ‘The Importance of Social Connection for the Elderly' which encourages all Australians to reach out to older people in their neighbourhoods, particularly those who live alone.
To celebrate Neighbour Day, Woden Community Service is hosting a BBQ brunch.
When: Friday, 24 March
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Place: The Smith Family Building, Corner of Launceston & Easty Streets, Woden
Get involved in other activities:
* Socialise and join in the fun of the 'Human Bingo'
* Be part of our 'Community Bake Off' competition by bringing along your favourite sweet treat
* Enjoy some entertainment by our 'Little-Ones' choir
We would love to see you there and encourage you to invite a neighbour!
Neighbour Day is run by Relationships Australia. To find out more, visit: www.neighbourday.org