FORMING friendships, playing games and learning new skills are all part of a new seniors social club that has sprouted 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.
Each session attendees have the 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,” she 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.
“Some find it difficult to travel outside of the area to stay connected with the outside world, so having a club established in Beeliar will hopefully ease the burden of transport and financial stress and offer more opportunities to participate in, and stay connected with, their community.
“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 is on every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at the Beeliar Community Centre.