Intergenerational Playgroup in Redcliffe appeals for support

Kylie Chandran and her daughter Syreeta chat with |Brightwater resident Bessie Redman.
Kylie Chandran and her daughter Syreeta chat with |Brightwater resident Bessie Redman.

A PERTH mum has appealed for other parents of young children to support an intergenerational playgroup that has been operating at a Redcliffe aged-care facility since 2004.

The Playgroup WA-affiliated group meets at Brightwater Redcliffe every second Monday, but numbers have dropped off.

Kylie Chandran and her daughter Syreeta (15 months) began attending about a year ago and love seeing the residents’ faces light up when they arrive.

“Seeing the kids and elderly people together is a beautiful exchange of human communication,” Mrs Chandran said.

Brightwater Redcliffe care group activities co-ordinator Leanne Ruggiero said she was concerned the group would have to close if numbers did not increase.

“I think the problem is that people don’t realise the playgroup is available, so we really want to get the message out there,” Ms Ruggiero said.

“We are here and would love for parents, grandparents and carers to bring their children along to our playgroup.

“It’s a lot of fun for our residents and the children and their families.”

Mrs Chandran said she loved supporting a good cause and the children brought a lot of joy to the Brightwater residents.

“It’s uplifting for me as a parent.

“It’s a nice opportunity to spend time together as a community,” she said.

The playgroup is for children from newborn to pre-primary and costs $30 to register.

For more details, call Mrs Ruggiero on 9479 2381 between 8.30am and 4pm Monday to Thursday or email leanne. ruggiero@brightwater