Town of Cambridge to investigate merits of seniors coffee club

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TOWN of Cambridge will spend $10,000 to organise seniors catch ups ahead of finalising its Aged Friendly Community Plan.

Mayor Keri Shannon submitted the motion, which was passed at the June 27 council meeting.

A Community Services officer will organise seniors coffee clubs within each locality and negotiate with local coffee shops a reduced cost coffee and cake deal.

Ms Shannon said she attended another event earlier this year for seniors that had a huge turnout, which prompted the idea.

She said attendees stayed for hours socialising, and suggested a need for similar organised get-togethers.

“The idea of the senior coffee club is that they will provide a social opportunity for people to connect with others in their local neighbourhood at a minimal cost,” she said.

The Town included $25,000 in its 2017-18 draft budget for an Aged Friendly Community Plan, which should be completed by the beginning of next year.

The plan will investigate seniors’ needs and include strategies designed to respond to their needs.

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