Posted on September 5th, 2016
With an ever-growing need for Community Care services across the region, CentacareCQ received a warm response at the Seniors Expo in Bundaberg last month.
Celebrated during Queensland Seniors Week, the Expo was an opportunity for service providers to come together with hundreds of local seniors, carers and families.
Jenny Tree, CentacareCQ Regional Community Care Services Coordinator, said it was good to have confirmation that services being delivered were making a positive difference in people’s everyday lives.
“We had many happy clients come and visit our stall, and others keen to know more about the wide range of services we offer,” Ms Tree said
“Our new Yard Maintenance Service was a hot topic, with both new and existing clients keen to sign up for some more help around their homes.
“Just like our Transport Service, we introduced Yard Maintenance because our clients told us it was something that would greatly assist them to remain living safely and independently at home.”
A highlight at the Expo was the CentacareCQ Writers Group, one of the many social groups facilitated by CentacareCQ, selling their first self-published book of stories.
Group member Ron Doyle, who is legally blind, said being active in a number of CentacareCQ social groups made a world of difference for him and his wife, Monica.
“When you retire you have a lot of spare hours to fill and getting involved in social activities challenges us and helps us to fill those hours in a meaningful way,” Mr Doyle said.
“Monica and I also go to the exercise group and use several other CentacareCQ services – for us CentacareCQ is the whole package.”
The theme of this year’s expo was ‘It’s On For Young and Old’ and those attending the event were treated to dance and musical performances by children from several Bundaberg primary schools.
Local seniors got in on the act as well, with one group doing an energetic demonstration of ‘The Nutbush’.
Jenny Tree said the Senior’s Week Expo in Bundaberg had been held annually for more than 10 years and it was a valuable networking opportunity for visitors and stall holders alike.