The feedback from seniors in our community following last year’s hugely successful inaugural Seniors Festival was so overwhelming that council, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care, has launched an even bigger program this year.
The Macleay community often express the importance of events being held locally to allow them to come together and stay connected with each other. Festivals and events in the community not only allow people to share information and experiences, but more importantly, they bring opportunities for the community to celebrate with others and to simply have fun.
Starting this Wednesday, the 2019 Macleay Seniors Festival comes alive with activities such as fitness, open days and information sessions, family history, music, dancing and art and crafts. One of the key priorities was to ensure everyone feels connected and there is no need for anyone to miss out – there really is something for everyone.
This year’s calendar of events has taken into consideration all the diverse needs that seniors would find valuable, and included activities highlighting the importance of how to look after yourself and your health.
My personal favourite in the program is a delightful event, ‘Storytime with Nan and Pop’. This Friday, the Kempsey Library will host a pre-school storytime bringing together three generations - grandparents, their children and grandchildren. It looks to be lots of fun with singing and craft activities, and morning tea is provided.
If you are keen to find out more, the Seniors Expo being held on Thursday at the Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club is your one-stop shop for information and access to services and groups. I’ll be there as I have the great pleasure of opening the festival on the day. It’s also the place to meet our Seniors Festival Ambassador, Betty Green, and the fabulous organisers and sponsors who have made the festival possible.
For more information visit www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/seniors or call Council’s Customer Service team on 6566 3200.