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Swan seniors pay homage to monarch

SWAN senior citizens celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with tiaras and tea last week.

While Queen Elizabeth II was not able to join the London festivities over the weekend, the Swan Districts Senior Citizen Association’s Sunshine Club members marked the monarch’s 70-year milestone by dressing up in their finest attire while enjoying lunch and a concert.

North Metropolitan TAFE students Kasey Griffiths and Lizzy McCasker, who are currently working with the association to engage with its members and grow its activity base, said gathering at events such as these were important to the mental and physical wellbeing of local seniors, especially in a post-COVID world.

“COVID-19 has had an impact on senior clubs, such as the Sunshine Club, in several ways,” Lizzy said.

“Firstly, by restricting their access to the centre during lockdowns and government mandates.

“Secondly, we feel their age may contribute to their worry about being exposed to infections or diseases that may negatively impact their daily lives and lastly they may have felt isolated from their weekly activities and friends they’ve made within the group.”

Over four weeks, Kasey and Lizzy are engaging with seniors at the club to help the association create programs that better engage members and expand its programs.

“We have found that the majority of senior centres, like Swan districts, use word of mouth as their preferred method of communication and community engagement to bring new members in,” Lizzy said.

“We thought they could branch out into the technological world so we discussed this with several of the members who are very willing and excited about a newer communication method, Facebook.

“We are providing them with some guidance during the process of them becoming admins for the Facebook page, Midland Seniors Sunshine Club, and once they are proficient, we will leave it in their capable hands to monitor and update.

“We are hoping this will give them technological skills as well as empower them and give them self-confidence in  today’s society.”

Kasey, a St John of God hospital seniors restorative unit and rehabilitation ward volunteer, and Lizzy, a former nurse and childcare worker, both started the TAFE community services diploma out of an interest to help others.

By Claire Ottaviano

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