After two years of social isolation, lockdowns and curfews, some of Cumberland’s most senior residents are finally venturing out of the community to embrace more social lifestyles. In a move to help address loneliness and social isolation experienced by older residents, Cumberland City Council has rolled out several services and programs this year to encourage seniors to become more active and involved in the community.
The programs have been well received with most showing record attendance from booked out bus trips across New South Wales including trips to Cronulla, Hawkesbury and the Central Coast. There’s a Foodies Club that treats residents to exploring local restaurants as well as talent shows, over 55’s health and wellness programs and technology webinars.
Local resident Gloria Genner who frequently attends Council’s bus trips said the program catered to her needs and was beneficial to her lifestyle.
“I definitely felt isolated during COVID lockdowns, if I wanted to go out it was very hard. These programs suit my lifestyle as I like to get out of Sydney and see something different. I love the bus trips, they pick me up from my house and drop me off, I love going to new places.” she said.
Mayor Lisa Lake said Council is committed to providing opportunities for seniors to become more active and socially connected.
“Although the pandemic impacted all of us, our older generation who tend to be at risk of experiencing severe illness, were the most affected in terms of mental health and wellbeing and suffering from social isolation.”
“We have a growing population of older residents in Cumberland with more than 15% of the population over the age of 60, so it’s really important that Council provides social programs that are inclusive and suit the culturally diverse demographic.”
“Seniors make an enormous contribution to our community and it’s been wonderful to see them get more involved in the community and Council is so pleased to be able to offer a wide range of programs that enable their continued activity and participation in community life.” said Mayor Lisa Lake.
Cumberland City Council regularly hosts programs every week, Monday to Friday to support its older residents, this includes assistance with shopping, home delivered meals, over 55’s heath and wellness programs. Council is planning to continue to host more activities in spring with Tai Chi classes and more bus trips on the agenda.
To find out more information about Council’s services and programs visit Council’s Seniors Support webpage.