Beryl McKinnon and Audrey Jones from Tugun and TAFE Community Services student Georgia Stewart at the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning.
Beryl McKinnon and Audrey Jones from Tugun and TAFE Community Services student Georgia Stewart at the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning. Liana Turner

Seniors take the cake with celebrations

SENIORS Week kicked off with a delicious start today after a morning tea brought together elderly residents, Red Cross volunteers, TAFE students... and cake.

Murwillumbah TAFE Certificate 4 in Community Services teacher Sharon Fleming said students planned the Memory Lane event for seniors to connect with others and share stories.

Stories from the morning tea were put on display at Tweed Heads Library later in the day and will remain there for the rest of Seniors Week.

Organising this event formed part of the students' Community Development unit.

 

Tweed Heads South resident Betty Krystman with TAFE Community Services student Estelle Hammersley enjoying the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at the Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning.
Tweed Heads South resident Betty Krystman with TAFE Community Services student Estelle Hammersley enjoying the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at the Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning. Liana Turner

"It's just been terrific," Ms Fleming said.

"It's just about having a cuppa and chatting with some of our senior citizens."

Ms Fleming said it was crucial for her students to have hands-on experience with the community.

"I think it's extremely important for our students to be involved in the community," she said.

Noelene Maybury, a senior from Murwillumbah, was among those the Red Cross elected to be involved with the event.

"It's really great connecting with friendly, lovely peple," Ms Maybury said.

 

Red Cross volunteers, TAFE students and community members gathered for the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning.
Red Cross volunteers, TAFE students and community members gathered for the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning. Liana Turner

"We had a smilar event about a month ago with the Red Cross in Murwillumbah. That was really good."

Tweed Heads South resident Betty Krystman also enjoyed being able to connect with others - young and old - for the project.

"It's really good," she said.

TAFE student Estelle Hammersley enjoyed helping to organise the event and loved connecting with the senior citizens.

"It's amazing," Ms Hammersley said.

"It was really cool to work as a team and come up with this event for seniors.

"It's really good to be involved."

 

TAFE Community Services teacher Sharon Fleming and Murwillumbah resident Noeline Maybury at the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at the Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning.
TAFE Community Services teacher Sharon Fleming and Murwillumbah resident Noeline Maybury at the Seniors Week 'Memory Lane' event at the Tweed Heads South Community Care Centre on Tuesday morning. Liana Turner

Red Cross Far North Coast community programs officer Jane Wells said while there were many social inclusion events held for seniors around the Tweed, Seniors Week was the perfect time for this sort of get-together.

She said many Community Services students volunteered for the Red Cross to gain experience in the field.

There are plenty of activities for seniors throughout the rest of Seniors Week, including the following:

Wednesday, April 6:

  • Concert and morning tea, Tweed Heads Public School 9.30am-11am. Free. Bookings essential: phone 07 5536 1351 or email tweedheadsp.school@det.nsw.edu.au.
  • Concert and sing-along, Tyalgum Community Hall 10am-12 noon. Free. For bus pickup times contact Auriel Bartrim on 02 6679 3569.
  • Early morning town walk, Murwillumbah Walkers. Budd Park carpark, Alma St, South Murwillumbah, 7am-8am. All fitness levels welcome.

Thursday, April 7:

  • Tweed Seniors Expo, Seventh Day Adventist Centre, Racecourse Rd, Murwillumbah. 9am-3pm. Entry $2. More info: tweedseniors.org.
  • Aquatic fitness, Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre, Kingscliff, 7.45am-8.45am. Free.

For the full list of events or more information, visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/WhatsOn.



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