Sunshine into seniors' lives

THE most pleasing aspect of Richmond Valley Day Care Club is the positive interaction between its members and the seniors they care for.

The club is a joint venture between the RSL Club of Australia (NSW Branch) and the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

Co-ordinator Di Oliver said the club began in 2000 to give seniors an opportunity to meet and interact with others.

“We have 80 to 90 socially isolated seniors who still live in their own homes,” she said.

“Of our 25 volunteers, most of the men are Vietnam vets, and the ladies come from a variety of backgrounds.

“We volunteer because we want to. We love putting a little bit of sunshine into their lives and the members really do get a buzz out of it.

“Each Wednesday, our members are treated to morning tea and some stimulating entertainment, which could be a guest speaker or music and some gentle exercise. We encourage our members to get up and move about.

“After lunch, we provide mental stimulation and a raffle. The joy on their faces is absolutely priceless and that is our reward.”

Original member, Lola Walmsley, 87, said meeting new friends and socialising was very important.

“I enjoy the friendships and mixing with both the volunteers and the other members,” she said.

“It's just like one big happy family and I really look forward to being here each week. My late husband, Earl, and I used to help run the dances at South Gundurimba Hall.”

People interested in joining can contact Ms Oliver on 6624 5219.

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