In an age where we spend much of our time glued to a tiny screen, liking, commenting and “connecting” with each other, there can be a stark lack of face-to-face connections. Despite our excessive digital online connection, people (young and old) are feeling less connected than ever. In fact, according to a study from the Australian Psychological Society and Swinburne University, one in four Australians are lonely. And those who are lonely also have worse mental and physical health than those who are not.
Creating genuine face-to-face connections is important for everyone. It’s our hope, at Council, that the variety of events and programs we offer can help combat loneliness in our community. Many of those at risk of loneliness are those who find it harder to get out of the house – seniors or disabled citizens. We offer transport services to help so please contact Council should you need help getting to any of our programs.
Something for everyone
Connecting with like-minded people is a great way to create lasting relationships that matter. We offer numerous events and activities for all members of our community so you can come together and meet people with similar interests. From young mothers groups to senior’s tech courses to youth book clubs or game playing, there’s plenty to connect you with your community. Here, we highlight just a few events to get you started.
For our seniors
If you’re a senior, relative or carer of a senior and you’re interested in finding out more about our home maintenance and modification service or other tours, information sessions and workshops, contact Frida Kitas on 9093 6972 or Frida.Kitas@randwick.nsw.gov.au.
Our technology classes are offered throughout the year in a four-part series called TECHconnect at our libraries. These classes are for anyone interested in learning more about how to use their computer, getting used to typing, using the Internet and setting up an email address. The series is free and open to anyone with a library card. For more information call 9093 6400.
Our Des Renford Leisure Centre offers numerous fitness classes throughout the week. Aqua Aerobics is a great way to get some non-impact exercise that’s perfect for any age. This fun water-based class is done to music with an instructor who will take you through the moves. Classes are currently offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00am and Tuesday at 9:00am and 6:45pm and Thursday at 9:00am.
Become a bushcare volunteer
Our volunteer bushcare groups are a wonderful way to get outside, meet new people and learn about our natural environment. We run our bushcare groups in 11 different locations across Randwick City. Our volunteers are an important part of our community and they work closely with our Bushcare Officer. Most groups meet once a month, while a few meet twice each month.
The times and locations are listed on our website. If you’re interested, call or email our Bushcare Officer on 9093 6708 or email@example.com.
Next Chapter Art Group
This popular course is held on the first Thursday of every month at Margaret Martin Library. You don’t need to be an artist (or artistic!) to enjoy this group – there is so much to learn. Each month’s event is attended by at least 30 to 40 people. The group enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit from about 10am and at 10.30am, the presentation begins. Each month is convened by Dr Fred Orr, who gathers a wide range of speakers working in various artistic disciplines. Upcoming speakers for 2020 can be viewed here.
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