A weekly coffee and chat group has started in Glenning Valley, offering a chance for older locals to get together for a nice brew and a chat or two.
The Golden Oldies coffee and chat group runs every Monday morning at the Berkeley Centre in Glenning Valley.
The program is run by Because We Care, a social enterprise activity of the Wyong Neighbourhood Centre.
Because We Care Boutique co-ordinator, Sharyn Becker, said the program started after Covid restrictions eased so people could reconnect with each other.
“We started it in February.
“Our regulars really love it, we have some that come every week for morning tea and a chat.
“Every month we have a guest speaker, these usually attract around 30 visitors.
“Some of the speakers we’ve had include Sophie Doyle from Morgans’ Financial in Gosford, as well as Gail from Fab Fakes and Julie Watson from Stronger Than My Excuses,” Becker said.
Becker also said that the age range of the program’s patrons is from 40 years old all the way up to 100 years old.
The cost to go along to the morning tea is $5 a session and the proceeds go to supporting the Because We Care Boutique, which provides women who are trying to re-enter the workforce by providing professional attire and support prior to job interviews.
The boutique is run by volunteer stylists that work with individuals who have gone through hardships and are seeking paid employment to improve their lives.
They also work with support agencies and employment services to refer individuals to the service.
“Anyone who wants to come along to the coffee and chat just needs to turn up on Monday mornings,” Becker said.