Numerous events are planned across the region from March 25 to April 3 as Central Coast Council celebrates the NSW Seniors Festival.
With the aim of providing older residents an opportunity to participate in, contribute to and be included in community life, the festival is especially significant on the Coast with many of the region’s population aged 60 or older.
Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said the festival helps to connect seniors with the range of local services, lifelong learning and leisure activities available across the region.
“With a growing ageing but vibrant population on the Central Coast, Council is committed to celebrating our old residents by promoting inclusion, independence and quality of life,“ he said.
“We have put together a diverse calendar of events which seniors can access including educational workshops, fitness programs and entertainment that will enrich their lives and support them as they grow older.”
A highlight of the festival will be the Seniors Expo on March 31 at Wyong Race Cub which will feature of variety of stallholders from services and community groups around the Coast which support older people to age in a healthy and positive way.
The expo will be open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
“Older residents are active in all facets of community life and add significant value and knowledge to our region as workers, volunteers, neighbours, friends, parents and grandparents,” Hart said.
Other events planned include: a variety of activities and exhibitions at Gosford Regional Gallery; activities and a craft sale at Terrigal 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre from March 25 to April 1; an open weekend at Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre from March 28 to April 1; a variety of entertainments at Laycock St Community Theatre including Remembering the Carpenters on March 27; and information sessions on will planning, navigating the My Gov and My Aged Care websites and avoiding scams.
On March 30 there will be a free tour of the latest exhibition or the Edogawa Commemorative Gardens at Gosford Regional Gallery from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.
A copy of the full program of events can be found at your local library, 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre or Senior Centre or online at www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.