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Making connections to celebrate Seniors Month

Making connections to celebrate Seniors Month
Diana Fatiaki, Jill Godbold and Evelyn Redden at the Connectfest Yarning Circle.

Members of the community came together to connect and celebrate Seniors Month with a social morning of interactions and sharing stories.

Funded by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) and Bundaberg Regional Council, a Connectfest Yarning Circle was held at the Multiplex and enjoyed by over 60 seniors.

Modelled on a World Café style forum, Connectfest saw seniors from diverse backgrounds coming together to socialise and collaborate.

Master of ceremonies Paul Delitt, who is also the manager of the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, hosted the event and delighted the audience.

While enjoying a light morning tea, attendees were asked a series of thought-provoking questions to start conversations and get laughter flowing.

Seniors chatted about what they’ve seen and experienced during their lives and what advice they would give their younger selves.

They also shared what values they held dear and how using these principles had helped them navigate their way through life. 

A Get to Know You bingo game was played to encourage the crowd to tell their different life experiences and learn something about someone they didn’t know.

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Pat Allison, Cr McPhee with Cheryl and Paul Little enjoying the Connectfest Yarning Circle activities.

Council Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said Connectfest was a significant event on the Seniors Month calendar as it brought everyone together.

“Connectfest gave everyone a space to share their story,” Cr McPhee said.

“It’s beneficial for the person sharing, and for the person that is receiving their story, to hear what other people have been through.

“I think that when we have a better understanding of one another, that’s when relationships form, and barriers are broken down.

“The Connectfest Yarning Circle for Seniors Month is really important, and I am so pleased to see so many people here to socialise and have fun.”

Find out more about what is on offer this October for Seniors Month here.