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25 Mar 2024

Reaching Beyond and Connecting Seniors

Education & Awareness
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As we bid farewell to the 2024 NSW Seniors Festival, it's time to reflect on the profound impact of this celebration, which honours the invaluable role and contributions of older adults to our local communities. This year's festival theme, 'Reach Beyond', resonated deeply with seniors, inspiring them to embrace new experiences and forge stronger connections within their communities.

One of the remarkable initiatives that unfolded during this festival was the partnership between Royal Life Saving and various local councils and aquatic facilities across the state. This collaboration was only made possible thanks by the generous support of the NSW Government through the Connecting Seniors Grant, as well as contributions from Club Grants, including those from Windsor RSL Club and Briars Sports Club.

Through these partnerships, Royal Life Saving was able to deliver Water Safety and Lifesaving Refresher programs tailored specifically for seniors. These programs not only aimed to promote water safety but also sought to foster a sense of empowerment and inclusion among older adults. By equipping seniors with essential lifesaving skills and knowledge, these initiatives empowered them to enjoy aquatic activities with confidence and security.

Let's take a closer look at some of the programs that were made possible through these grants:

Club Grant Programs:

  • Hawkesbury Seniors Lifesaving Refresher: 2 sessions Sat 4 May 2024

  • Canada Bay Seniors Lifesaving Refresher: 1 session

Connecting Seniors Regional Grant Water Safety and Lifesaving Program Sessions:

  • Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools, Lake Macquarie: 14-28 March 2024

  • Bay Pavilions Arts & Aquatic, Batemans Bay: 18-24 March 2024

  • Tenterfield Pool: 24 March to 8 April 2024

  • Maitland Aquatic Centre: 4-18 April 2024

  • Gosford Olympic Pool: 7-21 May 2024

As we mark the end of another memorable festival, it's essential to continue recognising and appreciating the wisdom, experience, and vitality that seniors bring to our lives every day. By supporting initiatives like these, we not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of older adults but also enrich our communities with their knowledge and spirit.

Even as the festival concludes, the journey continues. Several programs are still ongoing or upcoming, offering opportunities for seniors to further their skills and connections. To explore these events and get involved, visit Events | Royal Life Saving (drowningprevention.org.au)

If you are looking for information and resources to help you, a loved one or your community get started on your health and wellbeing journey visit Active Adults (drowningprevention.org.au). Royal Life Saving’s Active Adults Campaign offers a wealth of free resources aimed at encouraging seniors to embrace an active lifestyle and prioritise their fitness and safety in and around water.

Here's to reaching beyond, building stronger, more vibrant communities together, and enjoying the water, our entire life!

Thank you to our incredible partners, supporters and host venues.

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