4 August 2023

Benefits to FLOW from free seniors' program that boosts wellbeing and fights isolation

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Temora Shire seniors are set to benefit from a program that aims to keep them active and connected to the community. Photo: iStock/monkeybusinessimages.

Temora Shire seniors can better connect with their community and take part in beneficial activities free through a new government program.

The FLOW program will be headed by Temora Shire Council after it received $20,000 in the third round of the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grants by the former NSW government.

The FLOW workshops aim to keep seniors connected by encouraging them to come together and try different activities at no expense.

Seniors aged 60+ can develop new skills, move their bodies, explore their artistic interests, and keep connected with others through activities including chair yoga and mindfulness, visual arts and memoir writing.

Temora Shire Council community development officer Shontanye Ward said the workshops built on the outcomes achieved through the previous program.

”In the Temora Shire, we have a higher proportion of seniors than average, and we want to ensure they know how much we value their contribution to our local society.” Ms Ward said.

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Temora Shire Mayor Rick Firman said the program was the council’s way of giving back to special members of the community in return for what they had done.

“Thank you for the hard work of our wonderful State Member [Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke] and the support from the former NSW Coalition government that allows us to be able to provide such great initiatives,” Cr Firman said.

Ms Cooke said the workshops were designed to empower seniors.

“Seniors are an integral part of our society and we want to make sure they don’t run the risk of falling into social isolation,” she said.

“I encourage all our seniors to get out and take part in these workshops regardless of your background, language or abilities.”

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Temora Council will offer eight weeks of free chair yoga and mindfulness classes for seniors. Chair yoga is the modified form of traditional yoga, suitable for people who have limited mobility, are recovering from illness or injury, or have joint problems and lack flexibility. The council will also offer four weeks of free ”Drawn Out” art classes.

The program will end with a public exhibition of the participants’ creative work at the Temora Arts Centre on Saturday, 28 October, to celebrate and recognise their achievements.

To stay informed and register for the activities available through the FLOW Program click here.

To find out more about the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant click here.

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