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SHARING AND CARING: Client Pat Pritchard and volunteer Robyn Hollis, take advantage of craft activities to make Christmas gifts.
SHARING AND CARING: Client Pat Pritchard and volunteer Robyn Hollis, take advantage of craft activities to make Christmas gifts. Yvonne Gardiner

LIBERTY Community Connect at Nerang is gearing up for Christmas with art and craft activities for its elderly clients.

Any senior who feels socially isolated and alone and wishes to meet other people, have fun and make new friends, is willing to come along.

Community development officer Anita Ryan said a bus pick-up could be arranged in the area.

"Liberty is the place where you can enjoy a cuppa and chat, in the company of others with computers, cooking, creative pursuits, cards and board games, gardening, theme days, entertainers, Brainiac moments, and lots of other fun," she said.

Liberty currently has 40 volunteers who provide support for the leisure and lifestyles programs. Robyn Hollis has been a volunteer for five years and is there one day a week.

She says it's a good outlet to help people.

"I like making new friends myself," she said.

Pat Pritchard, as a client, joins in activities a couple of days a week.

"It's giving me something to do because I live on my own," she said.

Liberty will continue to provide the same services in 2018, whether it be support provided in the home or through social groups. Home care packages and wellness weeks are ongoing.

"The first Wellness Week for 2018 will be held from February 5 to 9," Anita said.

"This will include continence advice, falls prevention, nutrition advice, podiatry and so much more. Book in for a haircut, colour, wash and blow-dry."

Seniors wanting to get out and about for $17 a day, call 55781668 and ask for Lyn or Nahum. If you need information about home care packages, call the same number and ask for Rowena.

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