THERE is never any need for a senior to feel lonely or isolated in his/her community. Just ask any one of the members of the Cooroy Care and Share group. This seniors social group has been running for more than 30 years and is now looking for new members.
The program offers a twice-monthly social gathering with activities as varied as morning teas, group singing, quizzes, board games, bingo and even the occasional game of mini golf.
Original organiser and now-participant Val Costello, 84, said the program had been running every second and fourth Wednesday of the month since it began as a Uniting Church program in 1985.
These days, Cooroy Care and Share is a program run by Noosa Community Support - a Noosa Council service - which receives Federal and State Government funding.
It's open to clients aged over 65, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50, and those under 65, with a disability.
NCS Hinterland Program Coordinator Pearl Clothier said the group was a great way for local seniors to meet new friends.
"Don't sit at home on your own, don't feel isolated, you will always be greeted with a smile and a warm welcome at Cooroy Care and Share," she said.
Transport is available for residents who live in Cooroy and out as far as Tinbeerwah.
"I really appreciate being picked up and taken home by lovely warm caring staff and volunteers. I couldn't get there otherwise if there was not transport offered," participant Joan Berry said.
Cooroy Share and Care is held at the Cooroy CWA Hall twice a month. For more information, phone 53296175 or visit website: noosacommunity support.com.au