NSW Seniors festival gets back to nature

A garden tour, seedling workshop and bush tucker walk are among almost 80 initiatives connecting older people through the NSW Government’s Seniors Festival Grants Program.

Each year the NSW Seniors Festival provides a diverse range of programs and activities to seniors across the State enabling them to remain active, healthy and engaged.

Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said the festival provides a chance for seniors to socialise, enjoy new experiences and continue learning.

“This year’s theme ‘In Our Nature’ provides a great opportunity for seniors to connect with the great outdoors, promote healthy living and maybe even try a new activity like chair yoga,” Mr Lee said.

Grow Together – a social network focused on combatting social isolation for seniors through sharing photos and stories about gardening – will be one of many stall holders at the NSW Seniors Festival exhibition.

Research shows the most effective way to learn about technology is through a hobby or subject you enjoy, and a love of gardening is something many seniors share,” Grow Together CEO and Founder Judy Friedlander said.

“As part of the NSW Government’s Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors grant program, 300 smartphones were distributed to seniors in Western Sydney who can now join our thriving social network.”

The NSW Government’s Seniors Festival grant recipients include a range of organisations, ensuring the festival has a diverse line-up. Activities include a comedy show, art exhibitions, high tea, drum circles and intergenerational dances.

The rose of the NSW Seniors Festival will be the Premier’s Gala Concert with internationally acclaimed Motown performers, Human Nature, headlining.

Events and initiatives will run across the State, kicking off on 13 April and continuing until 24 April.
For more information and dates visit: seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au

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