Council backs Seniors Week

IF YOU are aged 55 or over and want to "Get Educated, Energised, Entertained & Engaged" then Gladstone Regional Council invites you to attend Seniors Week, which is being celebrated in August 2012.

Seniors Week will run from August 15 to 26 and is aimed at encouraging seniors to get active, have fun, and engage with the community while learning.

Event organiser Andrea Hughes said Gladstone Regional Council was coordinating the event with the support of a wide range of community groups.

"Funding has been received from the Queensland Government's Department of Communities for the festival program," Ms Hughes said.

"Among the activities planned are an 'Our Priceless Past' storytelling exercise in which school students record seniors' stories; a photography competition that captures images of young people and their older friends; and a 'Baffle Historical Tour' which provides opportunities for seniors to learn more about the history of the Baffle Creek area."

"Other activities include art, exercise, information technology and sporting workshops which offer seniors the chance to learn new skills, boosts their confidence, and encourages ongoing community engagement."

Ms Hughes said further social activities included cruises, LARC tours, a jazz concert, photography, dancing and various Aussie film fests.

"Through staging a wide variety of classes, activities and events in townships across our region, our aim is to ensure there is something accessible and of interest to every senior in our community," she said.

Bookings for any of the Seniors Week activities can be made from Wednesday, August 1 by calling Gladstone Regional Council's Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300.

For a full overview or copy of the Seniors Week program click here or for more information phone Andrea Hughes on 4976 6358.

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