It was a day of firsts on the Gold Coast on October 13, 2021, as we launched our first “Friendly Bench” in the city’s first Seniors Garden.
The bench is set to tackle loneliness, encouraging isolated seniors to meet in Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach, and connect over a conversation at any time that they’re feeling lonely.
There’s also an official Friendly Bench program set to launch soon, with community members meeting at the bench every Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am for a cup of tea and a chat.
“We’re hoping that this bench not only provides a refuge for those who may be isolated, but a platform that sparks some beautiful friendships and connections that enrich people’s lives,” said Jo Winwood, Head of Be Someone For Someone.
It’s an easy way to connect in an area that is increasingly full of seniors in need; an estimated 25,000 seniors aged 65 and older experience problematic loneliness on the Gold Coast, with a large proportion of those living near the new Seniors Garden.
The program is made possible via the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), a government-funded entry-level home care and support program that helps older people live independently in their homes and communities.
In addition to the friendly bench activities, CHSP clients will have the opportunity to join Feros Care social groups at Coolangatta’s Coffee Club, Robina Library and the Broadwater Parklands.
You can find the bench at 2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach.
Or, if you are interested in joining Feros Care’s social group at the Broadbeach Seniors Garden, please contact Feros Care on 1300 763 583 to check your eligibility.