New group to support people who have lost a partner

ARE you lonely due to the loss of a loved one and without family living nearby?

The Halcro Street Community Centre is opening its doors to offer support for people who have lost a partner.

Residents are invited to the Widows' Support Group on Monday, February 9, at 1pm to make new friends and contribute ideas for the newly formed group.

Councillor for cmmunity, heritage and family services George Seymour said the group aimed to provide a warm and inclusive environment for people who had experienced the tragedy of losing a partner. 

"The Widows' Support Group provides an opportunity for those people to reconnect and make new friends, enjoy social activities and discuss the struggles or issues they may have being on their own," he  said.

Senior project officer Juls de Waard said the group was established after a local volunteer approached her with the idea.

"We recognised the need for a group like this," she said.

"We have a lot of people who come to the centre who are living alone. 

"We had many discussions around the table to see how we could include and support them.

"We would like those who are interested to come along to discuss the structure of the group, how often it will meet and contribute ideas for activities."

In addition to the new support group, the Halcro Street Community Centre will continue its hive of activity with its regular programs including casual games groups, Indoor Walking Group, Coffee & Chat Group and the Community Garden and Ceramics Group.

"There are so many programs and activities the centre offers for residents," Ms de Waard said.

"Our popular Brain-a-size, Seniors Drama and music groups will return in February as part of the Seniors in Focus Project.

"All of our groups are very friendly and relaxed and everyone thoroughly enjoys themselves.

"It's a great opportunity to get out of the house and try something new."

For more information, visit www.seniorsherveybay.com or phone Ms de Waard on 4194 2441.