Showing appreciation towards our seniors

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup will be hosting events to celebrate WA Seniors Week happening this week.

From November 11 – 17 Seniors Week is a time of celebration for Western Australian seniors, with events and activities held across the state to acknowledge seniors and show our appreciation for their valued contribution to society.

A total of 78 South West community groups and local governments secured a State Government Seniors Week 2018 Community Grants Program to help fund the events.

The program allocates grants of up to $3000 which were administered by the Council on the Ageing WA, with support from the State Government and Lotterywest.

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray said these events recognise the tremendous contribution that seniors make to our community.

“Seniors Week encourages all generations to come together so I hope everyone in our community is inspired to get involved,” Mr Murray said. 

“It’s a time to acknowledge and honour older Western Australians, and that is exactly what we’re doing with these wonderfully varied Seniors Week events.

“As a regional Member of Parliament, I am particularly pleased to see so many of these grants supporting events and activities in regional communities and I encourage all Western Australians, regardless of age, to get involved in Seniors Week.” 

On Wednesday, November 14, from 9 – 10am seniors can try the aqua rhythm fitness program with physiotherapist Judy Bishop in the 25m heated indoor pool at the Donnybrook Recreation Centre.

Also on the day from 10 – 4 the Balingup Art and Craft group invite you to come along to their open day and lunch. The Donnybrook Art and Craft Group will also have activities on offer from 3:30 – 5pm, held at the corner of Ramsay Terrace and Marmion Street, Donnybrook.

On Thursday, November 15, from 9 – 5 the IT Device management will assist with installing apps on your phone or tablet. Contact the Donnybrook Community Resource Centre for a one on one session with Sue Martin.

A fitness program will also be held on the day at the Donnybrook Recreation Centre or an hour starting at 9am. 

Story time with grandparents will be held at the Donnybrook Library Centre starting at 10:15am, with morning tea afterwards. 

On Friday November 16, from 8:30 – 9:30am physiotherapist Judy Bishop will be back with her aqua fitness program at the Donnybrook pool. 

The Donnybrook CRC will also host lawyer Dawn Tan on the day for a session on why and how to complete a health directive from 1 – 3pm.  

On Saturday, November 17 at 9:30am the Donnybrook Country Club will be hosting a come in and try morning for seniors. 

For more information about the events contact the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup on 9780 4200 or by emailing