Seniors in Heathcote will celebrate, learn new skills and build friendships at local NSW Seniors Festival events in April this year, thanks to NSW Government grants for Heathcote organisations to hold free and low cost events.

$200,000 in total had been delivered to organisations across the state, so metro, regional and rural areas could all celebrate the festival’s 60th Diamond Anniversary year.

The NSW Seniors Festival provides the perfect opportunity for older people to have some fun and get involved in our community. Organisations are running some wonderful events in line with this year’s festival theme, ‘Let’s do more together’.

I urge all Heathcote seniors to take advantage of these free / low cost events and get physically, culturally and socially active this April.

The Heathcote organisation that has received funding is 3Bridges Community and on Tuesday 17 April, 3Bridges Community will host “Her Stories Matter” at Sutherland Pensioners Centre. “Her Stories Matter” is Elder Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, including Traditional Owners from South East Sydney sharing their stories in an interactive exhibition of visual art, spoken word and video.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the festival grants are a way for the NSW Government to thank older people for their significant contribution to communities across the state.

“There will be something for everyone to enjoy this year. Councils, small businesses and community organisations work tirelessly to organise events to help local seniors live life to the fullest, and I’m thrilled with the activities we’ve funded this year,” Mrs Davies said.

The NSW Seniors Festival will run from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 15 April 2018. Further information on events and activities in Heathcote and across NSW will be available at www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au in the coming weeks.