Some seniors never retire
RETIREMENT is supposed to be all golf, fishing and relaxing on a yacht somewhere – but try telling that to hundreds of seniors across the Coffs Coast who spend their days giving back to our community.
Alan Fawcett and Maureen Robey are just two of an astounding amount of seniors who dedicate their time to volunteering and making life a little easier for others – something we’d like to celebrate thus Senior’s Week.
As long-time volunteers at Coffs Harbour Meals on Wheels Mr Fawcett and Mrs Robey, who are both in their 60s, think there’s nothing better than giving back to their community.
“I do it because I enjoy it,” Mr Fawcett said. “And because I think it’s the right thing to do for people who do the right thing.”
Mrs Robey said it was about taking the time to care for people who needed it.
Coffs Harbour Meals on Wheels manager, Bronwyn Webber, said the majority of the 110 volunteers on the books were seniors themselves.
“They’re so valuable, we just love them,” Ms Webber said. “It’s the little things that make a difference sometimes. We have other volunteers who are in their 80s – they do it because they say it keeps them fit, it’s good for their brain and their body and it gives them something to do.”
Yesterday, NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos has marked the beginning of Seniors Week by launching a ‘one-stop-shop’ pilot program that will help older people obtain free or reduced cost legal assistance.
The Legal Pathways for Older People project has been established in response to a Law and Justice Foundation report identifying that older people have a high level of unmet legal needs and experience a number of barriers when trying to access advice.
For more information about the Legal Pathways Project for Older People or to make an appointment, please call COTA NSW on 9268 3860 or 1800 449 102 (outside of Sydney).