Goodwin Aged Care makes permanent commitment to Queanbeyan-Palerang region

"They look after us perfectly," said Lionel Smith, one of 118 members of the Goodwin social club in Queanbeyan.

"They look after us perfectly," said Lionel Smith, one of 118 members of the Goodwin social club in Queanbeyan.

Goodwin Aged Care Services social club is helping connect older members of the Queanbeyan community in an effort to combat social isolation. 

In good news for the service, Goodwin has announced it will be a permanent fixture on Monaro Street after purchasing the building they previously rented.

In what is described as a commitment to the region, staff will continue to operate the seniors’ social club that began in July 2014 and look to expand their home care services.

The social club has 118 members from Queanbeyan and surrounds and generally receive 20-30 patrons per day.

According to Goodwin chief executive officer, Sue Levy, the organisation provides a vital service.

“The club creates a connection for seniors in the region, which combats social isolation - a major problem for many seniors in our communities,” Ms Levy said.

“We believe that more support for seniors to stay connected with their community will enrich the fabric of the area.”

The social club, which is open to anyone over 60, gives members an opportunity to get out of the house, meet new people and do activities they might not normally be able to.

Goodwin arrange transport, morning tea, lunch and organise activities for $10 per visit. Activities include visits to the national institutions in Canberra, trips to Tidbinbilla and even venturing as far as Goulburn and Braidwood.

Harvey Bray, who visits the club weekly, said it was always a highlight for him to participate.

“It’s an opportunity to meet like-aged people,” Mr Bray said.

“I really look forward to having my day here, I miss it when I don’t come.”

Another member, Lionel Smith, did not hold back when evaluating the club.

“It’s the best thing that has happened to Queanbeyan,” he said.

Goodwin invites anyone that is interested in joining the social club or that would like information on the range of home care services they offer to visit the shop front at 138 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan.

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