Centre opens for Bunbury seniors to re-connect

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Bunbury Geographe Seniors and Community Centre Zumba dance ladies are happy to be back in action again.
Camera IconBunbury Geographe Seniors and Community Centre Zumba dance ladies are happy to be back in action again. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

Bunbury’s senior citizens once again have a place to socialise and connect, with the recent reopening of the Bunbury Geographe Seniors and Community Centre.

The easing of restrictions at the weekend has allowed the centre to reinstate all activities and groups from Monday, such as Zumba and the cafe.

Chair Kelvin Carmichael said the centre opened two weeks ago and had slowly been bringing groups back in.

“Like Zumba, they’ve been running smaller classes, but now they can all come back in and same with all of our other groups, we’re building them up gradually,” Mr Carmichael said.

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Mr Carmichael said all members of the group could not wait to get back to the centre for various activities.

“A lot of them are by themselves at home, and if they don’t turn up here to talk to anybody, they’ll just sit at home looking at the four walls,” he said.

It’s absolutely vital that we have the centre for the seniors to have somewhere to go.

Kelvin Carmichael

“I’m sure they’re all going to love being back.”

Centre manager Bev Buck said it was important to give people in the community over 55 a space for connection again.

I think the biggest thing for us reopening, was that for so many people this would have been the first time they’d been out at all through the whole thing.

Bev Buck

“They were stuck at home because they’re the vulnerable group, so it’s important they can have this space because the isolation was difficult.”

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