City Introduces Wayfairer Program to Boost Community Resources

04 November 2019 5:30 PM

For many people, retirement is a time to relax, unwind and spend time on favourite hobby or interest. However for many, retirement can also mean a loss of purpose and reduced social connections, leading to loneliness and isolation.

To combat this, the City if Kalamunda has been working with Inclusion Solutions, a training and consultancy enterprise designed to help communicate social inclusion to the wider community, to roll out a new Wayfairer program that connects residents aged 50+ with local groups and clubs looking for support, leadership or mentoring and promotes the exchange of knowledge, skills, experience, interests and talents.

The City will launch the innovative program with an information session at 6pm, Wednesday 13 November at the Kalamunda Districts Hockey and Forrestfield Flyers Teeball Sports Facility, Forrestfield.

City of Kalamunda Mayor Margaret Thomas explained volunteering may be a solution for those retirees who are looking at staying active and engaged with their community during their senior years.

“Giving your time to a worthy cause can be an incredibly rewarding experience,” Mayor Thomas said

“Senior volunteers are much sought after by many organisations thanks to their skills and life-experiences.

“The connections created foster a renewed sense of purpose and belonging with the community and community groups and organisations benefit from our Wayfairers’ generous gift of time and commitment to skill-sharing.”

If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience or are a member of a local club or group looking to access the skills of our Wayfairers, please come along to the information evening on 13 November.

To RSVP or to learn more about the program please email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au or call 9257 9999.

© City of Kalamunda 2019