The Big River Day Club is a not for profit organisation, a venture between the RSL (NSW Sub Branch), and Department of Veteran Affairs and the local communities, which was first formed in the 1970’s. You do not need to be a member of the RSL to join the Big River Day Club; all are welcome at our weekly meetings.
The Big River Day Club is a community based, weekly program for older people who may be socially isolated due to age and/or frailty, to provide an opportunity for social contact and to build friendships outside the home and foster a sense of belonging to the wider community. All our members are treated with respect as individuals with their own histories, quizzes needs, desires, aspirations, preferences, talents, skills beliefs and values.
Our aim is to offer to promote and enhance health and wellbeing for our members with activities such as gentle exercise, mental stimulation, quiz time (age appropriate) and we also enjoy doing craft. Music and dancing is encouraged, or you can just clap along and enjoy one of our many entertainers, who give up their time for us.
Just this year we had visits from Hearing Australia representatives who carried out hearing and hearing aid checks. Fire Brigade officers also attended and discussed action plans; they also attended members homes to check smoke detectors and their batteries; this was much appreciated by our members, who often live alone and may not understand such things.
This year we plan to go on a few excursions put forward by our members, input is very important to us, as it is the members club and we are here for them.
The club is run by a team of enthusiastic, happy, caring volunteers and without their help and dedication the club would not exist. We also enjoy the company of our members “chatting about their lives and their knowledge of the past”.
It is often said, the older generation are our ‘National Treasures’; they make us who we are today and help us plan for the future, if we take the time to listen.
Morning tea and lunch is provided and we cater for special dietary requirements. We have door prizes, raffles and bingo with special event days, where we celebrate occasions by dressing up or by choosing a theme.
So come along and join in the fun of the Big River Day Club today. We look forward to welcoming you into our group.
For inquiries about becoming a member please call Diane Vine our coordinator on 0412 484 917.