Seniors group seeks to boost numbers

December 4, 2023 BY

Community: Secretary and treasurer of the Wendouree Senior Citizens Club, Keith Moore, said the group would love to see more members. Photo: MIRIAM LITWIN

MEMBERS of Wendouree Senior Citizens are calling on the community to get involved with the organisation after a drop in numbers.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and cost of living pressures the group has seen a decline in numbers, but organisers are now looking to rebuild a strong member base.

“When we came back from the pandemic, with the cost of living the way it is, a lot of members have had to start babysitting as both husband and wife have had to come to work,” said club secretary and treasurer Keith Moore.

“We used to have 97 members and we’re now back to 63 this year and it’s a lot of members to lose.

“We’re very, very short on bowlers and we haven’t played in six months because we can’t seem to attract enough at the moment.”

The group of people aged 50 and older meets weekly and participate in social activities like bingo, cards, indoor bowls, going on trips and having lunches.

“We’ve done trips to Mount Gamier, the Great Ocean Road and next year we’re going down to Docklands and catching the ferry to Geelong,” said Mr Moore.

He joined the club in 2016 when he moved from Ararat to Ballarat and found the club a great way to meet people.

“I was only in the club three weeks when they threw me on the committee and I’ve been there ever since,” he said.

“I’ve made a lot of friends and it’s been good to be able to organise these trips and meals.

“The people here are very, very friendly.”

To get involved with the group contact Mr Moore on 0407 822 269.