Social seniors spotlight Lucas life

June 28, 2022 BY

Fast friends: Jan Brodie, Ian Robinson, Gail Russell and Margaret Robinson attended the first over 60s social meetup. Photo: TIM BOTTAMS

AFTER eighteen months living in Lucas, Jan Brodie wanted to feel a sense of community.

That’s why she’s organised an over-60s social group, where the suburb’s seniors can get together, have a chat and enjoy a hot drink.

The group held their first get-together on Tuesday last week at Emma’s Bakery, and Ms Brodie said she feels its formation is necessary for the area.

“Friendship and communication’s really important for any age, and it’s not so easy for people of the senior generation to just put themselves out there,” she said.

“Because Lucas is a younger environment, the opportunities aren’t there for us seniors so I thought I’d give this a try and so far, the response has been good.”

Eight people attended the first meeting which Ms Brodie aims to hold on a fortnightly basis.

Gail Russell has lived in Lucas for two years, and said the group provided a great opportunity to connect with people at a similar age and with similar interests to her.

“I think everyone really enjoyed it. We all chatted and got on well. It was a great morning,” she said.

“This is a great idea and something the community needs because it’s so hard to meet new people around here.

“It’s really giving people in Lucas the opportunity to get to know each other in a meaningful way so I can’t wait for it to get bigger.”

Ms Brodie ran into two people she’d met from the get-together, and said it was nice to see familiar faces in her community.

“I think that experience alone expands on itself with what I want to achieve with this group,” she said.

The group maintains contact via Facebook group chat and those wishing to join can message Ms Brodie or follow the Lucas Community Facebook group.

The next coffee catchup will take place at Emma’s Bakery on Tuesday, 28 June at 10am.