Members wanted for Victoria Point National Seniors

NATIONAL SENIORS:  Victoria Point branch newly appointed committee members.
Left from back: Raffles manager Rhyllis Hobb, trade table manager Barbara Shrimpton, trips manager Helen Sheppard, committee member Kathleen Irving, vice-president Robert Myles, committee member Lorraine Jackson, catering manager Fay Williams, committee members Hilda Horn and Vera Whitfield. Seated front row from left: Secretary James Irving, president Shirley Bienkiewicz and treasurer Brenda Myles. Photo: Supplied

NATIONAL SENIORS: Victoria Point branch newly appointed committee members. Left from back: Raffles manager Rhyllis Hobb, trade table manager Barbara Shrimpton, trips manager Helen Sheppard, committee member Kathleen Irving, vice-president Robert Myles, committee member Lorraine Jackson, catering manager Fay Williams, committee members Hilda Horn and Vera Whitfield. Seated front row from left: Secretary James Irving, president Shirley Bienkiewicz and treasurer Brenda Myles. Photo: Supplied

IF helping to secure fairer outcomes for Australia’s ageing population and enjoying delicious morning teas and outings piques your interest, the Victoria Point National Seniors could be for you.

Those aged 50 and over are eligible to join, as well as their partners, with a variety of social activities and learning opportunities on offer.

President Shirley Bienkiewicz said members could enjoy craft sessions, fashion parades, guest speaker entertainment and more.

While the Victoria Point branch has about 80 members, more than 200,000 people across Australia are registered with National Seniors, which is the fourth largest organisation of its type in the world.

Past campaigns conducted by the consumer lobby group included a push for fire sprinklers in aged care homes, affordable travel insurance for those aged 70 and over and a “do not knock” register.

Ms Bienkiewicz said becoming a member was a great way for seniors to have their voices heard.

"The whole National Seniors’ organisation is a way of getting your thoughts across,” she said.

“They take it (members’ thoughts) to the government on issues to change.”

With the retirement of the former president and secretary, a new Victoria Point committee has been appointed for the incoming year.

Ms Bienkiewicz said plans for a dance session were now up for discussion.

"We are looking into a movement class or something,” she said.

To join the Victoria Point National Seniors group call Ms Bienkiewicz on 3820 7414. To join the Cleveland branch call Peter on 3207 0348. For more, visit www.nationalseniors.com.au.

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