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Free high tea to celebrate Victorian Seniors Festival

Free high tea to celebrate Victorian Seniors Festival

Thursday, September 23, 2021

City of Whittlesea seniors can enjoy a delicious free high tea from local cafes delivered to their front doors at a special Victorian Seniors Festival event in October.

The unique 13 October event for over-55s will see treats from several City of Whittlesea small businesses delivered free to registrants to enjoy at an online get-together with singer Brian Espiner.

It is part of Council’s celebrations for the 2021 Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined, which runs from 1-31 October and incorporates International Day of Older Persons on 1 October.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the annual festival was traditionally celebrated with a variety of lunches and morning teas, but lockdowns meant 2021 needed a creative approach.

“Many seniors have dealt with social isolation during the pandemic, so we’re really excited to offer this new initiative,” Ms Wilson said.

“Our older residents in the City of Whittlesea are so valuable to us all and they deserve to be celebrated throughout this month.

“We also know many of our small businesses are doing it tough, so the high tea initiative is a small way we can show our support, and hopefully brighten the lives of our valued senior community. I look forward to meeting people and enjoying good food, music and a chat.”

Other highlights of the Seniors Festival calendar include:

  • Free online seniors’ exercise classes, running on Mondays and Wednesdays via Facebook
  • An online music and dance party
  • Art and laughter therapy classes

The month-long celebrations will end with the launch of Council’s digital literacy program on 28 October, which is being delivered in conjunction with the Whittlesea U3A and not-for-profit home care provider Lively.

The program will help over-55s and community groups with online connectivity, including teaching how to use various devices, and manage administrative processes online.

For more information and bookings visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/seniors