The Shoalhaven is preparing for the upcoming Youth and Seniors Festival, with multiple events scheduled to take place around the region.
This year the combined Shoalhaven Youth and Seniors Festival highlights the value and importance of bringing generations together to celebrate through shared experiences and all-inclusive activities and events.
Shoalhaven City Council is proud to provide seven assistance grants of up to $1000 to local community groups and organisations hosting events or activities that celebrate and support youth and seniors in the Shoalhaven during the weeklong festival.
Mayor Amanda Findley is looking forward to the events and hopes it will bring the community together to celebrate with lifelong friends whilst making new ones.
"This year's combined festival is an opportunity for young people and seniors to develop new friendships and skills and enjoy intergenerational activities and events that encourage bonding across generations and dispel negative stereotypes," Cr Findley said.
"We hope that younger people will gain an understanding of ageing and face their own ageing more positively. For young people who do not have grandparents or other seniors in their families, engaging with older adults fills a social gap
"Hopefully, older adults will feel energised with a new sense of purpose, especially when they are sharing their experiences and skills. Considering the recent impact of COVID, we also hope the planned activities will reduce a sense of isolation and potentially relieve or lessen depression."
The region will host over 14 events with many activities being free or costing under five dollars, with events ranging from social gatherings to sport and educational classes.
The festival will run from now to April 24 with a full calendar of events which is proudly supported by the NSW Government.
The timing of these statewide celebrations presents a unique opportunity to offer a range of intergenerational and interest-based activities, to bring together all age groups.
The Shoalhaven Youth and Seniors Festival 2021 combines the NSW Seniors Week theme 'In our nature' and the NSW Youth Week theme 'Together more than ever' to promote wellbeing and mindfulness to support a happy healthy community.
Seniors Festival activities are offered for people over 55 years old and Youth Week activities are for people between the ages of 12 and 25 years.
For details view the Youth and Seniors Festival Calendar here: http://bit.ly/2021YouthandSeniors.