Info Bingo!

Seniors Rights Service has been hosting Info Bingo events all around New South Wales. The popular event brings together senior community members and provides valuable information all whilst having fun and the chance to win prizes. Recently we have had Info Bingo in Lismore, Windsor and Stockinbingal, all of which had a great community response.

145 seniors gathered in Lismore which was hosted by regional advocate Gerard Dunlop. The Hon. Susan Ryan was the keynote speaker and CEO Russell Westacott also attended the regional event. The day was full of competitive bingo, scam bingo and other games which provided useful information to seniors. From gathering together with old friends to providing a new setting for the community to gather it was overall a huge success. One attendee said ‘‘I’ve lived here for over 30 years and there was only one face I knew [and] to hear all the scams! What a world we have now!’’.

Participants left full after ‘‘eating too much’’ and expressed their desire to attend another Info Bingo session. Similarly in Windsor, a group gathered and listened to the Hon. Kay Patterson AO who spoke and conversed with participants to answer their questions and concerns. This smaller but just as competitive group learnt about new scams and laughed their way through the day. Chief Inspector of the Hawkesbury Police Command, Garry Sims APM assisted in co-hosting the event. We truly appreciate his support and time particularly during the difficult and early fire season.

On Tuesday the 24th of September Seniors Rights Service met with seniors from Young, Cootamundra and Stockinbingal for an Info Bingo session. The day comprised fun games and incorporating valuable information in regards to scams, abuse of older people, accessing aged care services and information about what Seniors Rights Service do.

Hosted in Stockinbingal, ‘Stockbingo’ event was attended by over 30 people who commented saying ‘‘these days are excellent, older people can never have too much information as to services available.’’ Another attendee said that they ‘‘loved the way the topic was introduced with bingo’’.

Seniors Rights Service partnered with Relationships Australia, CHSP, NSW Fair Trading and Meals on Wheels for this event and to raise awareness of services and empower seniors.

Our service works hard to host informative and fun education sessions all around the state. We look forward to continuing to visit and host such events in both regional and metro areas.