Esk seniors put pen to paper

Seniors met at Esk Library on Friday 12 April to write letters to disconnected seniors in the community. Pictures: RACHELLE WILLIAMS

Last week, Able Australia held its first Lasting Letters session in Esk, connecting seniors through the lost art of letter writing.

Able Australia Active Living Program for Seniors coordinator Rachelle Williams was excited to launch the fifth Lasting Letters in West Moreton on Friday 12 April.

“Esk is our fifth Lasting Letters, we’ve now got three in the Scenic Rim, and one at Rosewood which is the second Thursday of every month from 9:30am,” she said.

“Now we’ve got Esk as well, and once we’ve got this one going then the next plan is to introduce one into the Lockyer Valley.”

In future, a group of able seniors will meet at Esk Library on the second Friday of each month from 10am to write letters to the ‘receivers’, those with transport or health difficulties who cannot attend the library sessions.

“We’re desperately looking for more receivers, because the more receivers we have then it means more seniors in the community are getting a social interaction,” Mrs Williams said.

“If they’re not getting out very much then it’s a wonderful way to be talking to other seniors and finding out about what’s going on.

“Hopefully those seniors at home will be able to feel comfortable enough to join the group themselves, and write letters to more receivers.”

The Rosewood group currently had three writers, including the only male in the program.

“We’d like more men to come along, that would be wonderful,” Mrs Williams said.

“Letter writing is not just a thing for the ladies, it can be done by anybody.”

Mrs Williams encouraged families and friends to share the program with seniors who might be interested in joining.

“The more receivers we can have, the better,” she said.

To become a receiver, or to enquire about the program, contact Rachelle on 0427 211 816 or call the office at 5600 0750.