World travel…without the hassle of flying! Local, national and international travel from the comfort of a chair.
Travel. Remember that? We used to be able to travel the world relatively easily, but these days it’s much harder. Travel restrictions have made it more difficult to get out and explore, but an intrepid group from Kapunda Senior Citizens Club made light work of it as they learned all about ‘armchair travel’.
It was a small but enthusiastic group that gathered for this session in the comfort of their clubrooms. Not a check-in counter in sight, it was time to grab their ‘boarding passes’ and hit the road.
Using iPads funded through an Age Friendly SA grant from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health and a freshly installed version of Google Earth, they were able to travel wherever their hearts desired. They travelled to The Louvre in Paris, the forests of Borneo, and the historic ruins of Rome. They checked out the Sydney Opera House and even explored closer to home, around Kapunda and the rest of the Light Region. It was an enjoyable experience and something the group had never done before.
Ken Lyons, Light Regional Council’s Digital Services Library Officer said, “It was great to see all the smiling faces. People have been stuck at home, or at least nearby, for such a long time. Seeing them explore places they had visited before, or locations that were completely new made me smile as much as they were!”
It’s not just the Senior Citizen’s Club that has benefited from the grant funding though. Lorinda Bayley, Light Regional Council’s Community Development Officer, has been busy collecting foam cooler boxes from TerryWhite Chemmart in Kapunda. When approached by Lorinda and asked about the possibility of donating the boxes, the chemist staff were enthusiastic and jumped right on board. Lorinda said, “We’re so grateful to TerryWhite at Kapunda for their kind donations. We’re going to be making good use of them when we run 2 Gardening in Small Spaces workshops as part of our Food for Thought program in July.”
Adding the cooler boxes to other materials funded by grant money is going to allow people to learn new, practical gardening skills. The two workshops will be held in the Kapunda Senior Citizen’s Clubrooms, Chapel Street, Kapunda, but will be open to anyone to attend.
For more information about Light Regional Council’s community programs, you can email Lorinda or Ken at email@example.com, or call them on 8525 3200.
Light Regional Council is supported by Office for Ageing Well, SA Health through an Age Friendly SA grant to deliver the GOLDIES (Growing Older Dynamically, Independently, Empowered, Savvy) and the Improving Digital Literacy for Seniors programs.