Thanks to the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program from the NSW Government’s Department of Communities and Justice, Afford’s Supported Accommodation homes from the Far West were treated to a Nepean Belle Paddle Wheeler cruise. Floating down the picturesque river was an excellent opportunity for friends to socialise and admire the stunning views.

Afford’s residents are always given unique opportunities to explore the world around them and make special memories.

“It was such a nice and relaxing atmosphere. Our National Executive Manager for Accommodation & Respite, Kym Mafi, organised this great event for our clients. True Blue loved getting to wine and dine themselves,” said Lifestyle Assistant, Nancy Bola.

Graeme, John, Kenny, Laurie and Michael from True Blue loved hearing the captain share the history of the boat and river. They also got to try their hand at steering the paddle wheeler while borrowing the captain’s hat.

“Kenny loves planes and boats, so getting a taste of what it feels like to be a captain was very special. Everyone also loved the view and felt very lucky to have been able to attend, especially after the recent floods,” continued Nancy.

Five residents from across the Neptune and South Windsor homes also attended and for them, it was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends. Many of the residents lived together at Afford’s Cherrywood village before it was updated and transformed into the Lifestyle Centre it is today.

“Leading up to the day, our houses were very excited. They were asking questions and counting down. Even Michael, who is quite introverted, was elevated once he saw how excited his housemates were. Getting him motivated about his days is one of our goals so it was great to see him looking forward to it and enjoying his day out,” said Team Leader, Aaron Young.

For some residents being out on the paddle wheeler was also an excellent opportunity to push themselves outside of their comfort zone and try new things.

“One of Peter’s goals is to push his boundaries and have new experiences. Whilst he did enjoy socialising and gave a chef’s kiss to the food, being on the water wasn’t for him. The experience taught him something new about himself and he can use this experience to make informed choices in the future,” continued Aaron.

Afford is grateful to the NSW Government and the Department of Communities and Justice for the opportunity to take our seniors out for a memorable day.

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