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Wildflower Day Club battles loneliness among widows, widowers

For the past 16 years, Margaret Jorgensen has been ensuring older people in her local community who have lost a partner are not alone.

To eliminate the social isolation many elderly Australians experience, Jorgensen began the Wildflower Day Club at Watsonia Returned Services League of Australia (RSL). The club’s weekly outings and activities aim to help patrons and members of the community who have lost a partner make new friends.

For her volunteer work, Jorgensen was recognised by HESTA as one of Australia’s most outstanding individuals working in the community sector. She was named finalist in the Unsung Hero category of the 2017 Community Sector Awards.

HESTA said Jorgensen was recognised for creating programs and activities that encourage social participation and improved wellbeing for elderly members of the Watsonia RSL.

Jorgensen has spent the last 35 years volunteering at the RSL, taking part in fundraising, accounting and coordinating activities for members.

Aged Care Insite spoke with Jorgensen about the Wildflower Day Club and what the outings mean to its members.

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One comment

  1. How wonderful to see “little people” achieve really big things. Well done Margaret, your enthusiasm and dedication deserve recognition.