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Stay connected this Christmas with BaptistCare social clubs

The science is undeniable: we’re happier when we connect with other humans. This festive season, why not join your local BaptistCare social group for seniors and enjoy all the benefits of social connection for yourself.

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14 December 2023

Stories | Home Care

Loneliness can pose a significant risk in older age, especially around Christmas. A recent study by Relationships Australia showed that 27 percent of retired Australians say they are socially lonely, a feeling that is often exacerbated during the festive season.

If this is you, the idea of making new friends or trying out a new activity might seem overwhelming – particularly if you have reduced mobility and rely on others for support.

Research shows, however, that staying socially active in older age is key to living a longer and happier life. Seniors who are more socially involved are at decreased risk of heart disease, illness, high blood pressure, and mental deterioration.

Joining a BaptistCare social club could be a great way to get out and about, socialise with like-minded locals over an engaging program of events and activities, and receive the care and support you need.

Key takeaways:

  • BaptistCare social clubs offer a supportive, friendly environment for seniors to socialise and enjoy new or existing hobbies
  • BaptistCare social clubs are available at a heavily subsidised rate with an active home care package
  • Most social clubs offer a door-to-door transport service
  • BaptistCare social clubs are also a means of respite for primary caregivers.

What are BaptistCare social clubs?

Social clubs offer a relaxed and friendly setting where seniors can regularly catch up with friends, get to know new people, keep up a favourite hobby, or even try something new.

Many social club members at BaptistCare go on to form lasting friendships, connecting over activities like bowls, craftwork, light exercise, cooking and gardening activities, or special events and excursions.

The clubs, which typically run from mid-morning until mid-afternoon, are facilitated by a team of caring, highly trained staff. Some social clubs also offer fully accessible transport if required, like our club in Kellyville.

Who can attend social clubs for seniors?

Social clubs are available to all over-65s who are keen to stay connected with their community and who would like to socialise with other people.

Our trained teams provide care for older people from all walks of life, including those living with mild to moderate dementia. The social club program is varied with different days of the week catering to people with similar care needs.

What’s on during the festive season?

Christmas is a particularly special time in the BaptistCare social club calendar. Our teams work hard to ensure clients feel valued, loved, and genuinely cared for during the festive season. There are Christmas parties, visits from Santa, present opening, and carol singing to name just a few activities on offer.

Social club meals are always delicious, but at this time of year, the teams excel themselves, serving up a festive feast with all the trimmings, complete with hats and Christmas crackers!

Social clubs offer respite for caregivers

If you are a carer for someone, social clubs provide an opportunity for respite – the chance to take some regular time out to rest and recharge – often a necessity during what can be a very busy time of year.

It may be an incredible relief to know your loved one is enjoying themselves at the club’s festivities and receiving quality care while you take a well-deserved break.

Can my home care package pay for social club membership?

Yes, it can. If you have an active Home Care Package (HCP), or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), you can access a heavily subsidised daily rate, which includes meals, transport, and care.

If you don’t have a home care package, that’s okay. You can still join your local social club and pay privately for your membership.

Get in touch with BaptistCare at home

We are one of Australia’s largest and most trusted providers of home care and social clubs for seniors, delivering loving, respectful, and reliable care to more than 15,000 people across NSW, ACT, and WA.

If you would like to know more about BaptistCare’s social clubs for seniors, or home care services more generally, our friendly team are here to help you.

We’ll listen, guide you through the care and support services we have available, and provide advice based on your particular situation.

Please call 1300 275 227 (Monday to Friday, from 8:00am to 6:00pm) or email us at

Alternatively, complete the enquiry form below, and one of our helpful team members will be in touch.