Living Well in the Valley expo comes to Nambucca Heads in October

Yvonne Kachel, a member of the expo working committee.

THE Living Well in the Valley expo is planned for Nambucca in October, talking all things ageing, caring and disability.

Guest speakers will be the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, Lily Norman and Justin Northover from the Care Finder Program, Scott Waddell from Services Australia, Jess Jefferies from NSW Ambulance and Nambucca Valley Mayor Rhonda Hoban.

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Last year the expo was held in Coffs Harbour but it was decided that as smaller communities are sometimes left out, it will take place in Nambucca this year.

“The smaller communities sometimes miss out and many people from smaller towns like Macksville and Nambucca might not get up to Coffs if something is happening,” Yvonne Kachel, expo Working Committee member, told News Of The Area.

“A lot of people who are beginning to age don’t know what’s available for them.

“They don’t know what to do if something is happening, so the expo will help the elderly and people with disabilities to know what’s available for them, to understand there are places they can go to to seek help.”

The Commissioner will explain what the Ageing and Disability Commission does, how it can help, and provide information about how complaints are dealt with.

“One of the areas to be looked at very closely is elder abuse, as when someone ages, people can start taking advantage and the police have worked with that as well,” said Yvonne.

“One of the things which we know keeps dementia at bay is socialisation, so at the expo, we’ve asked community groups to come such as the U3A and the Nambucca Writers Group – so that people know there are so many groups one can join.”

There will be information stalls, entertainment and giveaways too.

Yvonee Kachel is a founding member of the Older Women’s Network Coffs Harbour and part of the expo working Committee; comprising Blue Sky Community Services, Lifetime Connect, Primary Health North Coast and Healthy North Coast.

The expo is on Tuesday 17 October from 10am to 2pm at the Nambucca Heads RSL Club.


Robert Fitzgerald, NSW Commissioner for Ageing and Disability.

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