“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

Once upon a time, these profound words fell from the mouth of a wheelchair-bound US president – their message has echoed through the corridors of time ever since. Today, with ‘democratic’ governments taking the power from our hands, the need to educate our offspring to right the wrongs that have come to be has never been more evident. The older generations have made the mistakes, learned the lessons and seen the errors of their ways and now is the time to heed their teachings.


This week, Byron Bay Community Centre launches Social Inclusion Week, recognising and giving voice to the older members of our community through film, photography and spoken word.

Byron Bay seniors will take centre-stage at the Byron Bay Community Centre all this week as the Centre showcases a number of community projects, which aim to highlight and celebrate the lives of the older members of our community.

Social Inclusion Week is a national initiative that encourages communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged.

Byron Bay Community Centre Community Services Coordinator, Cat Seddon, says that this year the BCC will focus on a number of healthy aging programs, which are currently being run out of the community centre.

“We will be launching Social Inclusion Week with a performance by the senior’s drumming circle, now self-named the Byron Elder Beats. The group is open to anyone over 65 and meets every Tuesday Morning and has become hugely popular. This is a great opportunity for members of the community, young and old to come along check out the exhibitions on display and get a sense of what it means to grow older in our community” She said.

Ms. Seddon said that the community centre will be holding an open exhibition of works resulting from the BCC Healthy Aging Program all through social inclusion week, including a photographic exhibition of senior’s portraits, postcards written by local school children to their 65 year-old selves as well as senior’s postcards to their 16 year-old selves and a number of short films documenting the lives and values of Byron Seniors.


“Films from the BCC’s ongoing digital life stories project can be viewed all week upstairs at the community centre.”

“On Thursday the 28th we will be conducting a ‘Living Library’ session at the Centre where school groups and members of the public can come along and ‘borrow living books’, senior members of our community who will be sharing their life stories and wisdom around growing older in Byron Bay” Ms Seddon said.

“We are also opening our doors to seniors wishing to get involved in a local senior’s choir. Much like our drumming circle, no experience is necessary and it’s all about having fun, broadening horizons, healthy aging  and meeting new people” Ms Seddon said.

Byron Bay Community Centre Activities for Social Inclusion Week – November 25 -29


  • Social Inclusion Week Launch – 10.30am Tuesday 26th of November – Byron Bay Community Centre
  • Postcards From Another Age Exhibition – All Week from 10am-4pm
  • Senior’s Portraits – On Display All Week in the BCC Foyer – including work from Common Ground’s Kirra Pendergast
  • Postcards From Another Age Exhibition – All Week from 10am-4pm
  • Short Film Exhibition from the Life of Byron Workshops – All Week
  • Community Choir – Monday 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Living Libraries – Thursday 10.30am – 1pm
  • Seniors Drumming Circle – Tuesday the 26th of November

More Byron Bay Social Inclusion Week information at: http://www.lifeofbyron.com

National Social Inclusion Week information: http://www.socialinclusionweek.com.au/



The Common Ground of Byron Bay. If you wish to contribute, please contact: Kirra Pendergast P: 0408 068 824 E: kirra@commongroundaustralia.com


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