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Audrie Finds Friendship with BCR Communities

Packing up and moving to another country is a big upheaval at any age but can you imagine starting again at the age of 91?

This is exactly what Audrie Lee did when she crossed the ditch with her two daughters moving from Auckland to Old Erowal Bay.

Now 93, the intrepid Kiwi said she is very happy in her new life mainly because she found friendships and meaningful connections through the BCR social groups and activities.

“It was a big move but joining in with activities at BCR made me feel part of the community straight away,” Audrie said.

“I have always been a talker and I love meeting people but when I first moved here I didn’t really know anyone so I was finding myself sometimes talking to the dog!”

Audrie is part of the BCR Communities Wednesday Social Group who get together every week for a day of activities which might include trivia, cards, games, craft, performances or just getting out and enjoying the community.

“The bus picks me up and drops me home and we do a lot of activities but it’s talking and joking around I like the most.”

“They are all just lovely people - making friends at my age is really special!”

It is harder to keep socially connected as we age, friends and family move away or health problems make it more difficult to get out of the house. This is why BBCR currently runs four different social groups in the Bay & Basin.

Depending on your eligibility, social outings and group activities can be included in both the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages under My Aged Care. If you would like to find out more about our BCR Social Groups please phone 1300 222 748 or email

Two older women smiling together wearing Christmas hats
Audrie Lee (right) found friendship with BCR Communities

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