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Lesley Finds Social Connection

When 75-year-old Lesley Heffernan and her husband Michael retired to beautiful Sanctuary Point, they were excited to start the next chapter of their lives together.

While they missed their network of friends in Campbelltown where they had lived for 56 years, the couple were enjoying their new life until Michael suddenly passed away in 2019 leaving Lesley feeling lost and very alone.

“We had been married for 48 years so losing Michael felt like I had lost my right arm, I didn’t know what to do without him and I felt really lonely.” Lesley said.

“I have no family living down here and nearly all my friends are in Campbelltown, if I had known that I would lose Michael so soon, I would not have moved here.”

When COVID restrictions eased, Lesley decided to meet new people and get the social connection she needed by joining the BCR Communities Social Groups.

“I couldn’t keep staying indoors doing nothing, I had to get out and try and live my life without him,” Lesley said.

“I now go on the Tuesday bus trips which I enjoy. There is a lot of interaction with other people and it’s great to get out of the house and visit places that I haven’t been before or haven’t been to in a long time.”

BCR Communities Social Groups are friendly, fun and engaging, and include a range of activities from bus trips and lunches out to special events, craft, music and more. There is even an online community for those unable to leave the house.

If you would like to find out more about the BCR Communities Social Groups phone 1300 222 748, email at or visit our website

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