Fostering new connections in retirement

10 March 2023

A day trip to one of the many stunning locations in South East Queensland can be an engaging and uplifting social activity. Sunshine, fresh air and good company can do wonders for the soul, and it’s exactly what some of our Retirement Living Residents are discovering with our new Day Tripping program.

Launched only in January of this year, the program has so far rolled out to our Holland Park and Stretton Gardens Retirement Living residents, with plans to extend the invitation to residents across all SCCQ’s retirement villages later this year. It provides an opportunity once a month for the residents to come together from the Villages, make new friends, while spending an enjoyable day seeing the sights around Brisbane and beyond.

SCCQ’s Chief Customer Officer, Meredith Hall, initiated the new program to foster new connections and combat loneliness for some of the residents, after listening to some of the feedback from recent Customer surveys.

“It has been a nice opportunity for the Retirement Living residents to not only enjoy their existing friendships but also to make new friends. It also gives our residents a chance to have a different day out and see places they may not have been to before.” Says Meredith.

So far this year the residents have day tripped to Yandina and the Buderim Ginger Factory, followed by lunch at the Marcoola surf club, as well as a morning tea and drive around Shorncliffe, and some shopping and lunch in Redcliffe.

The itinerary planned for the coming months is also looking exciting with day trips scheduled to Bribie Island, Coochimudlo Island, Samford Museum, Mt Tamborine, The Scenic Rim, Toowoomba Flower Show and much more.