Senior centre looking to grow

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Senior Citizen Activity Centre (PKWE) at the Lambak Kanan National Housing Scheme has become a valuable community resource for the elderly but is looking to attract more members.

Although its membership is small, at 208, it is still an improvement over the “very small” numbers when it opened three years ago, said Hj Hussin Hj Yussof, who has been managing the centre since its establishment.

Hj Hussin said a number of members usually take part in the daily activities at the centre, which is open from 8am to 4.30pm on weekdays only.

“More than 20 members will come for our daily activities and the number often increases to 40-50 people during special celebrations or activities,” he said.

He emphasised that the centre is open to senior citizens in Brunei-Muara District and not only for use by residents of Lambak Kanan and its surrounding areas, noting this perception is a persistent issue faced by the centre.

The centre’s current members are residents from Mukim Berakas ‘A’ and Mukim Berakas ‘B’ as well as Kg Rimba.

Hj Hussin expressed hope that future members will comprise residents from other villages and Mukims in Brunei-Muara.

“In addition to promoting the centre through the media, our members act as our ambassadors to promote the centre and get more members,” he said.

The centre’s establishment was a joint initiative between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Home Affairs and was specifically designed to meet the needs of those aged 60 and above.

It is a place for senior citizens to meet, socialise and participate in activities. It has year-long activities for senior citizens which focus on three aspects: religious, health and recreational.

Plans are also in the works to build senior citizen activity centres in Tutong and Belait district.

“Our activities are based on the desires of the senior citizens. However, we are only open to senior citizens who are physically well and are able to move by themselves,” he said.

The centre aims to ensure that senior citizens practice an active, healthy lifestyle and are able to fill their time with beneficial activities. PKWE is also a support centre for providing activities that involve the community in general, he said.

For its religious activities, the centre organises tausyeh and dikir classes and has requested assistance from the Islamic Da’wah Centre to provide teaching staff to be able to organise Al-Quran classes.

The members also organise walks and gatherings at the country’s recreational parks and beaches as well as engage in sports. The centre also provides table tennis and gym equipment for its members’ use.

Yesterday, the centre organised a Khatam Al-Quran ceremony for its members in conjunction with the month of Ramadhan.

The Senior Citizen Activity Centre is located on Jalan 77, Lambak Kanan National Housing Scheme, Mukim Berakas ‘B’.

The Brunei Times