Two better than one

Shellharbour City Council director Carey McIntyre, Warrigal chairman Alan Hardy, The Links president Robert Lopich, Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell, Links general manager Robby Stephenson and Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba at the announcement of the new Memorandum of Understanding between The Links and Warrigal. Picture: DAVID HALL

Shellharbour City Council director Carey McIntyre, Warrigal chairman Alan Hardy, The Links president Robert Lopich, Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell, Links general manager Robby Stephenson and Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba at the announcement of the new Memorandum of Understanding between The Links and Warrigal. Picture: DAVID HALL

THE Links Shell Cove and Warrigal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with the partnership between the two organisations marking the start of a mutually supportive engagement process with people who enjoy both the aged care organisation and the golf club.

Members of Warrigal's board, The Links golf course and Shellharbour City Council gathered at the club last week to sign the MOU.

The MOU featured each organisation pledging to help promote one another.

"We know that a majority of people living at Warrigal want to stay involved in their social clubs and groups," Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell said.

"Our principles of offering choice and community interaction are aligned with the ethos of the club, and we are excited to be able to work with community partners such as The Links to ensure people stay well connected and achieve greater social and health outcomes.

"Recent studies show that overcoming isolation and inactivity are very important for older people to have great lives and allow them to have longer, better lives."

The Links' general manager Robby Stephenson also acknowledged the common values of both organisations and the need to support and promote the city's lifestyle facilities, such as The Links to the community.

"The Links Shell Cove really is what all things golf should be - an enjoyable golf course, friendly atmosphere and a great golfing experience for those who want to play competitively and those who just enjoy a day out," Mr Stephenson said.

It is forecast that during the next 15 years the population of Shellharbour City aged 65 and over will rise by 62 per cent, with Shell Cove having an increase of 161 per cent in the over-65 age group.

Warrigal is this year celebrating 50 years of volunteering.

It not only provides care for 300 people in local residential care homes, but more than 200 people live in its Shellharbour community villages.

Home support clients have grown to more than 90 in Shellharbour.

Warrigal is also embarking on another expansion as part of the new Shell Cove boat harbour precinct.

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