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19 July, 2021
John Wientjens, Eric Graham, Ian Bopf and Brett Bodlovic enjoy a catch up at RJ’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diner in Bundaberg.

Come for the fun, stay for the friendships.

It’s impossible to wipe the smile off Brett Bodlovic’s face when he’s out and about with his crew.

The conversations and sounds of laughter roll with ease, just like the billiard balls he strikes with precision and care.

A client of CentacareCQ for more than 10 years, under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Brett has always jumped at the chance to join the Social Group outings at every opportunity.

Besides the comradery and new friendships he’s gained over the years by attending the activities, Brett said it was a great way to visit the region.

“I’ve moved around a few suburbs in the region over the years – I really love it – the people and all the places.”

Since joining CentacareCQ’s Social Groups, Brett has enjoyed a range of activities from arts and crafts, picnic lunches and extraordinary outings to some of the region’s most popular attractions.

“I love it! Every day, I just love it,” he said.

“It’s great catching up with everyone, but in particular my close friends – Eric and Jon who are always up for fun.”

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our picnic lunches and catching up with my friends – I really like talking to everyone.

He said he had also been getting a lot of joy out of the arts and crafts days with the help of CentacareCQ staff.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the CentacareCQ guys on making a waterfall in crafts of late, but now we are working on building little houses – it’s loads of fun.”

“I encourage anyone who’s been thinking of joining Social Groups to jump on board.

“It’s a great way to meet new people, get out and about and do something that you wouldn’t otherwise normally do.”

Join the Social Group Adventure

CentacareCQ offers a range of enjoyable and interesting social group activities throughout the Rockhampton Diocese (including Rockhampton, Mackay and Bundaberg) for members of the community, tailored for all funded and non-funded clients including Home Care Package clients and NDIS clients.

ALL ABOARD: Rockhampton Social Group clients enjoying a relaxing cruise along the mighty Fitzroy River.

From river cruises and mystery tours, to music sessions and movie dates, there’s something for everyone to have some fun and make new friends.

CentacareCQ Northern Region Health & Wellbeing Manager Flavia Prospero said the social group activities held great benefits for the clients who attended.

“Our activities aim to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of our clients and improve their connections with other community members. We get to know how they laugh, how they talk, how they enjoy their coffee – we build a strong rapport and learn more about their likes and dislikes, wants and needs,” she said.

OUT AND ABOUT: Mackay Social Group clients (from left) Carmel Ellis, Shirley Jensen, Nancy Franettovich and Betty Elmore enjoy a lovely morning outing at the Botanic Gardens.

Transport options available

CentacareCQ’s diverse fleet of vehicles, including buses, means that you can get to and from all of our Social Group Activities safely and comfortably.

Our transport service includes wheelchair lifts and other features to ensure your journey is safe and enjoyable.

Transport service fees will vary depending on your eligibility for funded services.

To take advantage of CentacareCQ’s Social Group Activities, phone 1300 523 985.

CentacareCQ: Committed to supporting our diverse communities

Australia is a country with a rich abundance of different cultures and languages. CentacareCQ is expanding our ability to tailor activities for clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and we really want community input!

We are looking to work directly with members and organisations of our community to understand, define and develop activities that are respectful, better representative and tailored to our CALD clients!

Interested in assisting? For more details or to arrange a meeting please call 1300 523 985 to speak our team in your regional area:

CentacareCQ has been a leading social, clinical and community services provider in the Central Queensland region since 1974. More information about the organisation can be found on their website: