August 20, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
Every Thursday afternoon at the Arcare Peregian Springs, café, a handful of clients will gather to have a coffee chat with Ash, who works in the café.
They enjoy reminiscing, sharing stories, or just simply having a restful break while enjoying a coffee and talking about how their day has been.
They are all getting to know each other and sometimes they even find out what a small world it is after realising they have lived in the same area for years!
Sometimes, they also learn more about what they have in common, such as the same career or hobbies.
These coffee chats have created new friendships and strengthened old ones. Now, many of them even attend activities together and go on outings every week.
Of course, they also keep Ash busy on a Thursday afternoon from 2pm – 3pm.
Ash sits down to have a chat with them once he has made all their coffee orders.
As the clients listen on intently, Ash also shares what he has been doing for the week and how his family is going.
Everyone is the Ash’s friend as they all get along so well!
Clients and team members at Arcare Peregian Springs say he makes the best coffee. And we can’t agree more! It’s the friendships that warm their hearts.
The weekly coffee chats are such a simple yet great way of socialising and having a relaxing moment with friends. It definitely is something they look forward to every week!
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.