Seniors

Positive ageing is all about planning for what you want. Planning for housing, health and services and most importantly planning for how to remain connected to our community. In the City of Canada Bay more than 19 per cent of the population is over 60, and as with the rest of Australia, this is set to grow.

Here you will find information about local services and events for seniors in the area. 

NSW Seniors Festival 2021

NSW Seniors Festival 2021 – Tuesday, 13 April to Saturday, 24 April

NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the southern hemisphere, providing hundreds of activities and events each year.

For more information about NSW Seniors Festival 2021 visit the NSW Seniors Festival website or their Facebook page.

To find out what's happening in the City of Canada Bay check out the NSW Seniors Festival Calendar 2021.

National Seniors Australia

National Seniors Australia is embarking on a digital mentor program training volunteers around the country to give them the confidence to help others with technology. Digital Mentoring: Helping your community Be Connected is a federally funded project aimed at helping every Australian acquire the skills to get online.

Visit National Seniors Australia to see dates and times available if you are interested. This is a free event.

Positive Ageing Strategy

We have all heard about Australia's ageing population. It is good news! As a community, we are healthier and more active than any generation that has gone before us so we are living longer. At the same time, our birth rate is falling and we also have the baby boomer generation moving through to older age groups.

Currently in NSW about 13 per cent of the population is over 65. The Australian Bureau of Statistics predicts that this will increase to 19 per cent by 2021 and almost 27 per cent by 2051. 

The City of Canada Bay has developed a Positive Ageing Strategy after a comprehensive consultation period. This consultation involved service providers and recipients, carers, community groups and residents. 

It is recognised that the consequences of the demographic change will be far reaching. Councils need to plan and advocate for different needs in areas such as housing, service provision and transport. Council's role is to protect public health by planning for a safe and healthy urban environment. This includes:

  • A role as regulator for health protection
  • Providing health promotion and prevention programs through community education focusing on key health issues
  • Providing an environment that facilitates physical activity ensuring access to affordable, healthy food
  • Providing good mobility and preventing injury in public places through urban planning. 

Council will now be working to meet the objectives of the Positive Ageing Strategy.

Meals on Wheels

Concord-Drummoyne Community Food Services

A service that provides home delivered meals to frail aged and disabled people and their carers.

For further information about the Concord-Drummoyne Community Food Services please call 9747 1135 Monday-Friday from 9am–2pm or email on confood@bigpond.com.

Active Adults (day trips for over 55s)

If you are young at heart, active, mobile, over 55 years of age and live in the City of Canada Bay come and join the Active Adults group! 

Council provides full day bus outings to exciting locations around the Sydney metropolitan area and beyond. Trips previously provided include Berry, Wollongong and the Central Coast. 

Active Adults bus trips are designed for people who: 

  • Live in the City of Canada Bay local government area and are over 55 years of age
  • Are active and able to walk moderate distances
  • Do not require assistance getting on and off the bus
  • Can provide their own transport to the bus pick up locations. 

Trips operate twice a month on Thursdays and are COVID safe.

Participants in programs are subject to eligibility criteria and the availability of places on scheduled trips. 

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More information

For more information please contact Council's Community services team on 9121 0005 or email to council@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

Bay Connection (bus trips for over 55s)

Explore your community and meet new people!

The City of Canada Bay offers a program of bus trips for people over 55 years of age who live in the local government area. The aim of the program is to improve social connection and cohesion among older people within the community and contribute to their overall health and wellbeing. Currently the program has over 60 participants from the City of Canada Bay area.

Bay Connection bus trips are designed for people who:

  • Live at home and would like to get out of the house
  • Enjoy the company of others
  • Find it difficult to attend social events or outings due to limited mobility
  • Would like to travel to a variety of interesting destinations. 

The trips operate on Tuesdays and Fridays every alternate week and are COVID safe. 

Participants must meet eligibility criteria. The service is not available to nursing home residents.   

More information

For more information please contact Council's Community Services team on 9121 0005 or email council@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.  

Sponsorship

Seniors Bus Trips Program

We have two bus trip programs dedicated to seniors. Active Adults is targeted at young at heart, active, mobile adults over 55 years of age and Bay Connection is for seniors who live at home and would like to get out and about but may require some assistance with mobility. Both programs offer our senior community opportunities to explore the local area as well as the Sydney metropolitan area while meeting new people.

Build your brand awareness and invest in your community! We are currently approaching businesses to support these local seniors bus trips. Participation will assist in the long term sustainability of the programs while allowing businesses to raise their profile through product and service promotion.

Refer to our Seniors Bus Trips Program Invitation to Sponsor Guidelines, contact our Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator 9911 6555 or email: sponsorships@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

BayRider: shuttle bus service

The BayRider operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is a bus shuttle service for those experiencing transport difficulties. 

The BayRider is able to collect passengers from their home and take them to places such as: 

  • Five Dock and Concord libraries
  • Concord Hospital
  • Five Dock and Concord shopping centres
  • Rhodes shopping centre for the movies or shopping
  • A nursing home to visit a spouse or a friend
  • Five Dock Leisure Centre
  • Burwood medical appointments (Wednesdays only). 

Please check with us about other possible locations that we may be able to assist with. 

Bookings

Bookings are essential and must be made on the Tuesday of the week of travel between 9am and 12pm. A gold coin donation is requested for each trip. 

The BayRider is an innovative project run jointly by the Drummoyne Community Centre and the City of Canada Bay. To make a booking, or for more information please contact the Drummoyne Community Centre on 9719 8102.

Drummoyne Community Centre

Drummoyne Community Centre is a non-profit, non-government organisation that serves the City of Canada Bay. It acts as a focal point for the whole community to enhance their quality of life. It is an evolving, dynamic organisation that aims to nurture, develop, extend and respond to local needs and issues in a beneficial and enabling way. 

Programs are conducted at the Cometrowe Street facility in Drummoyne and at various other sites within the City of Canada Bay. Many programs are open to all members of the community, however, some focus on people with particular needs e.g. children, parents or older residents. 

Location and contact details:

10 Cometrowe Street, Drummoyne (off Lyons Road) NSW 2047
Phone:  9719 8102
Fax:  9819 6116
Email: info@dcc.org.au
Website: Drummoyne Community Centre

Senior Citizens Centres

Concord Senior Citizens Centre

Concord Senior Citizens Centre caters for a wide range of people. The centre has a warm and friendly environment and runs a regular program of activities. The Concord Senior Citizens Club is the principal tenant within the Concord Senior Citizens Centre and their administration office for their club is based at the centre. The City of Canada Bay Museum is located at the base of the building providing local historical information. The centre is accessible for those with disabilities and provides amenities for their use. Disabled parking is also available. 

Location

Corner of Bent and Wellbank Streets, Concord NSW

Hire of the centre

Concord Senior Citizens Centre is also available to hire for events or regular groups. For more information on function rooms, capacities, hire application procedures and forms refer to Concord Senior Citizens Centre facility page.

For more information or to make a booking at the centre contact Council on 9911 6555 or email council@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

Concord Senior Citizens Club

Concord Senior Citizens Club runs from the Concord Senior Citizens Centre. The club offers a number of activities including: 

  • Handicrafts group making rugs, toys and beanies for children’s hospital and other worthy groups
  • Quilting groups
  • Ballet and tap dancing for seniors 
  • Table tennis 
  • Gentle aerobics and/or toning and conditioning with an accredited trainer
  • Art groups 
  • Yoga with an accredited trainer

Contact the Concord Senior Citizens Club for more information and to make bookings on 9743 5793. An activity sheet with days and times are also available in the holder on the inside of the front door.

Other groups

A number of other groups regularly hire the centre. These include:

  • Choirs
  • Gardening groups
  • Italian bingo group
  • Men's exercise group
  • Craft groups. 

For further information about these groups, or to book the centre for your own community group, please call Council on 9911 6555. 

Drummoyne Municipality Senior Citizens Club

Address: 422 Lyons Road, Five Dock NSW
Phone: 0418 463 870

The club hosts Thursday luncheons and regular monthly outings.

For all enquiries regarding the Drummoyne Senior Citizens Club, please call 0418 463 870.

Accessible transport

Below are some accessible transport services available to the City of Canada Bay and Inner West community:

  • Access Sydney: is a community based organisation dedicated to providing transport options for people who are transport disadvantaged.
  • Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation: established to help people of all ages, physically handicapped, disadvantaged and struggling financially to be mobile and to assist with transport to and from the hospital and other medical appointments. Also provision of mobility scooters and other transport related products/subsidies. 
  • Volunteer Associates & of St Ambrose (VASA): VASA maintain contact with the elderly by organising monthly morning tea outings, assisting with shopping on a fortnightly basis using the Council's community bus, and provide transport where necessary for appointments.  
  • BayRider: a City of Canada Bay bus shuttle service for those experiencing transport difficulties. Call 9911 6555 for more information.
Other services and information for seniors in the City of Canada Bay
  • Concord and Five Dock Libraries: the local libraries offer a range of services for seniors including book clubs and home library services.
  • seniors.gov.au: the Australian Government's online source for all Australians over 50.
  • seniorliving.org: visit this website for information about common scams that target the eldery.