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Seniors

Positive ageing is about living a full, healthy, active and positive life as you get older. This may include staying independent, maintaining your health, planning for housing and most importantly, staying connected to your community.

In the City of Canada Bay more than 19 per cent of the population is over 60 years old, and as with the rest of Australia, this number is set to grow.

Here you will find information about local services, community groups and events for seniors in the area. You will also find relevant directories and links to resources designed for older people.

Senior Bus Trips "Active Adults" (for over 55s who can walk moderate distances with no support)

The City of Canada Bay provides full-day bus outings to exciting locations around the Sydney metropolitan area and beyond. 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 transport to the bus pick-up locations. 

Trips operate on Mondays and Thursdays. Get in touch to know more about the dates and destinations.

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

The first step to join this service is to complete the "Application form" and "Trip Preference form" and send them to us.

The forms are available for download below; please send them both.

Active Adults Application Form

Active Adults Trip Preference Form - Feb to June 2024 

 

* The Active Adults Program 2 (July to December 2024) has been mailed to the participants who are already part of the program. If you haven't received it, please get in touch with us. 

 

For more information, please contact us on via phone or email:

  • 9911 6587 to speak to Lorna Jarvis, Bus Coordinator (please leave a voice message if she is unavailable).
  • 9911 6555 to speak to Council's Customer Service Team, who can direct you to an available staff member.

If you prefer, you can send an email to ccbcbustrips@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

Check out the Active Adults Program from April to June 2024 below.

Date Destination
8 April Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Cronulla Ferry & Bundeena
18 April Anzac Memorial, Chinatown & Museum of Sydney
6 May Megalong Valley
16 May Nepean Belle 1.5-hour cruise, Warragamba Workers & Warragamba Information Centre
27 May Bilpin & Richmond Club
13 Jun Distillery Botanica & Terrigal
17 Jun Berry
24 Jun Berry


Please note, trips may be subject to change or cancellation.

Senior Bus Trips "Bay Connection" (for over 55s who can walk short distances and need some support)

The City of Canada Bay runs Bay Connection bus outings for seniors who want to get out and about exploring the Sydney metropolitan area. Bay Connection 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 but prefer to walk short distances.
  • Do require assistance getting on and off the bus (we provide light support to the participants during the Bay Connection outgoings).
  • We pick you up from your residence. 

The trips operate on Tuesdays and Fridays. Get in touch to know more about the dates and destinations.

Participants must meet eligibility criteria. Light support is provided to all participants during the outings but we don't have the capacity to provide 1:1 support for the participants. Please note, the service is not available to nursing home residents.

The first step to join this service is to complete and send us your application form. 

Application form available for download below:

For more information, please contact us on via phone or email:

  • 9911 6587 to speak to Lorna Jarvis, Bus Coordinator (please leave a voice message if she is unavailable).
  • 9911 6555 to speak to Council's Customer Service Team, who can direct you to an available staff member.

If you prefer, you can send an email to ccbcbustrips@canadabay.nsw.gov.au

 

Check out the destinations of the Bay Connection from April to July (in alphabetical order)

  • Chinese Buddhist Temple & Cabra Vale Diggers                           
  • Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Tradies Gymea
  • Metro Northwest & The Fiddler
  • Museum of Contemporary Art & Ryde-Eastwood Club (Friday's group only)
  • Pie in the Sky, Mount White & Brooklyn 
  • West Head Scenic Drive & North Ryde RSL 
  • Western Sydney Airport Experience Centre & Warragamba Workers (Tuesday's group only)
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.

NSW Seniors Festival 2024

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Seniors Festival 2024! We'll update this page when the festival program is ready for 2025.

In the meantime, visit our What's On page here to check what other regular events are happening for our senior residents in the City of Canada Bay. For other enquiries contact Mary on 9121 0039 or email mary.ciantar@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

For more information about the NSW Seniors Festival, visit the website.

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. 

Currently in NSW about 13 per cent of the population is over 65. The Australian Bureau of Statistics predicts that this will increase to 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

Inner West Meals on Wheels, Concord 

A service that provides home delivered meals to the frail and aged members of the community.

For further information about the Inner West Meals on Wheels please call 9747 1135 Monday-Friday from 9am–2pm or email on delivery@bcw.org.au 

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. 

Tea and Chat program

Topic: SCAMs presented by Services Australia and the ACCC

When:  30 May,2024

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Bookings essential using the phone and email contact details below.

 

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 0401887192 or email barryjford@yahoo.com.au. 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: 0414 512 361

The club hosts Thursday luncheons and regular monthly outings.

For all enquiries regarding the Drummoyne Senior Citizens Club, please call 0414 512 361.

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.

BayRider: a City of Canada Bay & Drummoyne Community Centre bus shuttle service for those experiencing transport difficulties. Call 9911 6555 for more information.

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. 

Volunteers At St Ambrose (VASA) maintain contact with the elderly in our community by organising monthly morning tea gatherings, assisting with shopping on a fortnightly basis using the Council's community bus, and providing transport where needed for local appointments. Call 97363686 or 87651295 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: this website is the Australian Government's online source for all Australians over 50.
  • Seniorliving.org: visit this website for information about common scams that target the elderly. 
  • Community Circles Australia: this organisation helps provide a support network for vulnerable people in the community. Circles bring together family, friends and volunteers in an organised way to help a person live a better, more connected life. They can be for anyone who needs a bit of extra help and connection including carers, older people, young people, people living with disability or mental health challenges, and even whole families. They are created with the support of a Facilitator and the Community Circles App, which records what’s important to the person, what role everyone plays, what’s coming up and how things are going. Roles played by Circle Members vary and can be anything from helping with the shopping, cooking a meal, dropping in for a friendly chat, or even taking the person out for some fun! Read more or visit the website: communitycirclesaustralia.com.au.
Let’s Talk Support and Mediation service

Let’s Talk Support and Mediation service run by Relationships Australia assists older people and their families resolve or prevent interpersonal differences and disagreements.

The service is designed for individuals and their families to address age-related issues and to support them to have mediated conversations about important things affecting them.

Visit their website for more information or call them on 1300 364 277.

National Seniors Australia

National Seniors Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that gives older Australians – working and retired – a strong national voice.

Visit their website for more information or call them on 1300 76 50 50.

Concord Hospital Equipment Lending Pool

Hospital equipment is loaned on a short-term basis to enable patients who live within the Concord hospital catchment area to be as independent as possible. A partial refundable deposit will be levied. No deposit is required for pensioners, those receiving DVA allowances and palliative patients. All equipment under $50.00 will be sold rather than loaned.

Please note that a referral from a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist is needed to access the Lending Pool.

For more information, call (02) 9767 7919