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Stay well and stay connected

COVID-19 has presented our community with many unexpected challenges. We want you to know you are not in this alone and we encourage you to reach out and seek the help you or the people you care about need.

We have put together a list of phone numbers and resources we hope will support you. We are all in this together.

Please note to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the interest of community health and well-being, the following services may not be operating at full capacity. Please follow the links to individual websites for updates.

A large proportion of our local population is aged 55 years and over. Whether it’s an exercise group or choir, computer class or discussion group, these older adults services and programs are tailored to help you keep enjoying a healthy, active and involved lifestyle, right into retirement and beyond.

Local services

  • Friendship Program
    Meet local people with similar interests for conversation and company.
  • Holdsworth Community Centre & Services
    Offer a broad range of useful support services and activities.
  • Holdsworth Home Cuisine
    Nutritious quality meals delivered, to enable people to live independently.
  • Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation
    Transport for the elderly and the disabled for vital medical appointments.
  • Benevolent Society - Home and Community Care in Eastern Sydney
    A range of support services, including in-home support, support for carers and respite.
  • Travel Training Service
    Holdsworth in conjunction with partner organisations is facilitating Travel Training services for South East Sydney
  • Woollahra Libraries
    Provide various activities and services, including a home library service, to help you continue to stay connected.
  • Holdsworth HomeShare
    Holdsworth HomeShare matches older people who are living alone in a comfortable home with a caring person who is happy to provide companionship in return for affordable accommodation
  • Next of Kin Register
    A NSW Police program where older people who live alone can register personal information so that in an emergency, police can contact their next of kin if needed, as well as having access to their nominated doctor, dentist, and any medical alerts.
  • Telecross
    A Red Cross service which provides a daily telephone call to check on an older person’s wellbeing.

Find more organisations, services and facilities in your area (including accommodation and respite care) with our Local Service Listings.

Activities in the local area

  • Healthy and Active for Life Online
    A free 10 week healthy lifestyle program for adults aged 60 years and over.
  • Exercise Classes
    Find gentle exercise classes in the local area.
  • Library Events
    The library holds a range of events suitable for seniors, such as Tea Topics, Author Talks and Local History events and workshops.
  • Men’s Chat
    The Men's Chat Group is a forum for men to get together and discus a topic every month, in a friendly and relaxed manner.
  • Over 50s Walking Groups
    Get active, meet new people and explore your local area.
  • Technology Workshops
    Woollahra Council offers a wide range of technology workshops for seniors.
  • University of the Third Age
    Sydney University of the Third Age (Sydney U3A) offers hundreds of intellectually stimulating courses throughout Sydney.
  • Volunteering opportunities
    Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, use your skills, connect with your local community and make a real difference.

Events for seniors

Planning for the future

Council has been supporting the direct service provision of ageing and disability services for many years, with the provision of community facilities, direct services and the allocation of grants and subsidies.

The Delivery Program and Operational Plan describes how Council will work with the community to achieve its goals. The Disability Inclusion Action Plan (PDF version, Word Version, Easy Read Version) and Social and Cultural Plan (PDF) identifies short and long term priorities for the Woollahra community including seniors and people with a disability.

Additional resources

  • Seniors Information Service
    A NSW Government service providing information on a range of topics including health, financial and legal matters.
  • My Aged Care
    Information on staying in your home, residential care and other health issues.
  • Active and Healthy
    Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent as we get older.
  • 2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary
    The Legal Topics for Older People diary provides information about seniors rights, consumer law, aged care, community phone numbers and a list of agencies and services for older people. You can pick up a copy from the Member for Vaucluse Office or order a copy online.
  • NSW Seniors Card
    A NSW Government program providing seniors with access to a range of discounts and concessions in businesses across NSW. The Seniors Card Discount Directory is a guide to the best Seniors Card offers and can be collected from the following locations:
    • Member for Vaucluse Office: 330 New South Head Road, Double Bay
    • Double Bay Post Office: 469 New South Head Road, Double Bay
    • Rose Bay North Post Office: 2/663 Old South Head Road, Rose Bay
    • Edgecliff Post Office: 2/203 New South Head Road, Edgecliff
    • Paddington Post Office: 246 Oxford Street, Paddington

Enquiries

For more information, please contact:

Community Development
Telephone: 9391 7191
Email: community@woollahra.nsw.gov.au