Seniors

Overview

The Town of Victoria Park is committed to creating a healthy community that is strong, inclusive, resilient and sustainable by connecting people, enhancing cultural activity and giving everyone the opportunity to reach their potential.

A healthy community is not a perfect place; it is in a dynamic state of renewal and improvement therefore the Town engages and consults with community to work towards its vision of a Vibrant Lifestyle.

Creating a supportive and inclusive community for all ages is integral to the well-being and vitality of our community.

Strategies and projects to deliver this vision include the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, currently being reviewed, and the developing Community Development Strategy, Social Infrastructure Plan, Public Health Plan and the Safer Neighbourhoods Plan.  Community members can contribute to the various plans or just have their say on the Town's Your Thoughts consultation hub.

The Town consults with community and different sectors to inform its strategies and plans and has held various events such as the ‘High Tea Project’ to both celebrate senior members of our community and to learn about their experiences and expectations to live a vibrant life in the park.

The Town collaborates with government, community groups and service providers to deliver leisure, recreation, safety, health and educational programs inclusive to seniors.

The Active Life Program includes the Living Stronger Living Longer Program, a strength building program for over 50s. The Active Life e-newsletter provides regular information on programs and activities offered by the Town. 

The Victoria Park Digital Hub provides free computer courses and online training for the local community, not-for-profit organisations and businesses. Residents can participate in friendly, interactive one on one training sessions to learn how to access and explore the online world.

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts provides workshops, day, evening and short courses in arts, crafts and more for adults, youth and children as well as free adult english classes. The Library offers a house- bound delivery service, large print, audio and electronic collection and e-readers.  The Town also offers entry concessions to Leisurelife and Aqualife Centres as well as many targeted fitness and swimming programs specific to seniors. The Town has also developed an Accessible Parking Guide for people who require ACROD parking.

The Town also provides services and concessions for older people who may require assistance in residential life such as rubbish removal and collection as listed in the Guide to Services for People with Disability and the Security Incentive Scheme program which offers rebates to assist residents improve the level of security within their home and vehicle through the installation of approved security devices. Rebates up to the value of $200 (or $250 for approved concession card holders) are available for home intruder alarms, door deadlocks, keyed window locks, security sensor lights, security screened doors, security window screens, vehicle security devices and vehicle immobilisers.

For further details on any of the information provided please refer to links listed in the Related Information section at the bottom of this page.

Seniors centres

Refer to links in the Related Information section for further details on each.

Connect Victoria Park is the new name for The Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association or The Homestead, a well-established community organisation in Mackie Street, Victoria Park that provides opportunities for social connection for older people living in the local area and access to affordable housing.  Other services offered are podiatry, hairdressing hearing testing and volunteer tax help.  Activities include Carpet bowls, draft, bingo, coach trips, luncheons, musical concerts.  Community groups using the facility currently include Leonard Old Time Dancing, Country Women’s Association, Toastmasters and Victoria Park Community Yoga. 

Harold Hawthorne Community Centre have been helping people stay active and independent in the community since 1968 and offers accommodation and support to stay in your own home. It offers a Community Centre, Over 55's Village, Home and Community Care, Employment and Volunteering.  The community centre has a diner, podiatry service and provides opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a wide range of activities, like indoor bowls, bingo, games, craft, internet classes, movies and social outings.

East Victoria Park Family and Community Centre is a not for profit community facility that offers a mix of programs and services that are inclusive and diverse.  Activities include playgroups, seniors groups, religious and music groups, self-help and educational programs delivered by a range of community groups

Peak government and community organisations

Refer to links in the Related Information section for further details on each.

Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) plays a leading role in encouraging a coordinated response to the implementation of the state government's policy priorities for seniors.  DLGC's vision is a state where all West Australians can age well in communities where they matter, belong and contribute. The department undertakes the following activities to help community and business partners achieve this vision.

  • An age-friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017
  • Seniors' Housing Centre
  • WA Seniors Awards
  • Seniors Week
  • SilverSport program – In partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation this funding program for seniors is currently being trialled in the Cities of Belmont, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kwinana, Albany, Bunbury and Shires of Northam and Coolgardie.

 

The Department of Sport and Recreation supports the development of a sustainable and diverse sport and recreation industry in WA.  Being active in your older years can have great health benefits. It helps maintain friendships and means you're an active and connected part of the community.  The Department has an extensive list of WA Clubs that can be accessed through the club search data base that is accessed via the website.  The Department has recently launched SilverSport, a project supporting seniors aged 60 years and over to participate in sport and active recreation. 

Council for The Aged WA (COTA WA) works towards an equitable, just and inclusive society in which older people can flourish.  The Council crystallised the founding principal of valuing the contribution and lived experience of older people and the advance the rights, needs and interests of older Western Australians. 

WA Seniors Card program is for people aged 61 years or above, a permanent resident of Western Australia and work less than 25 hours per week, averaged over a 12 month period.  A full set of terms and conditions apply to obtaining a WA Seniors Card

COTA WA is involved in the senior’s housing strategy and has been instrumental in the formation of many incorporated bodies dealing with health, wellbeing and housing such as Residential Aged Care Association, WA Carers Association, Seniors Week and WA community home care services group.  COTA WA currently run programmes in the areas of ◾Crime prevention and seniors safety, Consumer directed Care peer education, Seniors week awards and grants, ◾Active ageing incorporating Living Longer Living stronger and computer classes.

Seniors Recreation Council WA's aim is to support the establishment of new groups wishing to provide active recreation for the over 50s and provide advice to the community where required.  The council continues to develop and implement a number of innovative programs to foster the participation of people over 50 in sport and physical and mental activity through a range of initiatives such as Have a Go Days, country forums and seminars, LiveLighter Aged Care Games, Add Life to Your Years Directory, Branch Network, new club development, volunteer education, LiveLighter seniors activity/information days, exergaming and tech savvy seniors have made a difference to the lives, lifestyle and wellbeing of persons over 50 in WA.

The Senior (newspaper) delivers news and views to Australia’s rapidly-growing senior population through the six state newspapers – The Senior NSW/ACT, The Senior Victoria, The Senior Queensland, The Senior Western Australia, The Senior South Australia and The Senior Tasmania – we keep mature Australians informed about the issues that matter to them.

Health support services

SilverChain WA provides a range of in-home health and care services designed to help people or someone close to them, stay healthy safe and independent at home.  The services include specialist health services, personal care and wellbeing, continence management and advisory, home care, community and companionship, home and garden, palliative, assessment, home hospital, support for family and carers, falls prevention and safety as well as country services.

Western Australian Home and Community Care Program is a joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and WA State Governments which provides basic support services for eligible people of all ages with a disability and their carers to assist them to continue living independently at home including support:

  • to participate in social activity in a group or one-on-one
  • with everyday household tasks
  • to enhance nutrition, function, strength, independence and safety
  • to support independence in personal care activities such as showering and dressing
  • to keep up with essential activities such as shopping, banking and maintaining social contacts

Independent Living Centre WA provides information, advice, support and training about suitable assistive technology and equipment, funding options, assessment and referral pathways, linking to community services, respite options and culturally appropriate care.

Meals on Wheels represents helping hands, teamwork and looking out for each other and is all about people in the community joining forces to help others.  While age and disability may reduce some people's capacity to get out and about, Meals on Wheels helps make it possible for them to stay in their homes, where most are happiest, allowing them to maintain ongoing independence, health and well-being.  The delivery of nutritious and affordable meals, together with regular contact and social interaction contributes significantly towards the clients’ wellbeing and independence. The majority of clients are aged between 50 years to 90 plus, however meals on wheels also provides to younger people with disability.  The service is delivered by volunteers so it is also an opportunity to give to your community if you are able to.

MS WA specialises in supporting people living with neurological conditions that include MS (Multiple Sclerosis), stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, acquired brain injury, and Motor Neurone Disease.  MS WA services include clinical, residential respite, high support accommodation, education and information, peer support, support workers and in home care, social welfare assistance and NDIS support.

Leisure and recreation organisations

Country Women’s Association of WA aims to improve the wellbeing of all people, especially those in country areas by promoting courtesy, cooperation, community effort, ethical standards and the wise use of resources.  There are CWA branches located throughout both the regional and residential areas including in Victoria Park. 

Western Australian Men’s Shed Association (WAMSA) recognises a men’s shed as any community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation that is accessible to all men and whose primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men.  A major objective is to advance the health and wellbeing of their male members and to encourage social inclusion.  Current activities include providing a conduit for enquires and referrals to sheds, creating the WA Men’s Shed newsletter (The Warbler).  A list of locations of Men’s Sheds is available on their website. See below.

Volunteering WA makes a difference by connecting thousands of volunteers to many community organisations. It aims to build strong communities through volunteering and provide a range of resources, services and support so that people in Western Australia are aware of, and understand, the nature and scope of volunteer activity.  It links organisations and potential volunteers.