Activities for Seniors
Council offer a number of activities for Seniors living in the Inner West Council area. These activities provide opportunities to keep well, get creative and connect with other like minded people living near you.
Exercise and Well Being
Art and Creativity
Ashfield Seniors Bus Outings
Mental Health Month Events
Event – Inner West Council in partnership with Sydney Local Health District.
Connecting with others is important for our health and survival.
Research tells us that feeling connected, valued and loved by others gives us a sense of security, support, purpose and happiness. Close connections and good relationships with others allow us to enjoy the good times in our lives and helps us deal with the hard experiences we face. This is important for all of us! Unfortunately in today’s society, we have many demands on our attention and time, and more people experience loneliness in Australia than ever before. For those experiencing or living with mental illness, loneliness can be far worse as individuals can face social exclusion, stigma and discrimination. As social beings, this can affect all aspects of our wellbeing. This year we will be putting together an event for mental health month.
Where: The Ashfield Town Hall – The Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield, NSW 2131
Date: Friday 20th October, 2017.
Time: 10am – 2pm.
Contact Dane for more information on: 0491220384
Disability access is available.
The theme this year is Share the Journey.
Coming up in the Community
Family Carer Education 3 Day Carer Program delivered by Alzheimer's Australia free of charge
Fridays 10, 17 & 2410am - 2.30pm
Ethnic Community Services Cooperative
Building 3 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
If respite is needed call 1800 059 059
To register cpntact STARS on 9750 9344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Multicultural Dementia Forums delivered by Alzheimer's Australia and expo at Ashfield Civic Centre.
The sessions were very successful and if you wish to gain access to the videos you can access the Alzheimers Australia video library here
Fitter and Stronger
Saturdays 9.15am -10.15am
Classes include a warm-up, aerobics, strength exercises, a cool-down and relaxation.
Gentle exercise classes
Mondays 9.30-10.30 Hannaford Centre, Rozelle $7.50 9810 2536
Monday 11.30-12.30pm and Wednesday 11-12pm Marrickville Town Hall, 9562 0511
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 11am – 12.30pm, Tom Foster Community Centre, Newtown, 9335 2153, $6.50 includes transport and lunch.
Friday 9-10am Annandale Community Centre 9660 2828
Tom Foster Community Centre 11-13 Darley Street Newtown
3rd Wednesday of the month
Bookings: 9335 2187
Weekly tai chi classes across the area.
No bookings are required for the free outdoor classes. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Take water and a hat. Some of the classes are held outdoors, and some of the classes do not occur during school holidays- please check with the instructor.
- Mondays 9am-10am Kendrick Park, Tempe
- Tuesday 11.45-12.45 Annandale Community Centre $9 9533 4422
- Thursday 9.30-10.30 Hannaford Community Centre $10
Class currently full contact Hannaford Centre re waitlist 9810 2536
- Wednesday 10am-11am Ashfield Park, Ashfield
- Friday 10-11am Exodus Foundation 180 Liverpool Road Ashfield
- Fridays 9am-10am Moreton Park, Lewisham
- Saturdays 9am- 10am Enmore Park, Enmore
- Tuesday 8am Enmore Energisers 0415 650 057
- Wednesday 9am Annandale Community Centre 0401 007 705
- Wednesday 9.30am Cooks River 9562 0548
- Thursday 8am - 1pm Portuguese Seniors, Seaview Street Hall, Dulwich Hill
- Thursday 8.30 Marrickville Meanderers 9558 1181
- Thursday 10.30am Dulwich Hill Ramblers 9335 2191
- Ashfield Walking for Pleasure Club
Fortnightly walks 131302 or 02 9006 3700
- Tuesdays 8.45-10am Hannaford Centre $7.50 9810 2536
- Wednesdays 8.30-10.00am Hannaford Centre $7.50 9810 2536
- Wednesday 9.30-10.30am Ashfield Service Centre Cost $3 passes purchased from Customer Service Centre Ashfield
- Wednesday 11-12.00 Ashfield Service Centre Cost $3 passes purchased from Customer Service Centre Ashfield
- First Wednesday of the month 11am -12pm. Tom Foster Community Centre, Newtown 9335 2153 $6.50, includes transport and lunch.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.30am-12.30pm, Yoga To Go, 106-108 Crystal St, Petersham. Cost $7. Phone 9569 0870
Every 2nd Monday of the month at 1.15pm at Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road, Marrickville. Free. Phone 9335 2191
Swimming and aquatic centre programs
Aquatic Centre Seniors’ Programs
- Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) -
Visit the LPAC website or call 9555 8344
- Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre, Enmore - Visit the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre website or call 9565 1906
Ashfield Aquatic Centre -
Visit the Ashfield Aquatic Centre website or call 9797 8420
Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre - Visit the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre or call 9550 9145
For more information here is a link to the aquatic centres
Creativity and Wellbeing
Haberfield Community Singers Inc.
are mainly seniors; men and women who enjoy singing, socialising, having fun and sharing their joy with other seniors in the Inner West.
Wednesday during School Terms at the Mervyn Fletcher Hall, Haberfield at 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Further information is available from Haberfield Library 9716 1000 or call Rosemary or Cliff on 9798 5629 mobile: 0408 600 469.
Thursdays free creative wellbeing workshops.
Annandale Community Centre
79 Johnston Street, Annandale 9392 5043
Singing for all - no experience or skill required!
Shared food preparation - Get together to cook and eat.
Ingredient costs shared.
Salsa 4 Seniors
Learn the salsa and enjoy afternoon tea. Recommencing October 25 at Petersham Town Hall on Wednesdays 2.30 pm 4.30pm.
To register interest for any future terms please call on 9335 2143 or email Sophie.email@example.com
Dance Movement Class for People with Dementia and their Carers
To register interest for future programming call on 9335 2108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to line dance, no partners required. It's dancing side by side and lots of fun
10.30 - 11.30 am on Fridays at Marrickville Town Hall. Recommences August 11 and on going until December 22. Some classes limited during October due to school holidays.
To book please call Sophie on 9335 2143 or email email@example.com.
- Tuesdays 11am-2.30 PCYC Marrickville 9559 7722
- Wednesdays 1.00pm to 3pm Hannaford Centre Rozelle 9810 2536
- Wednesdays 1.30pm to 4pm Ashfield Service Centre 9392 5819
- Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30, Thursday Haberfield Centre 9392 5819
- Thursdays 11am-2.30 PCYC Marrickville 9559 7722
Fridays, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Each term is ten weeks: Term 2 commencing Friday 28 April 2017, Term 3 commencing 17 July 2017, Term 4 commencing 9 October 2017.
Activity Room Civic Centre 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield bookings essential 9392 5819
Creative Craft Groups
At the Marrickville library. Visit the Marrickville Library website.
Knitting and Crochet Social Group Friday at Ashfield Service Centre. 11am-1pm.
The Balmain Library Knitters
10am - 12 noon on the first and third Friday of each month - 9367 9211
Two sessions to choose from, every second Monday of each month 1pm - 3pm and 3.30pm - 5.30pm - 9335 2108
Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road, Marrickville
Annandale Craft Group
Fridays 11am – 2pm Annandale Community Centre - 9660 2828
English Conversation Program
In partnership with Metro Assist, Inner West Council provides a FREE English class in Ashfield every Friday from 10am-12pm during school terms. The English Conversation Program supports community members who are socially isolated and disadvantaged due to their limited English. The program increases students’ knowledge of English and builds social capital and inclusion by creating opportunities for students to make friends and develop community networks.
For more information please ring Council on 9392 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is funded with generous support from Wests Ashfield Leagues. More information here (PDF 166.4KB)
Third Wednesday of the month 11am-12pm at Tom Foster Community Centre, Newtown, 9335 2153 $6.50 includes transport and lunch
Free program! Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm on the following dates at Annandale Community Centre Back Hall, 79 Johnston Street Annandale
(call 9392 5043 for more information)
- 4 October
- 1 November
- 15 November
Backgammon, scrabble club, chess,cryptic crossword and mahjong at various times in the week.
Marrickville library 9335 2173
Commencing shortly in Ashfield in partnership with a local high school.
Please register your interest with Julia 9392 5819 or email email@example.com
Students provide one-on-one computer tuition over a six-week course to seniors. Various schools in Marrickville and Tempe on a term basis. To register and find out dates and location 9335 2143
Computer Support activities at Marrickville library has a range of– link to website: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/library/events-at-the-library/regular-activities/craft-clubs/
Get connected - Introductory computer classes
Balmain Library 9367 9211
Leichhardt on 9367 9266
Get Smart Groups
Fortnightly informal group to ask questions and learn new things about your smart phone or tablet
Balmain Library 9367 9211
Leichhardt on 9367 9266
Hannaford Centre Computer Club
Mondays – Fridays 10am-noon - 9810 2536
Free Bus Outings for active senior residents who live in the Ashfield area. All of the outings are on a Wednesday and bookings are essential. There is walking involved in all bus outings. Bookings are now available through Access Community transport on 02 8241 8000. Carers can attend if there is spaces available.
2017 Bus Outings are booked out you can still put your name on a waiting list.
If you have questions, other than to book please phone Julia on 9392 5819
Songs from Next Door Choir is a seniors' group that meets in Dulwich Hill
Meets every Tuesday from 12.30 pm – 3.30pm Seaview Hall, Dulwich Hill. Gold Coin donation. Call Sophie on 9335 2143
HOPE Luncheons 3rd Wednesday of the month at local restaurants12pm $25 9392 5043
Marrickville feastings meets monthly at local Marrickville restaurants Bookings 95571098
DeCafé, Georgia’s Kitchen for people with dementia and their carers.
2nd Thursday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon. 527 Illawarra Road, Marrickville Call for more information 9335 2057 Gold Coin donation
Leichhardt D’Café, for people with dementia and their carers
Café Gioia, 4th Tuesday of the month 10.30am – 12 noon.
126A Norton Street, Leichhardt 9392 5043.
The Not So Young Club meets monthly a presentation is given on a topic of interest to seniors, followed by a light lunch together
4th Wednesday of the month, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Hannaford Centre, 608 Darling Street Rozelle 9392 5043.
The Marrickville Movie Club is at Marrickville Library
Saturday movie matinee
Second Saturday of the month (except September 3rd Saturday) at Marrickville Town Hall meeting room 2.15pm-4pm. No bookings required.
Last Friday of each month at Marrickville Town Hall meeting room 10.15am-12.30pm. No bookings required.
International film club
First Tuesday of each month at Marrickville Town Hall meeting room 10am-1pm. No bookings required.
There are also a range of book clubs
St Peters Gathering meets the first Wednesday of the month 10am – 1pm, St Peters Town Hall 9558 7504
Haberfield Men’s Shed
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-12pm
Mary MacKillop Outreach centre at 1-5 Rogers Avenue Haberfield 8752 2500.
Leichhardt Community Men’s Shed
Tuesdays from 9.30am
Blackmore Oval, Canal Road, Leichhardt 0455 088 943
Inner West Women's Shed
Wednesdays from 12 noon to 3pm
Shed HQ, Seaview Street Hall, 14 Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill (next to the library)
Marrickville Mens Shed
Meet at the Bower, 142 Addison Road every Thursday from 10am - 2pm.
Phone The Bower on 9568 6280