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Volunteering with your community is a great way to build longlasting friendships, grow your skills and engage in a range of wonderful programs. Irregardless of your skills and experience, there's always an opportunity to connect with fellow community members and make a positive difference to your life, and the lives of others.

We welcome you to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others through various volunteering opportunities.

Council of the Ageing

COTA has a role to promote, improve and protect the wellbeing of older people in Australia as citizens and consumers. It seeks to be recognised by government, the general community and media as representing, advocating for and serving all older Australians.

You can subscribe to news on their website:

Elder abuse

June 15 marks the annual, internationally recognised World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

The Inner West Council is part of a collaborative of service providers to raise awareness of this important issue. Inner West Council supports seniors to be active and connected in the community.

Staying active and connected can reduce social isolation, a risk factor for elder abuse. Anyone with concerns about abuse can call the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit on 1800 628 221. Anyone can make the call.

Energy helpline: 1300 339 915

The Energy and Water Ombudsman has lots of information such as fact sheets and information about help paying bills.

The Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) is the government-approved dispute resolution scheme for New South Wales electricity and gas customers, and some water customers.

Make a free call on 1800 246 545.

Food services

Visit the My Aged Care Website or call 1800 200 422.

Handyperson and gardening service

Inner West Council also offers a Gardening and Handyperson Service to assist older residents and younger people with a disability with basic gardening, lawn mowing and small handyperson jobs.

The service is available to residents who receive the aged or disability pension,who reside in the Balmain and Leichhardt wards.

For more information:
02 9367 9354

Home modification and maintenance service

The Inner West Home Maintenance and Modification Service assists people with access, safety and independence in daily living in their own home, or with a carer.

My Aged Care

The My Aged Care website has been established by the Australian Government to help you navigate the aged care system.

The Gateway is part of the Australian Government's changes to the aged care system which have been designed to give people more choice, more control and easier access to a full range of aged care services.

Visit the My Aged Care Website or call 1800 200 422.

NSW Ageing Strategy

One of the priorities of the NSW Government is to promote opportunities for older people to lead active and rewarding lives, reflecting the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population.

You can read more about the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020 and the five priorities that older people across NSW have said are important to them:

1. Health and wellbeing

2. Working and retiring

3. Housing choices

4. Getting around

5. Inclusive communities.

Tech Savvy Seniors

Be Connected is a free Australian Government initiative helping you to get the most out of going on line. To learn more and find your local partner call 1300 795 897 or go to

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) is the peak for seniors and technology. To find a Seniors computer course  use their locator: Visit the ASCCA website.

Inner West Council and other Council's nearby can also link you to programs as well offering  classes such as Cyber Seniors with local schools - see the activities for seniors page on this website.

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Page last updated: 07 Apr 2020