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Seniors and Disability

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Programs/Activities for Seniors

Burwood Seniors Social Group

This is an informal group for seniors who live in the Burwood Local Government Area (LGA) and surrounding suburbs initiated by Burwood Council since 2005.  It provides a variety of activities for seniors usually on a monthly basis which may include information talks on aged related topics that are of interest to seniors; occasional bus trips to interesting places around Sydney and many more including the annual Seniors Festival program.

The primary purpose of this initiative is to draw out or motivate seniors (60 years and over) who live alone and may be experiencing social isolation to participate and interact with other seniors or simply learn new things or learn new information that can be useful to them. Often joining this group has resulted in finding new friendships and/or new hobbies/adventures such as joining Council's Community Programs as shown below.

To find out more or to obtain a copy of the latest program please scroll down and select the appropriate link below.  For more information contact Council's Aged and Disability Officer on 9911 9858.

Burwood Council's Seniors Festival (also known as Seniors Week)

The date for this event is usually set on the third week of March annually unless otherwise set by the NSW State Government. This years Seniors Festival ran from 4 - 15 April 2018.

Burwood Council has delivered a variety of activities/events during previous Seniors Festivals.  The 2018 Festival Program is shown here to provide a sample of how Burwood Council takes its Seniors Festival seriously. For more information on the 2018 Seniors Festival please click here or contact Council's Aged & Disability Officer on 9911 9858.

Wrap with Love - Knitting Group

Burwood Wrap with Love Group has been around since 2010!  Come along and join in the fun, meet like-minded people who enjoy knitting. Everyone is welcome from expert knitters to beginners. All finished wraps are given to Wrap with Love Inc., a voluntary organisation with members knitting squares to make wraps and rugs that are distributed within Australia and worldwide to needy communities. 

Day:      Mondays                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Time:    10.30am - 12.30pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Venue:  Burwood Library and Community Hub Meeting Room                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2 Conder Street, BURWOOD                

Materials:   Bring 8 ply wool and 4mm knitting needles. Donations of wool and spare needles are gratefully accepted. Burwood Library is a community drop off point for completed squares and/or wraps.                                                                  For more information please contact Helen at Burwood Library on 9911 9999.  

Burwood Seniors Computer Club

Established in 2004, this Burwood Council initiative is for seniors 55 years old and over who would like to learn how to use the computer.  This Club is run by volunteers who are seniors themselves.

For all enquiries please call Council's Aged & Disability Officer on 9911 9858.  

Burwood Council Community Programs

Council offers a diverse range of educational, recreational and creative programs to all members of the community.  These programs are held at Council's community centres including Enfield Aquatic Centre.  They are run by local community services or groups or an individual exercise/fitness leader.  These activities may include exercises that are low cost, free or gold coin donation, offered each term. For more information please click here or contact Council's Aged & Disability Officer on 9911 9858.  Information brochures are available quarterly.

Disability Program

There have been major changes in the Disability Sector. All State Government functions and programs have been rolled out to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  Due to these changes the Disability Guide that has been previously compiled by Burwood Council has now been removed from the web page.  Please contact NDIS through St Vincent De Paul Society on 1800 794 934 or email LAC@vinnies.org.au.  Vinnies is the Local Area Coordination (LAC) agency to transit people with a disability into the NDIS that covers the Burwood LGA.  Otherwise, please feel free to contact Burwood Council's Aged and Disability Officer on 9911 9858 for all other enquiries related to disability. 

Annual Events

Celebrating International Day of People with a Disability - Groovability Festival.  Held the first Thursday in December at Burwood Park.

Current Programs (2018)

Make Your Move (running from 16 May - 4 July 2018 or 8 weeks, 11.30am - 1.00pm at Fitzroy Hall, Woodstock Community Centre Burwood.

This is a partnership initiative between Burwood Council and Sydney Dance Company.

Sydney Dance Company's new program Make Your Move is an exciting initiative for people with mobility restrictions who want to dance. These weekly dance sessions are FREE of charge and take place at three locations around Sydney. Burwood, Fairfield and Strathfield. The course runs for 8 weeks and is open to adults over the age of 18.

The program is designed as a series of creative workshops to get you moving, making and participating in contemporary dance. Over the course of the 8 weeks you will develop skills and confidence in movement and explore some of the ideas that inspire Sydney Dance Company's productions.  Sessions will include a gentle warm up and a range of creative dance activities in a safe and fun environment. We encourage you to bring along a friend, family member or carer to dance with you.

Limited spaces are available. (excerpts from the promotional flyer of the Sydney Dance Company).

Enquiries/Bookings: Please call Council's Aged and Disability Officer on 9911 9858.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Burwood Council is committed to creating a more inclusive community for all people. The Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) will ensure that the goal of a more inclusive community is attained. 

The main objective of the DIAP is to ensure that people with a disability have an opportunity to fully participate in the social, community and business life of Burwood. The plan outlines key strategies and actions that will assist in overcoming barriers to inclusion. These strategies will be incorporated into Council's planning for the next four years.

The DIAP has been developed based on these areas:
• Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours towards people with a disability
• Creating more live-able communities for people with a disability
• Achieving a higher rate of meaningful employment participation by people with a disability through inclusive employment practices
• Ensuring more equitable access to mainstream services for people with a disability through better systems and processes

To obtain a copy  click here  or contact Council's Aged & Disability Worker on 9911 9858.





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