These free or subsidised services are available
Seniors Card is a free discount card providing members with access to NSW Government transport concessions, travel and business discounts.
|Phone||1300 364 758|
Online university for seniors
Provided by University of the Third Age
U3A Online provides online short courses for older people who enjoy learning but prefer the freedom to study where and when they choose. All that's needed to study online is access to a computer with an Internet connection - and some basic computing skills. Our courses are open to all older people, and are especially suited to older members of the community who are isolated either geographically, or through physical or social circumstances. U3A Online also offers many other useful resources for older people.
Provided by Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Find your nearest computer clubs for seniors who are interested in using computer technology for lifelong learning and communication.
|Phone||(02) 9286 3871|
Companionship and activities
Provided by Australian Men's Shed Association
We are men with time on our hands who would like something meaningful to do. We might be restoring furniture, fixing bicycles for a local school, fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. There might be a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life. There are tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. We can also learn to cook and to how contact our families by computer.
|Cost||Small yearly fee|
|Phone||1300 550 009|
Free online family tree
Provided by Geni
It's easy to build your family tree online. You can invite other family members to contribute too! Geni is the world's leading collaborative genealogy site. Our world family tree contains more than 62,454,662 connected profiles. Search Geni to find out how your ancestors are connected.
Provided by Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT)
Our physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual wellbeing services can take care of you inside and out. Subsidised by government via a Home Care Package. • No joining fees • No lock-in contracts • No hidden fees • No exit fees
|Phone||1800 632 314|
Provided by 3Bridges Community
Outings and home visits for those who are socially isolated and desire companionship. Outings include bus trips, lunch and the movies.
|Phone||(02) 8558 4000|
Citizen science: Recording wildlife
Provided by ClimateWatch
Watch your favourite wildlife or plants and record the changes online to assist scientists understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. ClimateWatch is an initiative of the Earthwatch Institute.
|Phone||(03) 9682 6828|
Provided by Conservation Volunteers
If you have a reasonable level of health and fitness you can help us care for nature by volunteering on one of our many conservation projects across the country, such as planting trees, collecting seeds and conducting environmental surveys. Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and no prior skills or experience are required. You can also show your support by becoming a member and staying up to date with what we’re doing.
|Phone||1800 032 501|
Find volunteering opportunities near you
Provided by Volunteering Australia
About 40% of Australians volunteer. There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from making a difference to people in your local community. Volunteering offers many other rewards too. You can learn new skills and gain valuable experience in a wide range of areas that may or may not be related to your paid work. It's also a great way to meet new people who share your interests. It’s easy to make a world of difference. This website makes it easy for you to find an opportunity that meets your interests and location.
Directory of community organisations
Provided by Do Something!
Do Something Near You is a community directory and volunteer portal. The website helps you find charities, councils and communities where you can volunteer your time to help others.
|Phone||(02) 9519 8766|
Citizen science: Birdwatching
Provided by Birdlife Australia
Join our community of observers and bird data collectors. We have long relied on our community of dedicated volunteers to assist in monitoring and collecting data on Australia's birds. These days this valuable effort is called ‘Citizen Science’. We have two online portals that are the gateway to your important contribution as a citizen scientist. Birdata allows you to contribute to the Atlas of Australian Birds project. Not only is it a convenient, hassle-free way to submit data, but it allows your data to be made instantly available to our team of researchers. You also get access to bird lists and distribution maps. Our Citizen Science Portal, supported by the Atlas of Living Australia, is where you can contribute your observations of native birds to a number of our projects.
|Phone||(03) 9347 0757|
Provided by RSPCA
The Pets of Older Persons (POOPs) program assists socially isolated elderly people in NSW by offering assistance with their pets in times of crisis. The POOPs Program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible. Home visits can help with pet care, and temporary foster accommodation can be offered if a pet's owner needs to go to hospital.
|Phone||(02) 9782 4408|
Provided by Zooniverse
If you're connected to the internet, you can help scientists in many different ways. Sort gorgeous images of galaxies from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope into their shapes to help research at Oxford University. It's a job that humans are much better at than computers and the oldest person doing it is 96! Or you might like to help transcribe old ships' logs to help scientists better understand the climate of the past. Another favourite is to identify animals caught on automatic cameras in Serengeti National Park in Africa. You don't need any experience to begin, just a sense of adventure!
Free walking groups
Provided by Heart Foundation
Join Australia’s largest FREE community-based walking network! Heart Foundation Walking makes regular physical activity easy and enjoyable. Walking groups are made up of various sizes and walk at different times, distances, days and levels of difficulty. If you don’t live near an existing walking group, why not start your own? Volunteer Walk Organisers are provided free training, resources and ongoing support. Or if you prefer to walk on your own, you can join as a ‘Virtual Walker’ and track your progress online. Take the first step towards better health and join a Heart Foundation Walking group today! Heart Foundation Walking is funded nationally by the Queensland Government.
|Phone||1300 36 27 87|
Public toilet map
The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia. Useful information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, accessibility and other nearby toilets. You can browse a specific location, or use the Trip Planner facility. There are even apps for mobile phones!
|Phone||1800 990 646|
Useful links for family trees
Provided by National Library of Australia
Links listed on this website offer a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents. They also provide links to other informative sites both in Australia and overseas and pathways to make contact with other family historians via indexed family trees, mailing lists and bulletin boards.
|Phone||(02) 6262 1111|
NSW Seniors Festival in March is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, reaching up to 500,000 seniors each year. If you are over 60, NSW Seniors Festival gives you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones at an array of local community events, many which are free or heavily discounted. Every year during NSW Seniors Festival, government, community and commercial organisations hold hundreds of events across the state, encompassing art, sport, music, entertainment, technology, recreation, health, good nutrition and much more!
Gardening for wildlife
Provided by Habitat Stepping Stones
Our local wildlife is doing it tough! Create your own habitat stepping stone to help them out. It's easy! Choose from dozens of beautiful plants and other habitat options that help your local wildlife. If you pledge to add three or more to your place, we will send you a Habitat Stepping Stone plaque for your front fence. You can also have a colourful bird appear at your place on our online map and join our wonderful Facebook community for local wildlife tips and to share your thoughts and photos.
|Phone||(02) 9850 8365|
Provided by Wrap with Love
Join volunteers who knit squares which are sewn together to make warm wraps to be sent all over the world to provide warmth and comfort to those suffering extreme cold. In the past 18 years we have sent more than 250,000 wraps to people in over 75 countries, including Australia, often after natural disasters. We have a wide network of area contacts and drop-off points.
|Phone||(02) 8399 3000|
Find an exercise program near you!
Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent as we get older. Physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds. It also helps us to remain independent and to get the most out of life. This website lets you find the many different exercise programs for over 50s in your local area.
These commercial services are available
Provided by Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT)
Our physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual wellbeing services can take care of you inside and out. Available by private pay. • No joining fees • No lock-in contracts • No hidden fees • No exit fees
|Cost||Fee for service|
|Phone||1800 632 314|