Older people

Blacktown City Ageing Profile

The Blacktown City Ageing Profile 2012+(PDF, 10MB) outlines our plan to increase the range of opportunities for local seniors to effectively contribute to civic and community life in Blacktown City.

People aged over 60 constitute 14.9% of Blacktown City’s population.  By 2036, it is predicted that people aged over 60 will make up 17.6% of our population. Demographic information, social issues and strengths can be obtained from our Older People Social Profile Snapshot(PDF, 3MB) .

While future older people will be healthier and more active for longer, many of them will still need domestic and personal support at home. We work with state and federal governments and local organisations to improve access and funding for these services.

We believe that older people are a valuable asset within our community and are committed to their active participation in our local community. 

For more information, please contact our Aged Planner on 9839 6287.

Personal alarm system

This program aims to provide eligible residents with a personal alarm system package so they can live independently and safely. All costs are covered by us as long as applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

There are two service levels options offered:

  • Service level 1 provided by Vital Call is monitored 24/7 through a call centre and is recommended for residents who are socially isolated and have a high medical/care need. There is currently a wait list for this service.

  • Service level 2 provided by Oricom International is not monitored 24/7 by a call centre but instead voice alerts are sent using the landline telephone to the resident’s nominated emergency contacts such as neighbours, family or friends and the alert can be escalated to triple zero (000) in an emergency. 

For more information, contact us on 02 9839 6000.

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

We are committed to supporting the active participation of older people within our community. The committee advises Council on issues relevant to policies, programs, events, facilities and services that impact on the quality of life of older residents living in Blacktown City and developing age friendly communities. 

For more information, please contact our Aged Planner on 02 9839 6287. 

Seniors clubs and groups

There are a number of senior citizens clubs and groups in Blacktown City.  Some are located in Senior Citizens Centres and other community facilities.

 Seniors Clubs and Groups 

Contact

Blacktown Grandparents Support Group
Max Webber Library Function Centre, Blacktown

02 9839 6287

council@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

Blacktown Older Women's Network
Rooty Hill Senior Citizens Centre
34a Rooty Hill Road South, Rooty Hill

02 9675 2901

blacktownolderwomens@yahoo.com.au

Blacktown Senior Citizens Centre
Gribble Place, Blacktown

02 8834 1330

Country Women's Association Blacktown Branch
Gribble Pace, Blacktown

02 9622 7940

gribblestcwa@gmail.com

Doonside Senior Citizens Club
35 Graham Street, Doonside

 02 9621 7920

Healthwise Seniors Incorporated
Suite 209, 30-32 Campbell Street, Blacktown

02 9671 1191

Marayong House Seniors Group - Blacktown Area Community Centres
64 Falmouth Road, Quakers Hill

 02 9626 5312

www.bacc.org.au 

Mount Druitt Senior Citizens Centre
The Mount Druitt Hub
Level 1, 9 Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt

02 9625 3665

Riverstone Senior Citizens Club
Sam Lane Community Complex
Park Street, Riverstone

02 9627 9221

Rooty Hill and Districts Seniors Computing Club
34A Rooty Hill Road South, Rooty Hill

02 9832 3117

rroo9504@bigpond.net.au

Salvation Army Blacktown Seniors Group
Kempsey Street, Blacktown

 Blacktowncity.corps@aue.salvationarmy.org

Simply Voices Blacktown Seniors Choir
Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown

 02 9624 5216

mandkf@bigpond.net.au

Aged services and related links

The Australian Government’s My Aged Care can give you information and help you access aged care services to support you.  Did you know people over 65 need to register with My Aged Care to access support services?

There are many different services that may support you to stay in your own home.
Use the Help at Home finder to search for services in our City.

A Home Care Package provides a coordinated package of services tailored to meet your specific care needs. You will need to arrange an assessment by contacting My Aged Care to receive help at home.

Aged care homes can provide accommodation for you when staying in your own home is no longer the best option. You can search for organisations that provide this accommodation in your area using the aged care home finder.

For more information, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.

Blacktown-Hills home and community care forum

Council facilitates Home and Community Care forums specifically for community aged care organisations across Blacktown and Hills Shire Local Government Areas.

Service providers in these areas are encouraged to attend these forums to network with others, share information, promote new services, discuss issues and identify local strategies to enhance service delivery.

For more information, please contact our Aged Planner on 02 9839 6287.

Digital literacy programs 

Blacktown City Libraries offer many digital literacy programs. Check out their what's on calendar for all their senior events and activities at the library. 

Computer Pals Blacktown Inc trains their members to use most devices and PCs along with Apple Macs. They also cover most Microsoft programs to higher level. Book yourself into their daily sessions call 02 9920 0829.

Department of Social Services: be connected program aims to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians when they use the internet.

IT 4 Retirees provides tailored IT training from one-on-one to group formats.They also offer telephone support and customised guides to empower you to confidently use current technology.

The Leep in Lab offers free one-on-one technology support from a volunteer digital mentor. Bring in your tablet, phone or laptop and start learning more about your device and the internet today! Book in for a 1 hour session with a digital mentor by calling 4721 1866 Leep can also help recruit and train volunteers to deliver your own Digital Literacy Program. If your organisation would like to develop your own digital literacy program for your clients or community, Leep can provide free support to help you establish one. To learn more call 4721 1230

Our Lady of Consolation Aged Care Service offers computer tutoring to home care package clients and it's residents. For more information and to book, email ipaterson@oloc.com.au or call 9832 5476

Rooty Hill and Districts Seniors Computing Club offers training for small groups and individuals in a sociable setting. For more information call 9832 3117.

SydWest Multicultural Services/ Seniors Kiosk offers digital in house literacy programs provided to seniors 65+. For more information call 9621 6633.

Western Sydney Dementia Advisory Services will help you understand technology. You will feel confident in using your mobile phones, computers, tablets and internet. For more information call 8805 0991.