Older Adults

Council support older adults with services that aim to:

  • provide information, advocacy and referral services
  • develop and promote a comprehensive range of high quality community services/facilities through the development and implementation of relevant Social Plans which meet the needs of older people and people with disability. This includes a high level of consultation, co-ordination and a planned approach to community development.
  • involve residents in the development of services and projects to meet their needs.
  • promote equitable access to community services and facilities for disadvantaged groups and communities.
  • inform Council, community groups and government departments of changing needs and policies.

Services in your Home and Social Activities

Council provides the following Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) services to help people remain healthy, independent and live more comfortably in their home through our At Home with Willoughby:

  • Meals on Wheels, for nutritious meals delivered to your door and social lunches held at the Dougherty Community Centre – 9777 7830
  • Linen service – provides clean bed and bathroom linen to your home 9777 7828
  • Shopping bus and a home delivery shopping service,
  • Bus outings to exciting and interesting destinations and  several weekly social groups
  • Information and referral service and assistance with odd jobs - 9777 7824

My Aged Care

Access to all Government supported assistance for older people, including residential aged care, is available through the My Aged Care gateway at www.myagedcare.gov.au or by calling 1800 200 422.

Library Home Delivery Service

Council also provides Home Delivery and Self Select Library Services to assist people who require assistance to access a range of products from our libraries.

Computer Assist Programs

Beginner basics - One on one tutoring for help with learning how to access the internet and email, Skype, and YouTube. Contact the Dougherty Community Centre 9777 7800

Using your mobile device - Get the most from your smartphone or tablet. Contact  MOSAIC 9777 7952

Learning @ the Library - Workshops, Tech Buddy Club, Drop-in Tech Bar online learning. Contact the Library 9777 7900

Wellness, Education, Spiritual & Social Activities

Many programs are available across Council venues for older adults to assist them to increase wellness, continue to learn regarding topics of interest and remain active in the community. For more information regarding these activities and programs, visit:

Willoughby Seniors Advisory Committee

The Willoughby Seniors Advisory Committee meets four times a year at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood. This Committee provides Council with advice regarding issues relating to older people. For more information please contact the Dougherty Community Services Team Leader on 9777 7801.