Collaborations and partnerships
Seniors Rights Service is always exploring how to collaborate with other organisations and community groups to improve our services and to empower older people to learn about their rights. We work to foster communities where older members of society are aware of and actively exercise and defend their individual rights, as well as creating a population that respects and values older people and promotes and upholds their rights. We prioritise engagement with older people who are disadvantaged and vulnerable, especially in regional, rural and remote locations. Moreover, we also fight for those who are culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.
To ensure that we connect with and provide access and equity to all older people regardless of their personal characteristics, Seniors Rights Service actively seeks out collaborations and community groups to work with.
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders
Through taking an open approach and actively seeking out collaborative partners we have been able to develop a brochure that speaks directly to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders. This was achieved through the development of good relationships with Aboriginal community groups in Maroubra (Sydney) and Cowra (Central West NSW). We are now in a better position to meaningfully connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and provide assistance through our legal, advocacy and education services.
Take a look at our new brochure here
Collaborating with AASHA and the Elder Abuse Helpline and Research Unit
This collaboration arose from the Elder Abuse Scoping Project that Seniors Rights Service conducted in 2016 when the Indian community disclosed financial abuse as an issue for them. We have been working together with a small group of provider partners and AASHA to develop an appropriate forum as a result. AASHA means hope in Sanscrit but what the organisation hopes to facilitate is a bridge between care for older people in South East Asian communities and aged care service providers.
Our work with the Sri Lankan community: Cross Cultural Networking and Information Session
Seniors Rights Service, the NSW legal and advocacy service for older Australians, facilitated a networking and information session for the Sri Lankan community in collaboration with Blacktown Council on 27 July 2017. The community forum was well attended by a wide range of community members and service providers including: Seniors Rights Service, Sri Lankan Association, India Club, Blacktown City Council, SEVA International, SydWest Multicultural Association, Harmon Foundation, Uniting, and Easy Go Connect.
The purpose of the session was to provide a solution based information gathering seminar for the Sri Lankan community. Leaders within the community had identified a number challenges for older Sri Lankans as starting points for further discussion. Participants at the session went on to identify the following issues as their primary concerns:
- Aged care reforms and services
- Family coercion and abuse
- Planning for the future.
We are currently working in partnership with ACON and the Love Project on the development of LGBTI and ageing community forums where the rights of LGBTI people will be discussed as they age and need to connect with services.
There are also a number of satellite events planned for The 5th National Elder Abuse Conference in February 2018, including a community event for older people at Penrith Panthers. Make sure you stay up to date with the Conference program by regularly visiting the website here