Disadvantaged and vulnerable

Much of Seniors Rights Service’s work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people in urban and metropolitan areas focuses on western Sydney.

The region is one of enormous ethnic and economic diversity, with a growing population, and there is considerable crossover with our work with people of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse heritage.

We strive to build awareness and use of our legal and advocacy services among all older disadvantaged people from all areas, particularly in relation to financial and other abuse.

For example, in 2018, around 200 local people attended our free community event “Respect: You Deserve It!” at Penrith Panthers. Entertainment, high tea and a quiz were accompanied by a panel discussion to highlight issues around the mistreatment of older people. Stalls in Riverstone and Penrith during NAIDOC Week drew more than 1200 people. We have held education sessions in western Sydney on accessing aged care in the home, as well as forums in the Hills District and Blacktown to increase awareness of financial and other abuse.

One of our Seniors Rights Service solicitors is a member of Blacktown City Council’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and has been active in establishing regular information forums and Seniors Week events in the area. We provide a monthly free legal service at Wentworthville Community Service Access Hub, and in inner Sydney, we run a fortnightly shopfront clinic at Northcott housing estate in Surry Hills, providing legal and social support to residents.