Many of the people Seniors Rights Service reach live in regional, rural or remote locations.
Every year, our regional staff, and sometimes staff from the Sydney office, deliver dozens of education sessions across the state. We have an annual plan to decide which areas to visit and around 30 per cent of the people who attend our education events overall are from regional, rural or remote areas.
These events have been held in aged care facilities and retirement villages as well as libraries, social clubs, community halls, and men’s and women’s sheds.
The recent addition of three regional advocates to our team in 2018 – in the Central West, Far North Coast and South West of NSW – in addition to our team members on the South Coast and Mid-North Coast – has truly given us a state-wide presence and we are more able to reach our target populations, regardless of geographic location.
The Central West, and Dubbo in particular, has a sizeable Aboriginal population. The South West has many residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly Italian, while the north coast is home to many older people from the LGBTIQ+ communities.
Places visited in 2018-19 include Albury, Armidale, Balranald, Bega, Coffs Harbour, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Forster, Gloucester, Grafton, Griffith, Hay, Kandos, Kempsey, Leeton, Lismore, Molong, Moruya, Nambucca Heads, Narooma, Narranderra, Orange, Parkes, Taree, Tuncurry, Wagga, Walcha, Walgett, Wauchope, Wellington, Wingham, Woolgoolga, Yeoval and many more.
Screenings of “Piano Forte”, a DVD of a play created to promote conversations around the financial abuse of older people, power of attorney and other legal matters took us to Orange, Kempsey, Tuggerah, Wagga and the Richmond/Tweed. The DVD screened to well over 300 older people. To enquire about regional events or talk to staff please contact us.