Seniors

Seniors are an irreplaceable group within our community, and the City of Bunbury is committed to ensuring they are welcomed, included and valued in all that our community has to offer.

The City of Bunbury provides seniors specific information on all aspects of community life. To access this, contact the Community Development team on 9792 7128.

The City also works with community groups to deliver seniors events and programs, such as the Bunbury Meals on Wheels and Senior Citizens Association Open Day and the Grey Medallion swimming program for over 55s. For more information on these contact the Community Development Team. 

The City of Bunbury and shires of Dardanup and Harvey have developed a Greater Bunbury Age-Friendly Strategy, which is designed to plan for the ageing population into the future.

The strategy was funded by the South West Development Commission and the Department of Local Government and Communities and was developed in consultation with Creating Communities.To download the City's Age Friendly Strategic Plan click here

Appendices

Gopher Recharge Program

The Gopher Recharge Program is an initiative which provides peace of mind to gopher and electric wheelchair users by enabling them to get out and about in Bunbury without fear or their transport devices running out of battery.

To do this, Recharge Points are now located at important businesses and organisations throughout Bunbury that are exclusively for gopher and electric wheelchair users to use completely free of charge and when a battery top-up is needed.

Following consultation with the community, ten Recharge Points exist across the City; one each at Milligan House, Bunbury Forum, South West Sports Centre, Bunbury Wildlife Park, Bunbury City Library, Withers Library, Dr Foster & Associates and Bunbury Drive-in Chemist, and three points at Bunbury Centre Point.

The involvement of these locations is signified by a ‘Recharge Point’ sticker both outside the buildings and above the power point in question. The stickers look like this.

For more information regarding the location of these Recharge Points, view the flyer here.

Hard copies of these flyers, as well as handy pocket maps, are available from the City of Bunbury Administration Building at 4 Stephen Street, Bunbury. For more details, contact the Community Development Team on 9792 7128.

Seniors supporting the local community

What Is Volunteering?

Volunteering is a fantastic activity for seniors to get involved in and can take lots of different forms: formal or informal, individual or in groups, inside or outdoors, locally or overseas.  Volunteering is an activity which can suit every lifestyle, ability, interest and skill, while also having lots of fun in the process! The activity of volunteering, or helping a community group of your own free will, can be described by a variety of terms: community service, activism, good Samaritan, pro bono work, civic engagement - the list goes on.  Whatever term is used, all volunteering is undertaken:

  • to benefit the community and the volunteer
  • of the volunteer's own free will
  • for no financial payment
  • in designated volunteer positions only

Why volunteer?

  • Some reasons people volunteer include to:
  • learn new skills
  • share life experiences and skills
  • contribute to society by helping people who may be disadvantaged
  • meet new people
  • make new friends
  • give back to the community
  • make a difference
  • gain experience and contacts to help find paid employment
  • build self confidence
  • have fun
  • socialise
  • stay active and engaged with the community
  • do something they've always wanted to do

Principles of volunteering

  • benefits the community and the volunteer
  • is always a matter of choice
  • is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances
  • work is unpaid
  • is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
  • is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
  • respects the rights, dignity and culture of others
  • promotes human rights and equality