WA Seniors Week is an annual event that encourages people of all ages to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of older people to the Western Australian community. WA Seniors Week is also a celebration of seniors’ active participation in community life.
During Seniors Week 2022, the Department of Communities encourages all Western Australians to get involved in celebrating the priceless contributions of older people. These contributions, large and small, are enriching communities and lives throughout Western Australia.
Have a Go Day
Have a Go Day is a free activities and information day aimed at creating awareness around the importance of seniors leading active lives. In 2022, Have a Go Day will be held on Wednesday 9 November.
The WA Seniors Card Centre will also have an information stall at the event. WA Seniors Card holders needing a replacement WA Seniors Card can get one there on the day.
Seniors Week Grants Program
Local governments, registered not for profits and community groups can also apply for the Seniors Week Community Grants Program.
Grants of up to $1,000 for individual projects (or up to $3,000 for consortium projects) are available to host an event or activity during Seniors Week.
The grants aim to celebrate the role of seniors in our communities and encourage participation in community life, particularly for isolated individuals.
Visit the COTA website for more information or call the Council on the Ageing WA on (08) 9472 0104.
Applications close COB Friday, 9 September 2022.
The Seniors Week Community Grants Program and the WA Seniors Awards are coordinated by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the Department of Communities.
WA Seniors Awards 2022
Nominations are now open for the WA Seniors Awards.
The awards acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of exceptional seniors and people supporting older Western Australians.
Nominations can be made by organisations or individual members of the public, visit the COTA website for more information or call the Council on the Ageing WA on (08) 9472 0104.
Nominations close 5pm on Friday, 9 September 2022 and awards will be presented during WA Seniors Week.
General information and support services for seniors
Communities plays a leading role in helping ensure that older Western Australians are safe, respected and valued in the community. This includes the funding of support services, grants programs and initiatives across the seniors and ageing portfolio. Some useful information and support services for seniors is listed below.
The WA Seniors Card program enables seniors to connect to active ageing, health, entertainment and financial benefits. Go to the WA Seniors Card website or phone 1800 671 233.
In August 2021 the State Government announced the Safety and Security Rebate. The $12 million program allows WA Seniors Card members to claim up to $400 per household towards the purchase and installation of eligible home security equipment.
COVID-19 information, seniors supports and services information, and healthy and active ageing information are available on Communities’ Seniors COVID-19 web page.
COTA WA is the Seniors Peak Body in Western Australia. COTA WA’s At Home Guide supports older Western Australians to live well. Developed in partnership with Communities, the guide is designed as an ongoing companion for seniors at home.
Communities is working to reduce elder abuse in Western Australia through the implementation of our elder abuse strategy and providing support services and resources designed to support older Western Australians. If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, or has a question about elder abuse, please call the WA Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 724 679 for a confidential discussion. The helpline is funded by Communities and operated by Advocare.