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Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. a uniquely Western Australian organisation is recognised as the peak body for organisations supporting seniors' involvement in sport and recreation the Council is constantly reviewing its strategies to increase the participation of seniors in sport, recreation and associated physical and mental activity. Within the Council’s resource limitations it has directed initiatives towards the areas of participation encouragement, policy development, community leadership promotion and the over fifties potential for community contribution.

Patron: The Honourable Kim Beazley AC Governor of Western Australia.

Seniors Week 2018 - Sunday 11th to Sunday 18th November

Have a Go Day 2018 - Wednesday 14th November 2018

2018 SRCWA
LiveLighter Aged Care Games Metro

Metro Aged Care Games Banner 2018Despite stormy weather and a bitterly cold morning twenty teams from Perth’s Aged Care facilities took part in the Annual Metro LiveLighter Aged Care Games held at the Belmont Oasis on the 2nd August 2018. The Games were officially opened by Cassie Rowe MLA local member for Belmont. Cassie visited the more than 300 very competitive seniors at this event and wished them all well. Teams from around the metro region competed in a range of games which were organised and facilitated by staff and volunteers from SRCWA. It was amazing to see people well into their 90’s willing to Have a Go at Seated Hockey, Pass Ball, Bean Bag Toss and Skittles. As you will see from some of the images participants had a great day and there were smiles all round. The team taking out First Place was “Balmoral Royals”, Second Place was “Ritcher Lodge” and closely followed in Third Place by “Hamersley Hurricanes”. The oldest competitor at the games was once again 105-year-old Nellie Bentley from Rosewood. Best presented team was Ritcher Lodge “Ritcher Mafia” who went to a lot of trouble theming the whole team as Mafia members wearing black suites, black hats toting machine guns. This year we welcomed new a team of volunteers the from Aggreko Western Australia, our thanks go out to the many volunteers helped set up and officiate at these games, a special thank you to participating centres staff who train and support participants. Thank you to LiveLighter Healthway, Dept of Communities and Dept of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries for Sponsoring the LiveLighter Aged Care Games events.

Images from the LiveLighter Aged Care Games Metro 2018 can be viewed here

West Coast Grandparents Get Active.   

West Coast Eagles Grandparents Day

A “Grandparents Activity/ Information Day”, a joint event run by the West Coast Eagles (WCE) and Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. was held at Domain Stadium on 4th of July 2018. Around 120 fans comprised of Grandparents and their grandchildren were treated to a range of activities and information stalls in the West Coast Eagles team warm up room. The activities on the day included; WCE Kicking Cube, Xbox Kinect activities -Exergaming, Seated Hockey, Carpet Golf, Quoits, Giant Darts, Skittles, Bob (Table Billiards), Face Painting, and a photo booth which proved to be extremely popular. Eddie the Eagle WCE Team Mascot met Jet WA ScamNet mascot and they both participated in the activates on offer. Eddie and Jet posed for photos with WCE Members who were treated to free prints which they took home in a folder to commemorate their day.  Thanks to all the static displays which included, West Coast Eagles, Seniors Recreation Council of WA, LiveLighter Healthway, Consumer Protection WA, Kings Tours & Travel, and Enrich Living Services. SRCWA acknowledges all the hard work and support from its dedicated volunteers and staff as well as the West Coast Eagles support staff who makes these events possible. 

Images from the SRCWA - WCE Grandparents Acvtivity Information Day can be viewed here

Swan View LiveLighter Activity Information Day

On Wednesday 27th June 2018 the Brown Park Recreation Centre in Swan View was abuzz with seniors from the Mundaring Shire who attended the SRCWA Live_Lighter Activity Information Day.

Despite the torrential rain it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 110 seniors who took part. A lovely BBQ lunch was supplied by the Shire of Mundaring, which was cooked by the Swan Districts Lions Club. Seniors were able to Have a Go at Exergaming, Table Tennis, Pool, Snooker Heart Sports Activities, Carpet Bowls, Golf Putting, Bean Bag Toss, Skittles, Seated Hockey and a range of other activities. A large telescope was on show from the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group which generated a lot of interest.

A wide variety of static displays and information were on offer from Cancer Council, Consumer Protection, Estate Administration Services WA, Independent Living Centre, Perth Observatory Volunteer Group, Seniors Card Office, Seniors Recreation Council of WA, Shire of Mundaring, Silver Chain Group, Enrich Living Services, Swan Districts Lions Club, Umbrella Multicultural Community Care and Wheels Inc

SRCWA acknowledges and appreciates its hard-working volunteers, the team from Wooroloo, and the Shire of Mundaring Staff for their support in making this event possible.

Photos from the day can be seen here

Peel LiveLighter Activity Information Day

Thursday 21st June 2018 saw a very active group of seniors attend the Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. Peel Branch LiveLighter Activity Information Day at the Furnissdale Masonic Lodge Mandurah. The event was a resounding success and once again was well attended by more than 120 enthusiastic and active seniors. Our MC for the day, SRCWA Vice President Phil Paddon, introduced Robyn Lister from the Fit and Flexi program who facilitated a warm up activity.

Static displays and information included Australia Hearing – Hearing Testing and information, BreastScreen WA, City of Mandurah, Independent Living Centre, Mandurah Croquet Club, RAAFA Connect, Seniors Card Office, Seniors Recreation Council of WA/ Healthway LiveLighter, Shire of Murray Library, Shire of Murray Recreation Centre, Silver Chain, St Ives Home Care.

People also visited the Australian Hearing for a free assessment and advice on hearing aids.

Activities on the day included Strong on Your Feet, Exergaming, Skittles, Bean Bag Toss, Pole Walking, Giant Darts, Totem Tennis, Croquet and Game of Bob. It was wonderful to see so many seniors “Having a Go” at the many activities on offer. One blind senior even had a go at giant darts with his carer guiding him “…up a bit…down a bit throw...Bullseye!”

SRCWA Peel Branch volunteers and the Mandurah Lions Club provided a lovely lunch; a wide choice of hearty and healthy soups or a sausage sizzle.

A wonderful medley of songs by Eddie Storm and Piano Man George Boyer had people dancing and bopping after the activities during the lunch break.

Congratulations to SRCWA volunteers and staff, Peel Branch president Jan McGlinn and her dedicated volunteers on a magnificent event We also would like to thank the static displays, and our sponsors who helped to make these events a great success.

Photos from the day can be seen here

200 Seniors Get Tech Savvy in Leederville

Friday 15th June 2018 saw more than 200 seniors attend a Seniors Recreation Council and Telstra Tech Savvy Connected Seniors event at the Loftus Centre in Leederville. The event presented by SRCWA in partnership with Telstra was a once again resounding success. People at the event had the opportunity to discuss their technology issues with more than 30 Telstra Digital Ambassadors, who volunteered for the day. Our MC for the day Boyd Brown Telstra Area General Manager WA, who opened the event introduced our guest opening speaker Jenny Seaton, she was followed by informative presentations by NBN Co, Telstra Health, Telstra Digital Ambassadors and SRCWA Tech Savvy Seniors Program Manager Martin Yates. At the start of his “Use of Digital Devices for Photography” presentation Martin Yates invited the “Roving Selfie Stick Man" – Michael Tan to take a shot from the stage with him of the crowd.

A huge vote of thanks goes out to Telstra, for their support at this event, to Boyd, Naomi and Jodi from Telstra for their enthusiasm and hard work making this event possible. To the wonderful volunteers and staff from SRCWA who helped with the setup, directed seniors, and manned the registration table, long time volunteers Pat and Mary served the Tea and Coffee thank you so much. A shout out to Matthew Kavanagh from the office of Hon Mick Murray MLA Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation, the Communication Team at Sport and Recreation, WA and Have a Go News for your ongoing support.

To our statics displays NBN Australia Camera Electronic, Independent Living Centre WA, and Telstra thank you for your much appreciated support. Camera Electronic donated a Digital Camera for the door prize won by Wendy Stewart of Nollamara. Wendy was very excited to win the camera as she had wanted to join our SRCWA Seniors Photo Walks, we can’t wait to help you give your prize a workout.

Feedback from this event was very positive with people asking when will the next event will be. One issue highlighted from the event was “Where to from here where can I get help as I don’t have children or family who can help me as services at our local library have ceased due to the volunteer leaving getting full time work.” Many seniors asked for their sincere thanks to be passed on to SRCWA and Telstra for organising such a great event.

SCAMS a Growing Concern

Scams are a growing concern and Seniors seem to be the target demographic. In an effort to address this trend and better equip seniors to maintain a healthy level of scepticism SRCWA in partnership with Consumer Protection WA run SCAMS information sessions. The sessions cover best practices when using digital devices, protecting what you believe and securing your personal information. On Thursday 15th June 2018 SRCWA Tech Savvy Seniors Project Manager Martin Yates was invited to deliver two sessions in the City of Kalamunda which were well attended. Seniors asked lots of relevant questions and found the session to be very helpful.  

If you have been SCAMMED or know of someone who may be caught up in a SCAM and need help contact the ScamNet helpline on 1300 30 40 54 or visit their website https://www.scamnet.wa.gov.au

Thank you to the team at Consumer Protection WA for their ongoing support and providing the information packs and the wonderful team at the City of Kalamunda. Program supported by LiveLighter 

SRCWA Ball "Enchanted Garden Ball"

The SRCWA  Annual Seniors Ball was a sell out once again with over 200 people in attendance at the 2018 “Enchanted Garden Ball”. Our Special thanks go out to our sponsors Crown Perth, Have a Go News, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries , Department of Communities, and Casey Australia Tours.  During the afternoon tea break a floor show was performed by the Rock and Jive Dance Club who had the dancefloor full to overflowing at the interactive part of their show. Thank you, Robert, and your team.  Our live dance music was presented by "Satin Doll" Thank You! a perfect compilation of dance music.  SRCWA State Vice President Phil Paddon welcomed everyone and introduced the Hon. Mick Murray MLA, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation who addressed the audience. Once again SRCWA thanks the hard work of its volunteers and staff who make these successful events possible.  Thank you to Sarah and Kate for manning the Studio Twenty Six Photo booth and Martin Yates our photographer who provides his equipment.

  Photos from the SRCWA Enchanted Garden Ball can be viewed here

SRCWA-Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors Event Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open for ourvery popular FREE SRCWA - Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors Event to be held on Friday 15th June 2018 are now open.  The previous session held on Friday 16th January 2018, was fully booked out within four days of being announced.
Call our office on 08 9492 9774 to book your place.

Click here or on the image below for our event flyer.

 

SRCWA Over 60's Mixed Pairs Bowls

A record 72 teams took part in the 2018 Seniors Recreation Council State Over 60’s Mixed Pairs Lawn Bowls tournament. Held at various clubs throughout the Perth Metropolitan area the finals played at the Sorrento Bowling Club on Thursday 19th April 2018. Congratulations to Sam Perica (Cambridge) and Lea Mias (Melville) who won Thursday’s final 16-11 over husband and wife team Ross (Sorrento) and Trish Cunningham (Mosman Park). Semi- Finalists on the day were: Lee Farrell (Osborne Park) & Irene Arndt (Safety Bay), Kathy Gobbart (Sorrento) & Bill Savell (Dudley Park). SRCWA acknowledges Bowls WA President Ken Pride, Bowls WA Staff and all those involved for running a great event.

Results can be found on the Bowls WA website Click Here

Photos from the finals can be viewed here.

SRCWA Rockingham Have a Go Day
a LiveLighter Event a Great Success

While the weather threatened early in the morning it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of an estimated 1000 seniors attending the 8th SRCWA Rockingham Branch Have a Go Day, a LiveLighter Event held at Aqua Jetty in Warnbro. There were more than 80 sites and activities spread across the main hall and the grassed area showcasing Clubs, Groups, Agencies and Businesses from the Rockingham and surrounding areas. The Official Opening commenced at 10.30am with introduction by Hugh Rogers, SRCWA, State President then Barry Sammels, City of Rockingham Mayor officially opened the day and Cr. Chris Elliott did a fantastic job as MC. Activities included Alzheimer’s Australia, Australian Hearing - Hearing Tests, Croquet - Mandurah Croquet & Recreation Club, Curtin FM 100.1 Radio Broadcasting, Dance Floor Programme, Petanque, Tai Chi - Rockingham Taoist Tai Chi Society, Warnbro Pharmacy - Health Checks, SRCWA Rockingham Pole Walking & Spinning Demonstrations. Simply Swing, Sing Australia Rockingham, Swing n’ Sway & Prime Movers performed on the outdoor dance floor. Thanks to the hard work of the SRCWA Rockingham Branch volunteers lead by Branch President Valma Sulc, the day was a resounding success and ran extremely smoothly. We also thank the crew from Wooroloo thier hard work was invaluable in making this a great event. This event would not have been possible without the magnificent sponsorship of; City of Rockingham, Aqua Jetty, Have a Go News, Kennards Hire, IGA, LiveLighter Healthway, Government of WA, Telstra Warnbro & Simply Swing.

Click here for Photos from the SRCWA Rockingham Branch Have a Go Day a LiveLighter Event

LiveLighter Aged Care Games Bunbury

Picture the South West Sports centre full of Seniors all dressed in team colours plus carers and supporters, competing at the Bunbury 2018 LiveLighter Aged Care Games on April 12th 2018. It was a fabulous day with 16 teams competing, the teams came together from Nursing Homes, Aged Care Facilities and Day Centres to compete in games specifically designed for people in care. SRCWA would like to thank Bunbury Branch president Barbara Fleay and her team of dedicated volunteers along with the volunteers and staff from Perth head office for helping to make this event possible. Students from the Bunbury regional TAFE and their instructor volunteered on the day which was greatly appreciated. The games were officially opened by Federal Member for Forrest, Western Australia Ms Nola Marino MP. Our lunch time entertainment was provided by local councillor Betty McCleary who had people moving and shaking to Zumba Gold. The games were played in great spirit and included seated hockey, seated pass ball, beanbag toss and skittles. The carers game at the end of the day had representatives from each team competing in a fun event which was enjoyed by everyone. Best Presented team was awarded to “Dream Catchers”, third place Pemberton HACC, second place “Village People ” and first place “Ingenia Gardens”. Our oldest competitor was 103 year old Mary Birch from the “Dream Catchers” team.

Photos from the LiveLighter Bunbury Aged Care Games can be viewed here

Music Extravaganza Concert

Tickets are now available for the Music Extravaganza Concert presented by Phil Paddon and Terry Bennetts. Click on the image below for details.

Cockburn Live Lighter Activity Information Day

LiveLighter Seniors Activity/Information day in Cockburn. Wednesday 14th March saw a group of fifty enthusiastic seniors take part in a LiveLighter Activity Information Day at the Cockburn Seniors Centre. Seniors took part in a warm up routine and activities on display which included, Seniors Exergaming WA, Indoor Bowls, Quoits, Beanbag Toss, Carpet Golf, Bob (Table Billiards). The Static displays available on the day included Breastscreen WA, Independent Living Centre, Home Instead Senior Care, Australian Hearing, St Ives Home Care and Seniors Recreation Council/LiveLighter Healthway. The event commenced with morning tea and was concluded with tasty lunch of broccoli soup followed by roast chicken which was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to Penny and Julie from the Cockburn Seniors Centre, the team from Wooroloo and SRCWA’s hard working volunteers and staff for helping to make this event a great success. Thank you to LiveLighter Healthway for their sponsorship of this event and the City of Cockburn for hosting the event and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industry and Dept of & Communities for their support.

Photos from this event can be viewed here.

LiveLighter Aged Care Games Northam

On the 1st March 2018 SRCWA held the Northam LiveLighter Aged Care Games, the day was a great success with 8 teams coming together from Dowerin, Brookton, York & Northam. All the games were played with much laughter and great enthusiasm.

Before the official opening WA state President Mr Hugh Rogers introduced Caitlin Morris who performed a solo rendition of the National Anthem.

Cr. Chris Antonio, President Shire of Northam opened the games. Entertainment before the start and during the lunch break was provided by Jim Drysdale and Jenny Cole, they led the participants in a sing-a-long and everyone enjoyed their performance.

Phil Paddon, MC for the day explained the games rules to the volunteers and then called the teams to the playing area and encouraged everyone to have a good time.

Congratulation to all the participants for coming and having a go, a big thank you to Karen Ducat and to the volunteers from the SRC Avon Branch, Earth Solutions and SRCWA State Office who helped make the day a great success.

The winners of the Northam LiveLighter Aged Care Games were:- 1st Dowerin Companion Club, 352 points, 2nd Dowerin HACC 327 points & 3rd Killara Dragon Flies 302 points. The Best Presented Team was Kalkarni Curlews and the oldest competitor was Bethavon Bears’ Anna Rakowski 95 years young.

The LiveLighter Aged Care Games are Sponsored by LiveLighter Healthway, Dept of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Photos from the LiveLighter Northam Aged Care Games can be viewed here:

LiveLighter Aged Care Games Boddington

On the 21st February 2018 SRCWA held the Boddington LiveLighter Aged Care Games, the day was a great success with enthusiastic teams coming together to play adapted games for seniors in care. The games were played with a lot of fun and laughter. The children from the Boddington District School performed the National Anthem at the opening of the games. Entertainment during the lunch break was provided by a Piano Accordionist, Susan who led the participants in a sing-a-long and everyone enjoyed it. Phil Paddon, MC for the day explained the games rules to the volunteers and then called the teams to the playing area and encouraged everyone to have a good time. Congratulation to all the participants for coming and having a go, a big thank you to Dawn Newman and to the volunteers from Boddington Hospital Auxiliary, Newmont Mines and SRCWA, all the volunteers helped make the day a great success. The winners of the Boddington LiveLighter Aged Care Games were:- 1st Boddington HACC, 325 points, 2nd Harvey Southwest Community Care, 285 points & 3rd, Boddington Social Group 276. The Best Presented Team was Harvey SWCC and the oldest competitor was Gloria Batt, aged 95 years young. The LiveLighter Aged Care Games are Sponsored by LiveLighter Healthway, Dept of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industry & Dept of Communities.

Photos from the LiveLighter Boddington Aged Care Games can be viewed here:

Seniors Can’t Get Enough of Technology

Eighty Perth seniors were getting Tech Savvy. For the past few years the Seniors Recreation Council of WA (SRCWA) have been quenching a huge thirst for knowledge among Perth seniors to master modern technology. In partnership with Telstra, SRCWA continue to deliver free technology based workshops specifically for seniors. The aim of this workshop was to help break down barriers and close the gap created by the ever increasing digital divide experienced by the older generation, who in most cases have had little or no exposure to current technology.

The session held on Friday 16th January 2018, was fully booked out within four days of being announced. The official opening was by the Hon. Martin Brian Pritchard MLC, Member for North Metropolitan Region who address the seniors on behalf of Hon. Michael (Mick) Philip Murray MLA , Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation.

The session started with an overview of benefits and pitfalls of a connected environment eg Google Home, National Broadband Network status with Q&A, Boyd Brown Telstra Area General Manager WA also presented at the event. Telstra digital ambassadors were on hand to facilitate small break out groups where seniors explored and tried technology and asked relevant questions. Seniors were thrilled to be able to take part in these sessions and there was a real buzz and positive vibe around the room as seniors explore their options and what technology can do for them. Static displays at this event: Community Education Team, Consumer Protection Division, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Camera Electronic – Cameras and advice for seniors Telstra NBN Co. There were lots of prizes at the end of the event courtesy of Telstra, a Google Home Mini, HP Tablet and tickets to the Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) concert.

A big thank you to Telstra and its Digital Ambassadors, NBN Co Consumer Protection WA, Camera Electronic, and all the SRCWA volunteers for their efforts in making this a great event.

Contact the SRCWA Office on 9492 9774 to recieve information about our free events.

Photos from the SRCWA - Telstra event can be viewed here:

SRCWA 26th Annual Seniors Camp at Camp Quaranup

Monday 5th February 2018 campers arrived for the SRCWA 2018 Camp Quaranup in Albany. The camp is the ideal forum where old friendships are renewed and new ones made. During the camp participants took part in numerous activities such as bush walks, canoeing, archery, craft, line dancing, table tennis, exercise programs, a movie night and a camp concert. Talks and demonstrations from the Albany Surf Lifesaving Club were very interesting and enjoyed by all. , On Wednesday the camp participants were treated to a day out they visited the Albany Entertainment Centre for a tour, then onto a bridal museum at Wesley Church and then they all had lunch at Eyre Park which was followed by shopping on York Street. SRCWA would like to thank camp Coordinator Eileen Stark and her group of dedicated volunteers and helpers also to the Camp office and kitchen staff for all their hard work in making the SRCWA Camp Quaranup an event many look forward to annually.

Photos from the 2018 Camp at Quaranup can be viewed here.

Thank You Kate Chetwin

SRCWA held a thank you morning tea for Kate Chetwin on 20th December 2017. Kate was employed by SRCWA with a four year funded contract which was unable to be renewed due to the current economic climate. Kate came to SRCWA as a student in 2013 to work as part of the Have a Go Day team to complete her student practical placement hours prior to graduating with a Bachelor of Business, Major in Event Management & Major in Marketing. Kate has been an integral and dedicated member of this organisation for four years and will be greatly missed. Kate will continue to be a part of the SRCWA family volunteering her time at future events where ever possible.

We wish Kate all the best for her future and know she will be a great asset in any event management or administration role.

Thank You Lotterywest

Seniors Recreation Council of WA gratefully acknowledges the invaluable support of a major grant from Lotterywest towards Have a Go Day 2017 a LiveLighter Event... which celebrated 25 years in Burswood Park. Lotterywest supports local community organisations and events via income from its Lotterywest sales. Keep the money in WA and support local events and organisations by purchasing Lottery tickets from your official Lotterywestoutlet. 
Pictured:Hon. Mick Murray MLA 
Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation and SRCWA State President Mr Hugh Rogers.

Thank you Ron Alexander

Ron Alexander

SRCWA would like to say a huge thank you Ron Alexander who was the Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation from 1999-2017. Ron was instrumental in supporting SRCWA in many of its programs and services to the Seniors of WA and we are very grateful for his input. His contribution to Sport & Recreation industry in Western Australia will be long lasting and the team culture he built in the Department of Sport & Recreation during his time a Director General will continue. Once again on behalf of Seniors Recreation of WA we thank Ron for his friendship and support and wish him well for the future.

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