Policy - Social and Community

Ageing Strategies

Many councils have developed Ageing Strategies to address the needs of older people in the community. These strategies identify the impacts of an ageing population and provide a framework for response.

LGNSW has developed the Age-Friendly Toolkit to help NSW councils link their Ageing Strategies to the broader council Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan, in addition to the State Government's Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021 - 2031

The NSW Department of Communities and Justice piloted a modified sports program with six sports codes: netball, football (soccer), gymnastics, basketball, softball and table tennis.

Using the lessons learned from this pilot, a Toolkit for Modifying Your Sport was developed to help other codes to put together their own program. There are seven guidance notes, corresponding to the different stages in developing a program. The aim of this initiative is to provide low impact sporting opportunities and to help seniors stay active and connected in their communities.

Increasing Social Connection for Older People in Marginalised Communities
Social isolation can be a major problem for older people and contributes to poor physical and mental health. Social connection is an important protective factor, significantly increasing a person’s wellbeing.

NCOSS conducted a round table exercise in June 2017 to bring together members and sector stakeholders to explore the barriers and enablers to social connection for older people from marginalised communities. This Scoping Paper outlines some planning strategies for systemic response to this issue.