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Tom Foster Community Care

Tom Foster Community Centre

QIP is an approved Third Party Verifier against the New South Wales Disability Services Standards.Tom Foster Community Care has achieved verification against the New South Wales Disability Services Standards.

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Tom Foster Community Care provides services to older people, people with a disability and carers who live in their own homes within the local area. These services assist people to continue to live independently in the community.

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Food Services

The Tom Foster Meals on Wheels Service provides a range of fresh nutritious meals which are delivered by volunteers. The service is available for citizens living in the local area who are frail aged, have a disability or are a carer.

On a daily basis there is a choice of three main meals. Sandwiches, dessert and drinks are optional. Meals may be frozen, chilled or hot. Chilled and frozen meals are delivered in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hot meals are delivered at lunch time daily Monday to Friday. There are no deliveries on weekends or public holidays.

Clients may be invoiced weekly or fortnightly. Payments can be made by direct debit, cheque, money order or credit card.

All meals are prepared at Tom Foster using fresh ingredients. Tom Foster Food Services meet and maintain required FSANZ food safety standards.

Benefits include:

  • Individual meal plans
  • Meals are prepared on site by qualified chef and catering staff
  • A choice of three meal options per day and a four-week rotating menu
  • Sandwiches, desserts, and juice may also be purchased
  • Meals may be delivered as chilled, frozen or hot
  • A home visit by a community worker to discuss meals, costs and referrals to home support services if required
  • Seasonal menus, e.g. salads in summer
  • Health and safety check
  • Meal delivery reduces shopping needs
  • Flexible delivery service

Helpful links

For more information email madeleine.farrell@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call on (02) 9335 2153.

My Aged Care

All requests for new services for people aged 65 years and older (50 years and older for people who identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, people on a low income, and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness) must be made through My Aged Care.

My Aged Care gives people more choice, more control and easier access to a full range of aged care services.

My Aged Care is an Australian Government website – www.myagedcare.gov.au – and phone contact centre – 1800 200 422.

My Aged Care helps with information about aged care services including:

  • different types of aged care services
  • eligibility for services
  • aged care needs and finding local services to assist
  • costs of aged care services

The contact centre helps a client to work out services that will support them and whether an assessment is required to access services.

They will ask for consent to create a personalised client record. A client record holds up-to-date informaiton on the client's needs and services that are received.

They will ask questions about services that are being received (if any), any health concerns, safety in the home, and what the client thinks will help them to best manage activities in the home.

Marrickville Social Support Service

Staff and volunteers provide assistance and support through a range of services and activities including home visiting. The Marrickville Social Support Service is a partnership between Inner West Council and the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

Am I eligible for this service?

You are eligible if you are frail aged, have a disability or are a carer. The service is for citizens who live in the local area.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for this service.

What does the program offer?

  • Visiting on a regular basis, for example to go for a coffee and have a chat.
  • Personal shopping assistance, for example clothes.
  • Going out with a volunteer.
  • Escorting – assistance with going to appointments.
  • Telephoning – making a regular phone call for a friendly chat.
  • Help with small tasks around the home, excluding housework and meal preparation.

What are the benefits?

  • Be part of your community;
  • enjoy interaction with others; and
  • enjoy stimulating conversation with people who share common interests and ideas.

How can I apply?

Phone (02) 9392 5187 for information. If you are 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) call My Aged Care on 1800 200 244 or go to www.myagedcare.gov.au to be referred.

Our Social Support Program Officer will visit you at home to provide information and find out about your interests.

All services are provided by volunteers. Volunteers undergo a Criminal Record Check and reference checks.

Helpful links

For further information and enquiries email leanne.elsworthy@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call 9392 5187.

Seniors' social groups

Inner West Council facilitates several seniors' groups. These groups meet at Tom Foster Community Care on a regular basis and go on monthly bus outings.

  • The Tom Foster Seniors Group meet three times per month on Fridays and go on a bus outing on the fourth Friday.
  • The Chinese Seniors Group meet three times per month on Mondays which includes a bus outing.
  • The Portuguese Seniors Group meets every Thursday and go on a bus outing once a month.
  • The Sydenham-Tempe-St Peters Group go on a bus outing on a Wednesday.

While at the centre, group members participate in activities such as:

  • Tai chi and gentle exercise
  • Trivia and craft 
  • Games and entertainment 
  • Guest speakers and special events

There is a fee for bus outings and centre based meals.

For further information email natasha.hughes@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call 9392 5187.

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Seniors' gentle exercise and yoga groups

A gentle exercise group is held at Tom Foster Community Care from 11.15am to 12.15pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

A yoga group is also held at Tom Foster Community Care on the first Wednesday of every month from 11am to 12 noon.

Advantages include:

  • Improvement of fitness and well-being
  • Improvement of circulation and balance
  • Relaxation and helps with stress
  • A one hour exercise session facilitated by qualified instructors
  • A healthy light lunch
  • Meeting new people and having fun.

Transport can be arranged if required. There is a fee for these activities.

For further information contact megan.roberts@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5187.

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Nia dance group for seniors

June, July and August 2018

Nia danceAn expressive body-mind-spirit movement practice that conditions the whole body.

Based upon nine movement forms: dance arts, martial arts, healing arts and a philosophy of "Through Movement We Find Health"

  • Location: Tom Foster Community Centre, 11-13 Darley Street, Newtown (enter from Edgeware Road if coming by car)
  • Day: Wednesday 20 June, Wednesday 18 July and Wednesday 15 August
  • Time: 11am to 12 noon
  • Cost: $3.00 plus $4.00 for a light lunch (optional)

For more information please phone Megan on 9335 2187

Presented by Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre and Inner West Council

General information

The following programs are a partnership between Inner West Council, the Commonwealth Home Support Program, and Ageing, Disability and Home care:

  • Food Services
  • Marrickville Social Support Program

The following programs are an Inner West Council initiative:

  • Seniors' activity groups
  • Seniors' gentle exercise and yoga group


Volunteers perform a vital community role in helping individuals maintain an independent lifestyle.

Volunteering opportunities at Tom Foster include:

  • Food services volunteers
    The meals on wheels program operates Mondays to Fridays. Deliveries leave the centre between 8.00am and 10.45am. Two volunteers go on each delivery a driver and a volunteer who takes the meals into the client's home. Volunteers are reimbursed for expenses and generally work once per week or once per fortnight.
  • Marrickville Social Support Service
    The Marrickville Social Support Service operates Monday to Sunday. Volunteers assist by providing social interaction through a range of activities. This can include home visiting, going out for a coffee, accompanying clients to appointments or personal shopping.

Volunteers are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses. Volunteers visit the same client on a regular basis.

Potential volunteers are invited to come into Tom Foster Community Care for an interview. Volunteers are required to supply two character references and undergo a criminal record check.

Advantages include:

  • Meeting others who share common interests and ideas
  • Learning new skills
  • Training opportunities
  • Social events
  • Participation in the community
  • Making a difference

For more information please email madeleine.farrell@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9335 2153.

History of Tom Foster Community Care

Tom Foster Community Care (then called the Tom Foster Welfare Centre) was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Sydney. Alderman Harry Jensen on 11 March 1964. At that time Newtown was part of the City of Sydney local government area.

It was named in honour of Tom Foster, who was an alderman of the City of Sydney Council and who had campaigned for a centre in Newtown. The name was chosen by citizens of Newtown and was passed by a resolution of the Council in October 1963.

At the opening of the Centre, Foster was quoted as saying that he had experienced loneliness and could well appreciate the loneliness suffered by many older people living alone.

Foster had worked for 18 years as an employee of the City of Sydney Council, resigning in 1956 to stand as an alderman for Newtown. He served until the City wards were split up in 1966. Part of Newtown was then incorporated into the Marrickville Municipality in 1968. Foster then stood as an alderman for the Enmore Ward of Marrickville Council. He was elected in 1968 and served until 1974. Tom Foster was Mayor of Marrickville from 1969 to 1971.