The City of Rockingham has facilitated an annual Seniors and Carers Expo since 2009. The goal of the expo is to provide seniors and carers with information on the services, programs, activities and community/support groups available to them. The expo aligns with the WHO Age-friendly domain ‘Communication and Information’ which highlights that staying connected with events and people, receiving practical information to manage life, and meeting personal needs are vital for active ageing. The expo also provides opportunities and information to participants about ‘social participation’ and ‘civic participation and employment.’A Working Party consisting of seniors, a care provider and City officers provides direction and assistance to the event planners. Also, up to 20 volunteers (including seniors and young people) assist at the expo each year. Feedback is sought from visitors, stall holders, volunteers and internal staff after each expo to ensure that the events are improved upon each year. For example, following feedback received that it was too far for seniors to walk from an overflow car park to the venue, a free shuttle bus service was introduced at the following year’s expo. A transport service is also available for people who do not have access to private/public transport to receive free return transport between their homes and the venue. The event is free for visitors and stall holders. The expo has grown over the years since it was first introduced in 2009. At the expo held in 2016, 2000 seniors and carers received information from four information sessions and 135 stalls (including community groups; not-for-profit organisations; aged care and service providers; local, state and federal government departments; and businesses that provide services to seniors). It has become a bustling event with many seniors looking forward to it throughout the year.
Main target group: Older people in general
Other target group(s): Carers
Sector(s): Information and communication
Desired outcome for older people:
Learn, grow and make decisions
Name: Jarvis, Rebekka
Email address: Rebekka.Jarvis@rockingham.wa.gov.auPreferred language(s): English