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Tom Foster Community Care

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Tom Foster Community Care

Tom Foster Community Centre

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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 in the Marrickville local government area. These services assist people to continue to live independently in the community.

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History of the Tom Foster Community Centre

The Tom Foster Centre (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 fully part of the City of Sydney.

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 after direct representation from citizens of Newtown. The name was resolved by 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.

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 Marrickville and Leichhardt local government areas that are frail aged, have a disability or are a carer.

On a daily basis there is a choice of two 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.

  • Individual meal plans
  • Meals are prepared on site by qualified chef and catering staff
  • A choice of two 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 the community worker to discuss meals, costs and referrals if required
  • Seasonal menus
  • Health and safety check
  • Meal delivery reduces shopping needs
  • Flexible delivery service

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For more information please contact the Administrator via email on tfadmin@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or call on (02) 9335 2153.

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 Marrickville Council, Commonwealth Home, Community Care Program (HACC) and the NSW Department of Family & Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

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 Marrickville local government area.

How much does it cost?

Most services are free; however, there is a small contribution for a bus outing.

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.
  • Outings – attending a regular bus outing.
  • Escorting – assistance with going to appointments.
  • Telephoning – making a regular phone call for a friendly chat.
  • Help with small tasks around the home.

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?

You can phone the Marrickville Social Support Service on (02) 9335 2187, or you can ask someone to apply on your behalf or you can email tsocsu@marrickville.nsw.gov.au.

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 contact via email on tsocsu@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or call the Social Support Program Officer on 9335 2187.

Tom Foster Seniors Social Groups

Marrickville 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 a Wednesday.
  • 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 exercises 
  • Trivia and Craft 
  • Games and Entertainment 
  • Guest speakers and Special events

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

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Seniors Gentle Exercise and Yoga Groups

A gentle exercise group is held at Tom Foster Community Care from 11am to 12.30pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. This is done in partnership with Marrickville Council.

A yoga group is also held at Tom Foster Community Care on the first Wednesday of every month from 11am to 12.30pm.

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 provided for those who require it. There is a fee for these activities.

For further information contact the Team Leader Community Support Program via email on tlcsp@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or phone 9335 2187.

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Dementia Support Service

Volunteers visit service users, who have dementia on a regular basis. The service is available for citizens living in the Marrickville Council and Leichhardt Council areas.

The aims of the program are:

  • to share a meal and provide social contact;
  • to improve nutrition and well being;
  • to maintain independence;
  • to assist with meal preparation and encourage fluid intake; and
  • check fridge contents and use-by dates of food items.

Volunteers are provided with training and support by staff. There is no charge for this service.

For further information contact Team Leader Community Support Program via email on tlcsp@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9335 2187.

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Volunteering

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 to the Marrickville Council and Leichhardt Council areas leave the centre between 8.00am and 11.45am. Two volunteers go on each delivery a driver and a volunteer who takes the meals into the service user'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 and generally visit the same service user once per week or once per fortnight.

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 police check.

Advantages include:

  • meeting others who share common interests and ideas;
  • learning new skills;
  • training opportunities;
  • social events;
  • participation in the community; and
  • making a difference.

Helpful links

For more information please contact the Administrator via email tfadmin@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or call on (02) 9335 2153.