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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Most services are free; however, there is a small contribution for a bus outing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Marrickville Council facilitates several seniors’ groups. These groups meet at Tom Foster Community Care on a regular basis and go on monthly bus outings.
While at the centre, group members participate in activities such as:
There is a fee for bus outings and centre based meals.
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.
Transport can be provided for those who require it. There is a fee for these activities.
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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:
Volunteers are provided with training and support by staff. There is no charge for this service.
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Volunteers perform a vital community role in helping individuals maintain an independent lifestyle.
Volunteering opportunities at Tom Foster include:
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.
For more information please contact the Administrator via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on (02) 9335 2153.