Inner West Council

Ashfield Council sponsors a program of activities designed to keep people active, informed and involved.

Seniors Theatre Playgroup
Council is very pleased to announce a series of theatre workshops specifically for seniors. Participants will be led through games and exercises exploring imagination, personal experiences and ensemble building. Delving into methods of storytelling, improvisation and gentle physical playfulness, the Seniors Playgroup will re-ignite inner creativity and focus on building community and being a little silly. These workshops are free, but bookings are essential: contact Julia on 9716 1819.

When:  Fridays, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, commencing Friday 5 August 2016
Where: Activity Room 4, Irene Williams Room, Civic Centre 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield
Cost: Free

For more information phone Julia on 9716 1819.

Tai Chi
The benefits of Tai Chi are well documented and most practitioners support this practice as a means to help improve both physical health and emotional well-being.  Tai Chi is a series of slow, relaxed movements that will not put added strain on muscles.  Ashfield Council is very pleased to offer two classes each week, free of charge.  Tai Chi in the Park is an outdoor class and Tai Chi at Exodus is an indoor class:

Tai Chi in the Park
(The park is bordered by Parramatta, Orpington, Pembroke & Ormond Roads)
Weekly, commencing 10am to 11am, Wednesday, 3rd February 2016.  Everyone welcome.  Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.  Take water and a hat.  The class is held outdoors during school terms, not school holidays.  No charge.

Tai Chi at Exodus
(180 Liverpool Road Ashfield)
Weekly, on Fridays.  Please contact Exodus on 8752 4600 to check when these classes start up again in 2016. Everyone welcome.  Wear comfortable clothing and footwear and take your own water.  This class is held indoors.  There is no charge.

Table Tennis
Weekly, each Thursday commencing 9.30am to 12.30, Thursday Michael Maher Room Haberfield Centre, 78-80 Dalhousie Street Haberfield – in the same building as the Haberfield Library.

Please wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear.  Introduce yourself to Luigi the coordinator when you first arrive.  There is a charge of 50 cents to cover the costs of morning tea.

All equipment is provided or you can bring your own.

Seniors Aquatic Classes
If you are looking for a gentle exercise that has little or no impact on your joints, then the Gentle Aqua Exercise classes are for you!  Classes are weekly, on Tuesdays & Fridays, 8.30am-9.00am, at the Ashfield Aquatic Centre, 160 Elizabeth Street Croydon. 

Participants pay entry in to the pool and then the class is free.  Phone Aquatic Centre on 9797 8420 for more information.                                                 

Fitter and Stronger
The Fitter and Stronger class is a good way to challenge your total body fitness while you’re having fun.
The class includes a warm-up, aerobics, strength exercises using resistance equipment and a cool-down with stretching and relaxation.
These classes are designed to improve your strength, fitness, flexibility & balance. Weekly, on Saturdays from 9.15am to 10.15am.  There is a charge for these classes and if you are an Ashfield Council resident you are eligible for a subsidy of $3 per class.  For more information and to register please contact SHARE Health 9533 4422.

Seniors bus outings
Ashfield Council provides free bus outings for senior residents who live in the Ashfield Council area. This is an opportunity for senior residents to get out and about, socialise and enjoy the company of others.  

Passengers are picked up from their homes and returned to their homes at the end of the trip.  Passengers are welcome to bring their carer with them.  

A qualified bus driver and assistant are in attendance on Council's 18 seater wheelchair accessible bus.

Sometimes there is a small cost for lunch and entry fees depending on the location.  If this is the case, passengers are advised well in advance.

All of the outings are on a Wednesday and bookings are essential.  Local seniors can book for a maximum of 3 (three) trips and priority is given to people who have not already had a trip.  Every effort is made to accomodate requests but cannot be guarranteed.  A waiting list is established for all of the outings.  To make a booking phone Julia on 9716 1819 or email



Yoga for Over 55's! 

These sessions are held weekly all year round.  The 2016 program will commence on Wednesday 13th January 2016.

Session 1:  Wednesdays, 9.30am to 10.30am at the Cadigal Room, Aquatic Centre, Elizabeth Street Croydon

Session 2:  Wednesdays, 11am to 12noon, Ashfield Civic Centre 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield.

Passes for the sessions can be purchased at Customer Services at the Ashfield Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield, for $3 per session.  People can buy as many as they want. Mats are provided if required.

Nationally, the senior population is growing and the tendency to ‘take it easy’ and extended periods of sitting will quickly lead to joint deterioration and lack of flexibility.  There are many more health concerns linked to sedentary lifestyle including:

•High blood pressure


•Chronic pain

•Increased body fat and decreased lean body tissue


Regular yoga practice has been shown to alleviate or reduce many of these health challenges. An experienced yoga teacher will guide participants through stretching and strength building yoga exercises appropriate to individual capacity.

For more information phone Julia 9716 1819 or email juliap

Ashfield's 'Walking for Pleasure' Club


Get out and about with a "Walking for Pleasure" Club! Fortnightly walks.

Participants are advised that it is a condition of their participation in any Walking for Pleasure activity that they do so at their own risk.  The NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and any activity leaders or co-ordinators do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to any participant or participants’ property however it may occur. Participants should seek their own insurance cover for all such risks. Serious injuries may be covered by the Sporting Injuries Act depending on the particular circumstances and the severity of the injury.

Walkers should consult their GP before commencing any form of physical activity.

For more information and programs contact the Walking for Pleasure Coordinator, NSW Sport and Recreation, Central Region 131302 or 02 9006 3700.

Ashfield Men's Shed

Ashfield Men's Shed

The Ashfield Men's Shed run at the Mary MacKillop Outreach centre at 1-5 Rogers Avenue Haberfield, is a social group for retired men, war veterans and men living in local licensed boarding houses. Activities of the group include making furniture for local nursing homes and the St Vincent De Paul Society. This initiative is run by Mary MacKillop Outreach and sponsored by Ashfield Council.

If you are interested in the activities of the Ashfield Men's Shed please telephone Mary Mackillop Outreach on 02 8752 2500.

The Ashfield Seniors Action Committee

Ashfield Seniors Action Committee meets quarterly to share information, get informed on local issues and provide feedback and advice to Council. This group welcomes new members who take an interest in the wellbeing of seniors in the Ashfield community.  The Committee has representatives from many different seniors groups in the local area.  For more information or if you are interested in joining this meeting please call Ashfield Council on Tel: (02) 9716 1841.

The Cat Rescue "Seniors for Seniors" Program

Rediscover the joy of caring for a cat! Having an animal as a companion can provide great pleasure and enhance health and wellbeing. The ‘Seniors for Seniors’ program is a program that places an adult cat in need of care, with a local resident. An adult cat is matched as closely as possible, with the person taking part in the program. Care of the cat may be permanent or temporary and different cats may be requiring different levels of care depending on their history. For more information please visit