Age Friendly City and Community

The City of Clarence is recognised as an Age Friendly City and Community by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global network in 2014. 


What do we mean by Age Friendly?

The term age friendly means:

  • A place that enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities
  • A place that treats everyone with respect, regardless of age
  • A place that makes it easy to stay connected to those around you and those you love
  • A place that helps people stay healthy and active, even at the oldest ages.
  • A place that helps those who can no longer look after themselves to live with dignity and enjoyment.

Our guiding principles are:

  • Collaborative approaches
  • Good community governance and leadership
  • Strong partnerships
  • Innovation.

The title of an Age Friendly City and Community recognises Clarence’s work during the past 10 years to involve and cater for older residents through the delivery and ongoing improvement across eight domains identified in the WHO Age-Friendly Cites Guide:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services.


Age Friendly Clarence Plan 2018-2022

Council adopted an Age Friendly Clarence Plan 2018-2022 on 18 June 2018.

The plan provides strategic direction for Council to meet the needs and aspirations of an ageing population.

This plan builds on Council’s Positive Ageing Plan 2012-2016 and our commitment to being an age friendly city and community.

A copy of the Age Friendly Clarence Plan 2018-2022 can be found on our publications page


Positive Ageing Advisory Committee 

Clarence City Council’s Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (CPAAC) was established in October 2008. The aim of the committee is to implement Council's Age Friendly Clarence Plan 2018-2022.  

Committee members are:

  • Alderman Sharyn Von Bertouch - Chairperson
  • Alderman James Walker - Proxy Chairperson
  • Joan Carr
  • Margaret Bird
  • Marie Boden
  • Christopher Smith
  • David Rayner
  • Margaret Cairnduff
  • Kevin Huxtable
  • Maureen Newman
  • Graham Burgess
  • Julie Andersson - Council Community Planning and Development Officer

Service Representatives: 

  • Helen Pollard - CEO of South East Community Care
  • Leanne Doherty – Manager Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre


Age Friendly Projects in the City

There are many programs in Clarence to meet the needs and aspirations of our ageing population. Council is proud of the partnerships it has established with community organisations to establish programs activities benefit the Clarence community.

Some of our programs include:

  • Food Connections Clarence – To increase access and supply of nutritious food for older, isolated people in our community. A chance to meet new people or catch up with old friends while enjoying a wholesome meal at various locations in Clarence.
  • Thursday’s at Alma’s – A free program of activities at Alma’s Activities Centre
  • Live Well. Live Long. – A 12 week free, informative, interactive and educative program that provides a holistic approach to health and wellness. Three, 12-week programs are held at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre.
  • Gentle Exercise – Two free gentle exercise programs are held on Fridays at Rokeby and Risdon Vale
  • aWake before death – An award winning collaborative project to promote and educate all people about end-of-life planning.
  • Our Shared Spaces – A partnership between CPAAC and our Youth Network Advisory Group to tackle issues of safety, the intergeneration divide and ageism.
  • Clarence Positive Ageing Network (PAN) Forum for Service Providers – CPAAC facilitates this forum for service providers and organisations to come together and share information.
  • Planting Ahead Guide – How does your garden grow – provides information on simple ways to help transform gardens into more easy care, low maintenance and water wise.
  • Men’s/Community Sheds – Council is a proud partner of men’s/community sheds in Clarence, such as the Howrah Men’s Shed, Clarence Plains Community Shed, and the Risdon Vale Community Shed.
  • Community Bus Partnership – Through a partnership with community organisations, an 11-seat community bus takes people of all ages to social, recreational and cultural activities.
  • Clarence Community Volunteer Service – Council partners with the Clarence Community Volunteer Service to provide volunteer-based services to older people and to younger people who live with a disability.
  • Get Going Guide


Alma's Activities Centre

Alma’s Activities Centre offers a range of activities and programs, facilities for hire, and the communal area called Alma’s Bar and Lounge.

Alma’s Activities Centre is located at Alma Street in Bellerive. The building is currently undergoing a redevelopment to become a more accessible and inclusive space.

To find out more information about Alma’s Activities Centre, contact:

Sue Fewkes

Centre Manager

6244 4264 /

The centre manager is on site from Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 4pm.


More Information

For more information on our Age Friendly status and the projects listed above, visit  

You can also contact Council’s Community Planning and Development Officer, on 6217 9597 or email