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.

Clarence City Council joined the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2014.  The aged friendly title recognises council’s work to involve and cater to older residents and to be more inclusive to people of all ages. The council focuses on delivery and ongoing improvement of factors across eight sectors identified in the WHO Age-Friendly Cities 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.

Alma’s Activities Centre

Please note: Alma’s Activities Centre is currently closed.

Located in a beautiful historic building in central Bellerive, the centre offers a range of activities and programs for people of all ages. Facilities are available for regular or
casual hire. Open seven days per week, the centre is the heart of Age Friendly Clarence.

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 please contact the centre coordinator:

03 6244 4264 / almascentre@ccc.tas.gov.au

The centre coordinator is on site from Monday-Thursday, 12.00pm-4.00pm.

Age friendly projects in the city

There are many programs in Clarence to meet the needs and aspirations of our ageing population. We are proud of the partnerships that have established with community organisations to establish programs and activities that benefit the Clarence community.

aWake before Death

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aWake Before Death is a collaborative project to promote and educate all people about end-of-life planning. The project is a collaborative partnership between: 

  • Clarence City Council’s Positive Ageing Network (PAN), the former Clarence Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (CPAAC), and the Clarence Community Volunteer Service.

  • Fairway Rise Retirement Living Village.

  • Salmutations – Music Therapy.

  • Community Conversations.

  • Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre (WMNC).

  • Palliative Care Tasmania.

More information on aWake Before Death, including resources, can be found at www.awakebeforedeath.org.au.

For information on grief and loss support please find a list of local support services here.

Be Connected Clarence

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This program is currently under review, if you require support, please call council to find other options in Clarence.

Be Connected is an Australia-wide initiative which aims to empower all Australians to be able to thrive in a digital world. Clarence City Council is one of the local organisations facilitating Be Connected sessions for older adults.

Be Connected Clarence participants learn skills such as how to use email, navigate the internet, smartphone use, video calling, the Check in Tas App and so much more.

In partnership with Rosny Library, the program is delivered by volunteer facilitators. The program runs over a four-week period, one session a week, and provides an opportunity for further individual questions with an additional IT Help session afterward.

The Programs are held at the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre on Monday afternoons.

Registration is essential. To find out about upcoming programs, please contact Community Planning and Development Officer, Allyson Byrne on 6217 9598 or abyrne@ccc.tas.gov.au

To learn more, watch the Be Connected video here. 

Clarence Community Volunteer Service

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The Clarence Community Volunteer Service offers a range of services to residents of Clarence to support them to remain living within their own homes and connect to their local community. The support service is available to people 65 years or older (50 years or older and identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person) needing support to live independently in the City.

More information on this service can be found on the Volunteer with us page.

Clarence Local Volunteer Network Group

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You can join the Clarence Local Volunteer Network Group by registering here.

Council was delighted to partner with Volunteering Tasmania and community members in Clarence to build a robust volunteering strategy to guide the city’s future.

Council worked with Volunteering Tasmania to establish the Clarence Local Volunteer Network Group (CLVNG). This group helped develop a community-based volunteering strategy that is area-specific and will deliver valuable outcomes to Clarence. Community members in Clarence began meeting in September 2020 to assist in creating the local strategy that future proofs volunteering in Clarence.

Progress update: 

On the 30 August 2021, council endorsed the five-year Community Volunteer Sustainability Strategy, and committed to the ongoing facilitation of the Clarence Local Volunteer Network Group (CLVNG). The group will work collaboratively and take responsibility for tackling the focus areas identified.  The focus areas are:

    • Flexible and Diverse Volunteering Opportunities;
    • Volunteer Culture – Awareness and Exposure;
    • Best Practise Volunteer Management;
    • Volunteer Recognition;
    • Demand for Volunteers;
    • Clarence Volunteering Collaboration; and
    • Youth Participation.

You can read the Community Volunteer Sustainability Strategy – City of Clarence here.

Visit the Volunteering Tasmania website here to find out more about volunteering in Tasmania.

For further information: 

As volunteering is one of the biggest industries in Tasmania it is crucial there are enough volunteers to meet the future needs over the next ten years and beyond starting from now. If you are interested in hearing more about this project or becoming a member of the local working group, please register here or contact Julie Andersson on 6217 9597 or by email at: jandersson@ccc.tas.gov.au.

In addition to the Safeguarding Volunteering Project, Volunteering Tasmania also assisted produce a series of short films with local volunteers. The films celebrate and promote the valuable contribution volunteers make in Clarence and encourage people to volunteer in the community to support recovery efforts.

You can view the series of short films featuring local volunteers here.

Some members of the Clarence Local Network Volunteer Group.

Clarence Positive Ageing Network (PAN) Forum for Service Providers

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This forum is for services and organisations who support older adults in Clarence, to come together and share information.

Clarence Positive Ageing Network Forums run four times a year and new people are always welcome to attend. 2022 meetings will be held in various locations across Clarence. All meetings are held from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm.

2023 Dates

23 February             Wintringham – 18 Wentworth Street, Bellerive

25 May                      Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre – 85 Tollard Drive, Rokeby

31 August                 Rosny Library – 46 Bligh Street, Rosny

23 November          Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre – 150A  Bligh Street, Warrane


For more information, contact our Community Planning and Development Officer on 03 6217 9598 or email abyrne@ccc.tas.gov.au.

Community bus partnerships

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Through a partnership with community organisations, an 11-seat community bus takes people of all ages to social, recreational and cultural activities in and around our city.

To find out about how to the bus operates or to book:

  • Risdon Vale –  contact the Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre on 03 6243 5752.
  • Warrane Mornington – contact the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre on 03 6244 6346.
  • South Arm/Opossum Bay – contact 0407 875 460.

Dementia Friendly Cafes in Clarence

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Moto Vecchia in Bellerive and Czegs in Richmond have been working with council to create a café space where those with dementia and their caregivers can enjoy a cuppa and yummy snacks with like-minded people.

The Dementia-friendly café runs weekly sessions:
Tuesdays – Czegs in Richmond 2.30pm-4.00pm
Wednesdays – Moto Vecchia 12.30pm-2.00pm.

Each cafe has speciality menus and service options. All staff have undertaken Dementia Friends Training, provided large print menus, have improved larger signage for this audience, note fine details when taking orders and provide great food and coffee!

Watch this space more cafes in Clarence will be supporting this initiative soon.

Food Connections Clarence

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Food Connections Clarence aims to increase access and supply of nutritious food for older, isolated people in our community.

The program gives participants a chance to meet new people or catch up with old friends while enjoying a wholesome meal at various locations in Clarence.

You can find more information on the program and locations here.

For up-to-date information on this program, follow Food Connections Clarence on Facebook.

Get Going Guide

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The Get Going Guide is a biennial publication initiated by the former Clarence Positive Ageing Advisory Committee.

The publication is a valuable resource in helping residents find out about what is going on in our city. It includes information on getting around Clarence and the many activities in the city.

Click on the following link for the 2020 Guide – Get Going Guide 2020.

For more information on the Get Going Guide, contact our Community Planning and Development Officer on 6217 9597 or email jandersson@ccc.tas.gov.au.

GLAM’d – Generations Linking and Making a Difference Project

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Initiated to support an area of need identified through multiple consultations with younger and older residents in Clarence, the Generations Linking and Making a Difference (GLAM’d) LGBTIQ+ intergenerational project was made possible by council allocating resources through Age Friendly Clarence Plan 2018-2022, and funding from the Tasmanian Government.

The aim of the GLAM’d project was to work with the local community in Clarence who identify as LGBTIQ+ to co-design and deliver an intergenerational art project that raised awareness and created greater understanding of the issues and needs across the diversity of younger and older people of all abilities in the city.

A co-design process was used to support ownership and outcomes of the project while keeping everyone safe and motivated. Multiple outcomes were achieved in a short space of time, creating significant community benefits including:

  • A shared vision for GLAM’d.
  • Participation in the Pride Parade.
  • Sponsorship to Working It Out (WIO) for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia IDAHOBIT and Dorothies Awards.
  • Drawing workshops.
  • A ‘Zine’.
  • A Guide for Allies.
  • A GLAM’d gallery.
  • The Glammer’s community group.

For more information, please read the Project Report here.

The ‘Zine’

The ‘Zine’ provided the opportunity for people to reflect on their relationship to their identity and the world around them, through a ten question interview, artwork, recipes, creative writing, and a 222 song playlist. You can view the ‘Zine’ here.

The Guide for Allies

The topic of the ‘Zine’ was pride and ally-ship. Many allies stand up for LGBTIQ+ people in their own communities, and this guide was developed by the Glammer’s  for allies. You can view the Guide for Allies here.

Glammer’s and future projects

The Clarence Glammer’s have become a great community resource and reference group. To find out more or register your interest in future projects, please contact Julie Andersson on 03 6217 9597 or by email at jandersson@ccc.tas.gov.au.

Live Well. Live Long.

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Live Well, Live Long is a 12 week FREE, informative, interactive, and educative program that provides a holistic approach to health and wellness.

Three programs are held each year at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre.

2022 program dates

15 February – 10 May – Program 1 cancelled due to COVID-19
17 May – 2 August
9 August – 25 October

Classes run every Tuesday from 12.30pm.

To find out more about Live Well, Live Long please contact the Clarence Integrated Care Centre at Rosny Park on 03 6282 0350.

Due to changing COVID restrictions and considerations some sessions may be cancelled at the discretion of facilitators. Please check with the Clarence Integrated Care Centre for changes.

Participants from the 2021 Live Well, Live Long program. 

The Live Well, Live Long Program transitioned to community radio for the 2020 program to keep our community connected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The topics explored in 2020 to support your health and wellbeing, are just as relevant at this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the topics include:

  • Staying well, staying positive
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Exercise at home
  • Sleep
  • Relaxation and much more!

You can catch-up and listen to the conversations here.

Watch out for updates on Program 2 starting in May 2022.

Video – Ambassadors of the Program

Live Well, Live Long has been recognised for its innovation and success by receiving an Allied Health Award in 2017 for ‘Working in Partnerships’ by the Tasmanian Allied Health Professional Advancement Committee.

With the prize money received, the partnership group made a short video with past participants and presenters to showcase the benefits of the program locally and across Tasmania. As a result of the program’s success, it has now been adopted by the Glenorchy City Council and the City of Launceston.

You can view the video here.

Men's/community sheds

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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.

To find out more about men’s/community sheds in the city:

  • Clarence Plains Community Shed – phone 03 6247 8761 (9.00am-3.00pm, Wednesday-Friday) or email cpcshed@gmail.com
  • Howrah Men’s Shed – www.howrahmensshed.org
  • Risdon Vale Community Shed – phone the Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre on 03 6243 5752

To find other sheds in Tasmania: www.tasmanianmensshed.org.au/

Our Shared Space

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Our Shared Space is a partnership between the former Clarence Positive Ageing Advisory Committee and our Youth Network Advisory Group.  

Our Shared Space tackles the issues of safety, the intergenerational divide, and ageism. 

The program does this through advocacy and activities including an intergenerational playgroup called Play Through the Ages, all ages activities which have included quiz nights, and recently an all-ages community crocheted Christmas Tree project.  


Our Shared Space invited community members of all ages to make crochet squares to contribute to the tree.  

There were several workshops held where people could come along and learn how to crochet. 

We would like to thank Bayview Secondary College for hosting a workshop with students, Rosny Library for hosting a cuppa and crochet corner, the members of former CPAAC and YNAG, and the extremely talented Clarence community who contributed to the tree.  

The tree was showcased at the recent Swinging Christmas event held at Rosny Barn.  



Swinging Christmas photo credit: Rosie Hastie Photography.


For more information on the Our Shared Space program, contact our Community Planning and Development Officer on 03 6217 9598 or email abyrne@ccc.tas.gov.au. 

Stay tuned for exciting activities planned for 2023.  


Planting Ahead Guide

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How does your garden grow is a publication that provides information on simple ways to create more easy care, low maintenance, and water-wise gardens.

Click on the following link to read How does your garden grow – Planting ahead guide.

How Does Your Garden Grow – Planting Ahead Guide

For more information contact us on 03 6217 9597 or 03 6217 9623.

Play Through the Ages

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In partnership with Families Tasmania, Clarence City Council run a series of intergenerational playgroup sessions throughout the year.

Older adults living in Clarence are invited to come along and join the children from the Clarence City Council Family Day Care Scheme for a morning of fun, adventure and storytelling.

Sessions are held at Alma’s Activities Centre in Bellerive.

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.
To book and for more information please contact Allyson Byrne:
Email: abyrne@ccc.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6217 9598
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming sessions!

Retirement Village Living Survey and Research Program.

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Do you live in a retirement village? Would like you to share your experiences and ideas?

If so, we invite you to complete a survey about retirement village living in Australia.

This project seeks to identify why older people choose to live in villages and consider how villages could be made more affordable.

This study is led by the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

The research will be conducted in Tasmania, New South Wales, and Queensland between July 2021 and June 2022.

Through a final report, this research project will provide a comprehensive account that draws upon residents’ experiences of retirement village living, their satisfaction with the housing and facilities offered, their reflection on value for money, and their relationship with operators.  The industry’s reflections on their current operations and governance, and avenues for improvement, will also be reported.

As Tasmania’s first council to join the World Health Organisation (WHO) Age-Friendly City and Community Global Network, we encourage our residents living in retirement villages in Clarence to get involved in this project.

The survey has been extended and will now close on 30 September 2021.

By taking part you can enter a draw to win 1 of 4 $50 Coles Myer gift vouchers.

For more information and to access the survey, please visit unsw.to/RV_survey.

For further information, please contact Dr Max Travers, Social Services, University of Tasmania 03 6226 2750.

Sharing is Caring - Dementia Carers Research

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Council worked with UTAS Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and the Kiama Municipal Council in New South Wales on a 12 month project to attain stories from the carers of people with dementia.

Stories of finding meaning in caregiving from family members of people living with dementia was led by UTAS researchers and council contributed to the program through promotion and engagement with community members.

More information and videos from some of the participants can be found on the UTAS website here. If you are a primary carer you are welcome to provide your details through this portal if you have a story you would like to share, this will be an ongoing project.

Both Clarence City Council and Kiama Municipal Council are members of the World Health Organisation Age Friendly Cities and Communities which is why UTAS approached us for participation in the project.

Seniors Week

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Seniors Week is an annual event in October and Clarence City Council partners with other local organisations to run an event during the week that promotes health and wellbeing activities for people over 65 years of age.

This year there are two events, a free screening of the film ‘Live The Life You Please’ and a free high tea event ‘Do you remember when’ – a morning of storytelling and sharing about the history of Clarence since the 1930s. You can find details on our events page here.

Staying Stronger and Gentle Movement Exercise Programs

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Council sponsors two free gentle exercise programs in the city. These programs are held on a Friday at the following locations:

  • Rokeby – 9.00am-10.00am, Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre, Tollard Drive in Rokeby.
    Facilitator: Paul Hamilton, a highly qualified fitness leader with years of experience. Paul runs his own business, All About Fitness and facilitates simple, safe, fun and effective exercise classes.
    Phone 03 6247 6778.
  • Risdon Vale – Stay Tuned for NEW classes in 2022

Bookings are essential. For more information about the programs, please contact the centres on the above numbers.

Supporting the residential aged care workforce for COVID-19 recovery

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FINAL REPORT now available here.

This was a project run by the University of Tasmania with partial funding from Clarence City Council.

The project examined the impact of COVID-19 on staff working in Tasmanian Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). This involved a recruitment process commencing in the Clarence local government area and later broadening to incorporate other local government areas across Tasmania.

Qualitative in-depth interviews with twenty staff across a diversity of roles, from twenty one RACFs were conducted. Eleven participants were recruited from the City of Clarence.

The findings indicated that the pandemic deepened the stressors and placed extra demands on the residential aged care workforce during an already stressful environment. This directly impacted the health and wellbeing of the aged care workforce and of older residents, by intensifying existing issues of ageism, stigma, and person centred care.

Nine recommendations were generated with some suggested strategies on how they may be addressed. Of significance to council, were the recommendations to: support age friendly communities, programs, and initiatives; promote aged care to the community and future workforce; and recognise the contributions of, and invest in, residential aged care staff.

Clarence was Tasmania’s first council to be endorsed as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City and Community in 2014. Council has built an established reputation as an innovator and leader in working with the community to support and develop programs and initiatives for people of all ages and abilities, from a life course approach.

Council welcomes the opportunities that the report provides to help build continued collaborations with the RACFs workers and residents in Clarence.

For more information on the project contact Dr Peta Cook, email: Peta.Cook@utas.edu.au or call 03 6226 4726.


WHO Global Report on Ageism

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In 2016 the World Health Assembly asked World Health Organisation (WHO) to lead a global campaign to combat ageism.

WHO collaborated with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the United Nations Population Fund, to develop the Global Report on Ageism 2021.1

While COVID-19 has affected people of all ages, it has also amplified the attitudes and behaviours that existed prior to the pandemic i.e. older people being seen as uniformly frail and vulnerable, and younger people being seen as invincible, or as reckless and irresponsible.

Ageism takes on different forms across the life course or lifetime:
o Stereotyping = how we think
o Prejudice = how we feel
o Discrimination = how we act

The vision is this report is a world for all ages, one in which age-based stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination do not limit our opportunities, health, wellbeing and dignity.

We all have a role to play in preventing and responding to ageism. This report provides the evidence for stakeholders including governments, to help the WHO vision become a reality through concrete actions.

You can read the WHO Report on Ageism here.


The purpose of the WHO Report on Ageism Discussion Paper is for the former Positive Ageing Advisory Committee (CPAAC) to brief Council on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Report on Ageism, including the global strategies and recommendations for action.

You can read the WHO Report on Ageism Discussion Paper here.

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