From small beginnings come great things
Bathurst Seymour Centre’s origins began in 1980 when a small group of Bathurst locals recognised the need for a day activity centre for frail older people. The first centre operated from a church hall and was totally run by volunteers.
Bathurst Seymour Centre soon attracted government funding and was able to employ a small staff. In the late 1980s, it moved to a purpose built centre in Seymour Street, Bathurst owned by Bathurst Regional Council. Later, it leased a small cottage and meeting room adjacent to the Centre.
Bathurst Seymour Centre has gradually grown in the intervening years and has always remained a locally focussed, community-based, not-for-profit organisation. It now employs 10 paid staff and is also privileged to have a dedicated group of local people who volunteer their time and expertise to the organisation.
Bathurst Seymour Centre now offers an expanded range of support programs to older people eligible to receive assistance under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Home Care Package Program (pending) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants including:
- a day activity centre for older people
- a men’s shed
- support for carers
- outreach programs
- local outings
- access to social and recreational activities for NDIS participants
- management of Home Care Packages (pending)