RSL Day Clubs

RSL Day Clubs aim to improve the quality of life for veterans, their spouses, war widows/widowers, as well as other interested members of the community. It is not required that you be a member of an ESO or that you are a veteran or an ex-service member to belong to a Day Club. Day Clubs offer a setting in which to develop friendships and social support networks by providing the opportunity for members to be involved in a varied program of stimulating activities that enhance health and wellbeing.

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Contacts:

Tom Barnsley
Mob: 0421 429 562
State Coordinator, RSL Day Clubs
Returned and Services League (NSW Branch)
ANZAC House
245 Castlereagh Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Contract Community Support Adviser
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Ph: (02) 9213 7260 Fax: (02) 9213 7024
Email: NSW&ACTDayClubs@dva.gov.au
Website: www.dva.gov.au/health_and_wellbeing/activities/day_clubs

Country callers: 1800 555 254  (extension 27482 or 27260). 

Address:

GPO Box 9998, Sydney NSW 2001
280 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

 

A BRIEF HISTORY

  • Day Clubs were established in NSW in 1977 as a joint venture between the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), NSW Office and the Returned & Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) (RSLNSW).
  • There are now over 65 Clubs in metropolitan and country areas of NSW.
  • Sponsored by RSL sub-Branches and supported by the DVA, each Day Club is open to any interested member of the community, not just ex-service people.

WHAT IS A DAY CLUB?

  • Each Club provides social and activity opportunities for older people, mostly still living at home, but who are unable to attend more active programs offered in their local community. (Membership criteria apply)
  • The Clubs meet in local community halls one day a week between 10am and 2pm.
  • Clubs may provide transport for members getting to and from the Club.
  • All who attend pay a contribution for the day.

Setting up RSL Day Clubs in NSW
Day Club Regulations 2013
Dispute Resolution Regulations 2013
Facts and Figures 2013

WHAT HAPPENS AT A DAY CLUB?

Transport may be provided to and from the Club

10:00am Arrival and welcome.

  • Gentle Exercises - an exercise routine suitable for older adults
  • Morning tea
  • Mind Alive! - a program of mentally stimulating and interesting activities.
  • Community involvement – entertainment, speakers
  • Lunch
  • Leisure activities - cards, table games, socialising.

2:00pm Transport home.

VOLUNTEERING AT A DAY CLUB

  • Day Clubs are run entirely by volunteers.
  • Volunteer positions include: coordinating the Day Club, managing the finances, assisting with the day-to-day operations such as preparing morning tea and lunch, or organising fun program segments.
  • Like the general membership, volunteers are drawn from both the ex-service and wider community.

ONGOING SUPPORT

  • Each Day Club is sponsored by a local RSL sub-Branch.
  • Volunteer support and training is provided by DVA Day Club Advisors.
  • The Day Club Advisors and the State Coordinator of RSL Day Clubs visit each Club regularly and are available to advise the volunteers on any aspect of operating a Club.

For more information contact Community Support Advisers, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Call 133 254 or, for Regional callers: 1800 555 254 and ask for the NSW/ACT Community Support Advisers.

Email: NSW&ACTDayClubs@DVA.gov.au

Website: http://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-wellbeing/day-clubs-programmes