Members of our local community who have a Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Iranian and Afghan cultural background can join our community connection groups.

Sydney Community Services provides social and support groups for people of all cultural backgrounds, operating out of our Hunters Hill Hub.

This service provides social inclusion and community connection-based supports for seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. SCS has Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Iranian and Afghan groups and liaises with other CALD community providers such as the Iranian Community Organisation and CO.AS.IT to provide culturally sensitive services.

Each group has a calendar of activities that is published in a bi-monthly newsletter, written in the language of that group: Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and Persian. Activity Calendars are mailed or emailed to clients according to their preference.

Our experienced staff prepare a variety of activities including day trips, cultural celebrations, luncheons, English language conversation classes, cooking, computer, sewing and art classes, as well as gardening, gentle active and wellness exercise programs, information sessions on health, wellbeing, seniors’ rights, and community services.

Most clients are expected to make their own way to meeting venues such as the Epping Leisure and Learning Centre, North Ryde Community Hall or Blandville Court Community Room in Gladesville.

Recent day trips have included outings to Rouse Hill Regional Park and the Archibald Hotel at Kurrajong.

Day trip transport is provided by Sydney Community Services, while some meals are provided. Day trips cost between $15-$20 for transport and $8-$25 for lunch.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can apply for a fee reduction.

If you are interested in joining any of the Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Iranian and Afghan groups, get in touch on 9427 6425 or email