The Seniors Recreation Council was officially launched in 1991 with the aim of supporting the establishment of new groups wishing to provide active recreation for the over fifties and provide advice to the community where required. The Council became an incorporated body in May 1992.
The Council is a non-government organisation relying on the efforts of volunteers. Core funding support is provided by Department of Communities and Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI ), additional ‘in-kind’ support – office space, mailing, phone/fax, computers and photocopying is provided by DLGSCI .
The Council employs a full time Executive Officer and a part time Admin Assistant.
Since its inception the Council has continued to develop and implement a number of innovative programs to foster the participation of people over fifty in sport and physical and mental activity through a range of initiatives.
These initiatives such as the Have A Go Days, Country Forums and Seminars, LiveLighter Aged Care Games, Add Life to Your Years Directory, Branch Network, New Club development, Volunteer Education, LiveLighter Seniors Activity / Information Days, Exergaming and Tech Savvy Seniors have made a difference to the lives, lifestyle and well being of persons over fifty in WA.
Planning has previously identified key areas of endeavour for the Council, namely participation, leadership, recognition and promotion. The Council is building on its contact with clubs and organisations which are involved in Senior’s interests and through this contact represents the interests of all seniors.
The Council is currently building a voluntary program delivery network, through the SRC Branch structure, in the country regions, with Avon, Bunbury, Esperance, Greater Geraldton, Great Southern, Mid West, Northhampton, Peel, Perth, Rockingham, and South West Capes branches already in place. It is intended to extend this program into the other regions of the State, all the time maintaining the links with the DLGSCI regional managers as members of the branch committees.