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Sustainable community services for older people

Taylor, C and Donoghue, J 2019 , 'Sustainable community services for older people' , Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, vol. 22 , pp. 1-12 , doi:

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This paper explores the sustainability of non-government organisations (NGOs) providing services to older people in the local government authority area of North Sydney. It identifies several key issues that can be used to assess the level of programme sustainability in the community sector. We suggest that government support is essential for the ongoing financial sustainability of community aged care services and that community-based organisations need to address a number of issues that will impact on their long-term sustainability. A good working relationship with local and state government is crucial for organisations to access community grants, donations and subsidised premises. The recruitment, training and retention of volunteers were some of the most important issues identified. Further, these NGOs will need to develop strategic plans that factor in sustainability indicators to address rental, recycling, transport, renewable energy and water costs to ensure that they have the capacity to pay for these utilities in the future.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Taylor, C and Donoghue, J
Journal or Publication Title: Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance
Publisher: U T S ePRESS (University of Technology Sydney)
ISSN: 1836-0394
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© 2020 Chris Taylor and Jed Donoghue. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) License (, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.

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