Main Content Anchor

Cultural Companions


Many of us would probably go to a lot more plays, films, concerts, exhibitions or other events if we had someone to go with. The Port Macquarie-Hastings has a thriving social and arts scene to be enjoyed if only there were people with the know-how, the transport or the shared interest to get us going.

Cultural Companions creates local networks for older people interested in attending arts and culture events with other like minded people instead of on their own. The Program is all about like minded people that meet up regularly to go out together as part of a small group and aims to provide increased opportunities for older people in our community to engage with our vibrant cultural and arts scene.

Where did the Cultural Companions idea come from?  

The concept was initiated in Ireland with a retired ship's captain Tony O'Grady who loved the theatre, enjoyed jazz and wouldn't be averse to a trip to the Dublin National Concert Hall or the Leopardstown races. The problem is, he had no-one to go with, as he avoided driving after dark and disliked being alone in the city at night. But that all changed, thanks to the Dublin Cultural Companions scheme which provides more opportunities for older people to enjoy the culture and arts scene.

How to join the cultural companions group

It is free to join the group and members will receive a keyring and badge to identify them as a cultural companion when meeting at events. 

Simply fill in the Cultural Companion sign up form below or download and complete the pdf version and return it to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. 

If this sounds like something you might like to join but want more information contact Council’s Volunteer Coordinator on 6581 8111 or email

Click here to view form.

This page was last updated on: 09 November 2017