Woden Seniors Inc

Over 45 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra

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Fortnightly News 19/2/2021

Tuesday Bridge

Tuesday Bridge will recommence on Tuesday 2nd March starting at 10.00 am.

Saturday Bridge

Saturday Bridge has resumed at 1.00 pm in Hall 2.

Wine boxes for the Book Fair

If anyone has empty six-bottle size wine boxes at home that they do not need we can use them for packing books for the Book Fair. The larger six-bottle size are the best for this purpose. Just bring them in and leave them in the book sorting area in the veranda. If anyone goes to Dan Murphy at Phillip pick up a couple there from the pile at the front of the shop. Just ask them at the checkout if you may take some for Woden Seniors. They are very obliging.

ACT Seniors Weeks 2021

ACT Seniors Weeks was planned for late March but has been cancelled. This includes the Chief Ministers Concert and the Seniors Expo at Epic.

Check In CBR App

The ‘Check In CBR’ app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

Spiral News

Dear Spirallers,

What a year we have had since our last Spiral morning tea!

The last time we met was on 12 March 2020 when we were lucky enough to have Dame Annette King from the New Zealand High Commission join us. That was a very special way to finish.

As proof that the world is making progress in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, not only are vaccines on their way but Spiral is returning.

Yes, we have permission to gather again in the hall at St James Uniting Church in Curtin and we are restarting on Thursday 4 March at 10.00 am. It won’t be quite the same but then again, we are all now getting used to a new normal.

There will be changes – you can read some of them in the attached Spiral Covid plan. You can also read the St James Covid plan and the conditions we must abide by

Here are some of the main issues that will affect you.

You are asked to preregister your attendance by notifying me (Brett Yeats) or Sara York by email or phone – our contact details are at the bottom of this newsletter. This is not compulsory as there will be a sign in sheet at the hall when you arrive.

We will ask you to register in the hall using the Check In CBR app if you can.

We will try to minimise risks by social distancing as best we can and by reducing mingling.

St James has asked us to seat four people per table until further notice.

Food and beverages will be served to you individually rather than sharing platters of sandwiches and cakes

We will have lots to catch up on. I hope you have coped OK with the isolation and with missing friends and family and I’m sure I’m not the only one saying “how lucky we are to be living in Canberra”. It has been so long – will we recognise each other? I’ve turned 70 while we’ve been suspended and I’ve put on weight and grown a beard. I’m looking forward to seeing you and hearing from you.

Let me announce our first month’s activities.

March 4 David Royds Australian Wildlife Conservancy

David will talk about the work he did in 2019 at Newhaven in the Tanami Desert, west of Alice Springs with the Ngalia-Warlpiri/Luritja people. These people are the traditional owners of 262,000 hectares of rugged ranges, salt lakes and sand plains. David has wonderful photographs of the landscape and the many unique animals threatened with extinction by feral pests.

March 11 James Thompson World War 2 from a child’s perspective

Jim was born in Jarrow, near Newcastle in County Durham in 1932. He will describe the hardships of the depression era in northern England and then talk about the terrors of the nightly bombings in this part of Britain which was the heart of manufacturing for the war effort. Then he will tell us about what brought him to Australia and his life after that.

March 18 Dr Alan Roberts Reverend William Robert Wake 1755 – 1830

Wake had a very interesting career that revealed how strange the Anglican Church was. He was a round peg in a square hole, too liberal for his time and profession. His highlight was Bath in the 1790s but he was tempted by the offer of a valuable living in rural Essex. Enemies alleged he had cheated the previous incumbent out of it. He fell foul of his superiors, culminating in the Archbishop of Canterbury sacking him. The story finishes with a strong Australian connection.

March 25 The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Formed in 2003, the CMO brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar and bass. It keeps alive the rich tradition of the mandolingroups that emerged in the firstcouple ofdecades of the 20th century. The CMO’s repertoire is very wide showing the versatility of its musicians. They have played in the High Court, at Government House and at the National Folk Festival and we have been privileged to have them perform for us many times.

A reminder of who Spiral is and what we do.

Spiral is a community group which has been meeting for morning teas in Curtin for over fifty years. We aren’t incorporated, we don’t have committees or membership forms or joining fees. You can come to any meeting that interests you. We don’t even have a website! We meet in the hall at the St James Uniting Church at 40 Gillies Street, Curtin between 10.00 am and noon every Thursday. There is no religious nature to our meetings and our members come from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. We are mostly retired, aged from our 60s to our 90s but we won’t turn you away if you are younger or older. We do ask that you make a gold coin donation when you attend. We ask you to arrive by 10.00 am so that we can start our ‘entertainment’ as soon as possible after that. The entertainment is either a guest speaker, sometimes in a conversation format, or a musical performance. We aim to serve a fresh, mainly home-made, morning tea at 11.00 (sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later) and we aim to finish at midday.

We welcome new faces and I ask you to share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested.

Please preregister by emailing Brett at yeatsb or phoning 0406 37 9119 or emailing Sara at sarawyork or phoning 0419 587 578. You can also contact us if you have any questions about anything to do with this newsletter.

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Fortnightly News 5/2/2021

Saturday Bridge

Saturday Bridge will recommence this Saturday 6 February starting at 1pm.

Book Fair Help

Let’s hope this year brings better times for the Club. As most members know we were unable to hold our Book Fair in 2020. We are hoping to hold one later this year to give the Club’s finances a much needed boost.

Donations of books, DVDs, CDs etc. keep rolling in so we will have plenty of stock.

We do need more helpers to process the donations. At present we have two groups who sort, clean, categorise and pack the books etc. namely on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

We are also starting a Monday afternoon group from 1.45 pm to 3.45 pm. If you are interested in helping at any of these times please come along any Monday afternoon and talk to Judy about how you would like to help. We can find a job that fits your interests and physical capability.

The WOW Art Group

The Watercolour on Wednesday Art Group has a new exhibition of members’ paintings in the foyer and the Anne Murray Room.

Check In CBR App

The Check In CBR app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

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Fortnightly News 22/1/2021

Club Re-opens

Welcome back to 2021, we hope to have all of our activities going by early February.

Saturday Bridge

Saturday Bridge will recommence on Saturday 6 February starting at 1pm.

Book Fair Help

Let’s hope this year brings better times for the Club. As most members know we were unable to hold our Book Fair in 2020. We are hoping to hold one later this year to give the Club’s finances a much needed boost.

Donations of books, DVDs, CDs etc keep rolling in so we will have plenty of stock.

We do need more helpers to process the donations. At present we have two groups who sort, clean, categorise and pack the books etc. namely on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

We are also starting a Monday afternoon group from 1.45 pm to 3.45 pm. If you are interested in helping at any of these times please come along any Monday afternoon and talk to Judy about how you would like to help. We can find a job that fits your interests and physical capability.

The WOW Art Group

The Watercolour on Wednesday Art Group has an exhibition of members’ paintings in the foyer and the Anne Murray Room.

Check In CBR App

The Check In CBR app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

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Fortnightly News 11/12/2020

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 18 December 2020 and re-open on Monday 18 January 2021. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

On behalf of the Management Committee I would like to wish you a happy and safe festive season.

Audited Financial Statements

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on meetings we will not be holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. We need a quorum of 40 and the maximum we can have in our rooms is 26 people. There are copies of our audited financial statements for members to peruse in the front office.

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Fortnightly News 27/11/2020

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell or developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 18 December 2020 and re-open on Monday 18 January 2021. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

Audited Financial Statements

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on meetings we will not be holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. We need a quorum of 40 and the maximum we can have in our rooms is 26 people. There are copies of our audited financial statements for members to peruse in the front office.

Access to the Club

The usual access point to the Club has been moved to the northern part of Corinna Street. Transport Canberra have upgraded the access point with bitumen to cross both gutters. Transport Canberra neglected to let us know that the road adjacent to the Club was being upgraded. When it became clear to them that we needed access to the Club they agreed to put in the temporary access point. Corinna Street will be closed for about 9 weeks.

For those having problems finding their way into the Club, via the temporary entrance due to road closures in Corinna street, here is a mud map that may or may not help.

Basically if heading from Hindmarsh down Melrose turn right at the lights into Corinna Street, (or left if coming from Launceston street) Go down the divided Road of Corinna Street till you reach the T intersection into Furzer Street.

Turn into Furzer then directly back into the other side of the divided Road of Corinna Street. The normal way is blocked off, but there is a temporary entrance on your left not far past the closed off road. There are some orange cones to mark the entrance and some fencing. There is a bit of a bump and it is easier if you then turn left into the old exit road from the club and this will bring you up to the normal driveway into the club. When you leave the club, just go out the normal exit, but follow the temporary entrance/exit onto Corinna Street. You will have to turn left onto Corinna Street to reach Mellrose.

Hope this helps,

Check In CBR App

The Check In CBR app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

Free one-on-one digital learning sessions for seniors

Woden Seniors is no longer offering iPad or computer classes, however the Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has recently received funding to fill this gap.

The ACT Government has funded COTA ACT to offer free one-on-one digital learning sessions to seniors. The Seniors Pop-up Technology Hub will be a place where seniors can come and ask questions in a relaxed way and learn about how to get online and become confident with using new technology. The learning sessions are designed to assist seniors with staying in touch with their community, family and friends, such as through email, social media, and video calls eg Zoom or Facetime, and be a resource for finding information online.

If you would like to know more about the free computer literacy workshops run by COTA ACT, call the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777 or email Events@cotaact.org.au

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Fortnightly News 13/11/2020

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 18 December 2020 and re-open on Monday 18 January 2021. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

Audited Financial Statements

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on meetings we will not be holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. We need a quorum of 40 and the maximum we can have in our rooms is 26 people. There however copies of our audited financial statements for members to peruse in the front office.

Access to the Club

The usual access point to the Club has been moved to the northern part of Corinna Street. Transport Canberra have upgraded the access point with bitumen to cross both gutters. Transport Canberra neglected to let us know that the road adjacent to the Club was being upgraded. When it became clear to them that we needed access to the Club they agreed to put in the temporary access point. Corinna Street will be closed for about 9 weeks.

For those having problems finding their way into the Club, via the temporary entrance due to road closures in Corinna street, here is a mud map that may or may not help.

Basically if heading from Hindmarsh down Melrose turn right at the lights into Corinna Street, (or left if coming from Launceston street) Go down the divided Road of Corinna Street till you reach the T intersection into Furzer Street.

Turn into Furzer then directly back into the other side of the divided Road of Corinna Street. The normal way is blocked off, but there is a temporary entrance on your left not far past the closed off road. There are some orange cones to mark the entrance and some fencing. There is a bit of a bump and it is easier if you then turn left into the old exit road from the club and this will bring you up to the normal driveway into the club. When you leave the club, just go out the normal exit, but follow the temporary entrance/exit onto Corinna Street. You will have to turn left onto Corinna Street to reach Mellrose.

Hope this helps,

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Fortnightly News 23/10/2020

Access to the Club

The usual access point to the Club has been moved to the northern part of Corinna Street. Transport Canberra have upgraded the access point with bitumen to cross both gutters. Transport Canberra neglected to let us know that the road adjacent to the Club was being upgraded. When it became clear to them that we needed access to the Club they agreed to put in the temporary access point. The road will be closed for about 9 weeks.

For those having problems finding their way into the Club, via the temporary entrance due to road closures in Corinna street, here is a mud map that may or may not help.

Basically if heading from Hindmarsh down Melrose turn right at the lights into Corinna Street, (or left if coming from Launceston street) Go down the divided Road of Corinna Street till you reach the T intersection into Furzer Street.

Turn into Furzer then directly back into the other side of the divided Road of Corinna Street. The normal way is blocked off, but there is a temporary entrance on your left not far past the closed off road. There are some orange cones to mark the entrance and some fencing. There is a bit of a bump and it is easier if you then turn left into the old exit road from the club and this will bring you up to the normal driveway into the club. When you leave the club, just go out the normal exit, but follow the temporary entrance/exit onto Corinna Street. You will have to turn left onto Corinna Street to reach Mellrose.

Hope this helps,

Bridge

All Bridge classes will be resumed from 3rd November 2020

Tuesday 10.00 am – 12.45 pm

Thursday 1.15 pm – 4.15 pm

Saturday 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Mahjong & Scrabble

Two more activites have resumed,

Mahjong – Wednesday 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Scrabble – Monday 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

New members and beginners are welcome.

Check In CBR App

The Check In CBR app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

Free one-on-one digital learning sessions for seniors

Woden Seniors is no longer offering iPad or computer classes, however the Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has recently received funding to fill this gap.

The ACT Government has funded COTA ACT to offer free one-on-one digital learning sessions to seniors. The Seniors Pop-up Technology Hub will be a place where seniors can come and ask questions in a relaxed way and learn about how to get online and become confident with using new technology. The learning sessions are designed to assist seniors with staying in touch with their community, family and friends, such as through email, social media, and video calls eg Zoom or Facetime, and be a resource for finding information online.

If you would like to know more about the free computer literacy workshops run by COTA ACT, call the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777 or email Events

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

By

Fortnightly News 9/10/2020

Access to the Club

The usual access point to the Club has been moved to the northern part of Corinna Street. Transport Canberra have upgraded the access point with bitumen to cross both gutters. Transport Canberra neglected to let us know that the road adjacent to the Club was being upgraded. When it became clear to them that we needed access to the Club they agreed to put in the temporary access point. The road will be closed for about 9 weeks.

Mahjong & Scrabble

Two more activites have resumed,

Mahjong – Wednesday 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Scrabble – Monday 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

New members and beginners are welcome.

Check In CBR App

The Check In CBR app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

Free wellbeing calls

Wellbeing Calls are available to anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated. A friendly chat with an Australian Red Cross Volunteer is just a phone call away.

To register to receive ‘check in calls’ Call (02) 6234 7630 between 8am and 4pm Monday – Friday

Free one-on-one digital learning sessions for senior

Woden Seniors is no longer offering iPad or computer classes, however the Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has recently received funding to fill this gap.

The ACT Government has funded COTA ACT to offer free one-on-one digital learning sessions to seniors. The Seniors Pop-up Technology Hub will be a place where seniors can come and ask questions in a relaxed way and learn about how to get online and become confident with using new technology. The learning sessions are designed to assist seniors with staying in touch with their community, family and friends, such as through email, social media, and video calls eg Zoom or Facetime, and be a resource for finding information online.

If you would like to know more about the free computer literacy workshops run by COTA ACT, call the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777 or email Events

Tax help for seniors

Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has a Tax Help Volunteer again this year.

You can book an appointment for Tuesday, from 10.00am or any Wednesday afternoon at the COTA ACT office in Wisdom Street, Hughes on 6282 3777.

Tax Help is a free and confidential service to help people on a low income (around $60,000 or less) with simple tax affairs to complete their tax return online with myTax. It is available from July to October.

Volunteers can help you lodge your tax return or amend online or claim a refund of franking credits.

Club Activities

These activities have already started,

Choir Practice (Monday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Line Dancing (Monday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Seated Exercise (Monday 12.00 – 1.30 pm)

Friendship Group (Monday 1.30 – 3.30 pm)

YMCA Gentle Exercise (Tuesday 9.30 – 10.30 am)

YMCA Ever Active (Wednesday 8.30 – 9.30 am)

Water Colour Painting (Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30 am)

Table Tennis (Wednesday & Friday 9.30 – 12.30 pm)

Stitchers (Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Craft Group (Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Tai Chi & Gentle Exercise (Thursday 2.00 -3.15 pm)

Painting and Drawing (Friday 1.30 – 3.30 pm)

These are activities where we can easily maintain a 1.5metre distance from each other. It is also essential that we maintain good hand hygiene and cough or sneeze into our elbows. There should be no communal refreshment breaks and members should bring their own drink bottles and snacks.

Each group leader will have to ensure that any commonly used areas such as tables and chairs are cleaned with the disinfectant wipes provided before and after the activity. Group leaders will be provided with a checklist of what must be done.

All groups must include each person’s full name and telephone number in the activity book to enable contact tracing in the event that there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Please bring the correct money for each activity to minimise handling of cash.

The Management Committee will continuously review activities and wellbeing over the coming months to ensure that we reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19.

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

By

Fortnightly News 25/9/2020

Access to the Club

The usual access point to the Club has been moved to the northern part of Corinna Street. Transport Canberra neglected to let us know that the road adjacent to the Club was being upgraded. When it became clear to them that we needed access to the Club they agreed to put in the temporary access point. The road will be closed for about 9 weeks.

GARDEN CLUB

The garden club is starting up again after the Winter recess. If you are interested to come along and join in on most Monday and Friday mornings, please leave your name and best contact details with Polly.

We will be having a working bee on Friday 2nd October, starting at 9.30am to focus on weeding the garden beds. If you could spare a couple of hours, that would be great. Please bring your garden tools and a cup or mug for a drink.

Seniors Art Class: Floriography – the language of flowers

When: 10.00am – 12.00pm, Tuesdays from 6 October – 8 December 2020

Where: The Hunting Lodge, Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Cost: Free. Morning tea and materials will be provided.

Explore floriography – the Victorian-era language of flowers. With contemporary textile artist Carol Cooke, you will learn embroidery skills and techniques, and use them to complete a work with floral tributes – and secret messages!

This class for seniors (55 years and over) is suitable for beginners, or people with stitching and embroidery skills. Instead of using purchased patterns, you will design your piece, with layers of images, words and meaning.

Priority will be given to participants who live in the Woden and Tuggeranong regions, and assistance with the costs of travel will be available for some participants in those areas. If you do not have your own transport and need assistance to attend this class, please advise when you register. Numbers are limited and bookings essential.

To register: email Jacqui at Woden.Arts

Free wellbeing calls

Wellbeing Calls are available to anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated. A friendly chat with an Australian Red Cross Volunteer is just a phone call away.

To register to receive ‘check in calls’ Call (02) 6234 7630 between 8am and 4pm Monday – Friday

Free one-on-one digital learning sessions for senior

Woden Seniors is no longer offering iPad or computer classes, however the Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has recently received funding to fill this gap.

The ACT Government has funded COTA ACT to offer free one-on-one digital learning sessions to seniors. The Seniors Pop-up Technology Hub will be a place where senior Canberrans can come and ask questions in a relaxed way and learn about how to get online and become confident with using technology. The learning sessions are designed to assist seniors with staying in touch with their community, family and friends, such as through email, social media, and video calls eg Zoom or Facetime, and be a resource for finding information online.

If you would like to know more about the free computer literacy workshops run by COTA ACT, call the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777 or email Events

Tax help for seniors

Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has a Tax Help Volunteer again this year.

You can book an appointment for Tuesday, from 10.00am or any Wednesday afternoon at the COTA ACT office in Wisdom Street, Hughes on 6282 3777.

Tax Help is a free and confidential service to help people on a low income (around $60,000 or less) with simple tax affairs to complete their tax return online with myTax. It is available from July to October.

Volunteers can help you lodge your tax return or amendment online or claim a refund of franking credits.

Club Activities

These activities have already started,

Choir Practice (Monday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Line Dancing (Monday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Seated Exercise (Monday 12.00 – 1.30 pm)

Friendship Group (Monday 1.30 – 3.30 pm)

YMCA Gentle Exercise (Tuesday 9.30 – 10.30 am)

YMCA Ever Active (Wednesday 8.30 – 9.30 am)

Water Colour Painting (Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30 am)

Table Tennis (Wednesday & Friday 9.30 – 12.30 pm)

Stitchers (Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Craft Group (Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Tai Chi & Gentle Exercise (Thursday 2.00 -3.15 pm)

Painting and Drawing (Friday 1.30 – 3.30 pm)

These are activities where we can easily maintain a 1.5metre distance from each other. It is also essential that we maintain good hand hygiene and cough or sneeze into our elbows. There should be no communal refreshment breaks and members should bring their own drink bottles and snacks.

Each group leader will have to ensure that any commonly used areas such as tables and chairs are cleaned with the disinfectant wipes provided before and after the activity. Group leaders will be provided with a checklist of what must be done.

All groups must include each person’s full name and telephone number in the activity book to enable contact tracing in the event that there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Please bring the correct money for each activity to minimise handling of cash.

The Management Committee will continuously review activities and wellbeing over the coming months to ensure that we reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19.

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

By

Fortnightly News 10/9/2020

VALE – Sue Schreiner

Sue Schreiner passed away on 1 September 2020 from Pancreatic cancer. Sue had been a member of the Club’s Management Committee for a number of years. Sue brought her legal expertise and helped with our insurance policies, land lease and development of rules under our constitution. More importantly, Sue brought her social conscience to the table and helped steer us in a different direction on a number of issues.

Club Activity Vouchers – Cashless Payments

Woden Seniors is trying to reduce the handling of cash during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have introduced a voucher system for you to pay your activity fee with effect from 1 August 2020. Vouchers are available in denominations of $3; $5 and $6.50 from the front counter. You can purchase these with an EFTPOS transaction.

Cashless is quicker, easier and safer but for some people cash may be their only option and that’s ok.

Free wellbeing calls

Wellbeing Calls are available to anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated. A friendly chat with an Australian Red Cross Volunteer is just a phone call away.

To register to receive ‘check in calls’ Call (02) 6234 7630 between 8am and 4pm Monday – Friday

Free one-on-one digital learning sessions for senior

Woden Seniors is no longer offering iPad or computer classes, however the Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has recently received funding to fill this gap.

The ACT Government has funded COTA ACT to offer free one-on-one digital learning sessions to seniors. The Seniors Pop-up Technology Hub will be a place where senior Canberrans can come and ask questions in a relaxed way and learn about how to get online and become confident with using technology. The learning sessions are designed to assist seniors with staying in touch with their community, family and friends, such as through email, social media, and video calls eg Zoom or Facetime, and be a resource for finding information online.

If you would like to know more about the free computer literacy workshops run by COTA ACT, call the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777 or email Events

Tax help for seniors

Council on the Ageing (COTA) ACT has a Tax Help Volunteer again this year.

You can book an appointment for Tuesday, from 10.00am or any Wednesday afternoon at the COTA ACT office in Wisdom Street, Hughes on 6282 3777.

Tax Help is a free and confidential service to help people on a low income (around $60,000 or less) with simple tax affairs to complete their tax return online with myTax. It is available from July to October.

Volunteers can help you lodge your tax return or amendment online or claim a refund of franking credits.

Club Activities

These activities have already started,

Choir Practice (Monday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Line Dancing (Monday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Seated Exercise (Monday 12.00 – 1.30 pm)

Friendship Group (Monday 1.30 – 3.30 pm)

YMCA Gentle Exercise (Tuesday 9.30 – 10.30 am)

YMCA Ever Active (Wednesday 8.30 – 9.30 am)

Water Colour Painting (Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30 am)

Table Tennis (Wednesday & Friday 9.30 – 12.30 pm)

Stitchers (Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Craft Group (Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 pm)

Tai Chi & Gentle Exercise (Thursday 2.00 -3.15 pm)

Painting and Drawing (Friday 1.30 – 3.30 pm)

These are activities where we can easily maintain a 1.5metre distance from each other. It is also essential that we maintain good hand hygiene and cough or sneeze into our elbows. There should be no communal refreshment breaks and members should bring their own drink bottles and snacks.

Each group leader will have to ensure that any commonly used areas such as tables and chairs are cleaned with the disinfectant wipes provided before and after the activity. Group leaders will be provided with a checklist of what must be done.

All groups must include each person’s full name and telephone number in the activity book to enable contact tracing in the event that there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Please bring the correct money for each activity to minimise handling of cash.

The Management Committee will continuously review activities and wellbeing over the coming months to ensure that we reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19.

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.