Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 10/10/2014

Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing
Calligraphy classes start at 1.30pm on Tuesday 14 October 2014 in Hall 2. 

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful or expressive writing.  Tuition will be provided for beginners to learn some basic scripts and to make a variety of small projects suitable for gifts.  Non-beginners will have the opportunity to work on their own projects, refine their skills or simply enjoy the opportunity to explore and share ideas.

Celebrating Grandparents Week – 2pm Monday 20 October 2014
Come and celebrate Grandparents week with afternoon tea and a variety of entertainment at 2pm on Monday afternoon 20 October 2014.  The theme is ‘intergenerational’ and the ANU debating team will debate ‘ whether grandchildren have a duty to care for their grandparents’, there will be a 20 minute recital by the students of Arawang Primary School and the Minister for Ageing, Mick Gentleman MLA speaking.  All this followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea.

Where:      Hall 1, Woden Seniors Club
When:       2pm Monday 20 October 2014
Cost:         Free

ACT Wills Week 21-24 October
Life is meant to be lived!  BUT – there are times when we have to catch up on life’s housekeeping.  During ACT Wills Week, the ACT Public Trustee is making it easier for you to get your affairs in order.  Attend one of their free seminars on the importance of having an up-to-date Will and Enduring Power of Attorney.  The closest seminar to us is on Thursday 23 October. 

Where:      Hellenic Club, Matilda St. Woden
When:       Thursday 23 October 2014
Time:        9.30am – 12.00noon

Coffee and tea provided.

ACT Government Free Bulky Household Waste Pick Up Service
The Green Shed, in conjunction with the ACT Government, is trialling a bulky waste household collection service.  The service is available to ACT residents who have a Centrelink pensioner concession card, DVA Gold Card, Action Gold Card or a Seniors MyWay card and aged 70 years and over.  For more information contact the Green Shed on 6249 7974 or at www.bulkywaste.com.au

Justice of the Peace
You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 11.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.

Goodwin Aged Care Services
Goodwin has Home and Community Care hours for domestic assistance, personal care, social and transport.  Contact Michelle Preston on 6178 7272 or email mpreston@goodwin.org.au if you require assistance.

Support available for Seniors as part of SINC Program
Catholic Care has secured Home and Community Care (HACC) funding to provide services as part of the Seniors in Networked Communities (SINC) Program, and is taking referrals from people who meet the following criteria.
This program supports people aged 65 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over, who are frail with functional limitations as a result of moderate, severe and profound disabilities.
Support is available in the following areas:
◦ Social Support
◦ Personal Care
◦ Domestic Assistance
◦ Home Maintenance
◦ Case Coordination
◦ Transport
For more information please contact Karen Roberts on 6163 7683 or email at Karen.roberts@catholiccare.cg.org.au.

ACT Elder Abuse Prevention Program
The ACT Elder Abuse Prevention Program aims to reduce and prevent incidents of elder abuse through community awareness raising, accessible information and referral systems, service response guidelines and staff training. The Program is coordinated by the Office for Ageing within the ACT Community Services Directorate.
The Program includes an Older Persons’ Abuse Prevention, Referral and Information Line, or APRIL as it is commonly known – a confidential telephone service that provides a single point of contact for callers who want to discuss elder abuse issues and seek advice.
The service operates during business hours. The telephone number is 6205 0303.
Responses take into consideration duty of care (confidentially), the decision-making capacity of the client, and whether an emergency response is required. Depending on the issues raised, people may be referred to the Public Advocate of the ACT, the Public Trustee for the ACT, Carers ACT, Conflict Resolution Services or Lifeline.
The Women’s Information and Elder Abuse phone line operates in tandem with the Older Person’s Abuse, Prevention, Referral and Information Line and also operates during business hours. The telephone number is 6205 0303.

Fortnightly Newsletter – news items/feedback
We value your thoughts and ideas about what you would like to see included in the fortnightly newsletter.  If you would like to provide feedback, or suggest a news item for the newsletter, please send an email to admin@wodenseniors.org.au or speak to Polly in the office.