Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 16/4/2021


The Advance Care Planning Program, Canberra Health Services, is offering an information session on Advance Care Planning at Woden Seniors Club on

Thursday 22 April at 1:00 pm to 2:30pm in the Anne Murray Room.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) gives you the opportunity to think about, discuss, record and share your preferences for health care in advance if you ever become unable to express them for yourself.

This will help doctors and family members to be aware of your preferences in order to make treatment decisions.

ACP also involves legally nominating who would make decisions about your medical treatment on your behalf, if you ever lose capacity to make decisions for your yourself. (Enduring Power of Attorney)

The session will provide information, question and answer session as well as assistance to complete documents. 

To ensure everyone has a chance to ask questions and understand what Advance Care Planning means for you, the session is limited to 15 participants.  Please contact Polly at the Club, tel. 6282 2573 or email to admin@wodenseniors.org.au to book a place.

If there are more people interested than can be accommodated on Thursday 22nd April, the Program Team are willing to schedule further sessions for us, and on other than Thursdays if that is preferred. 

Do you need I.T. help?

Would you like some assistance with the Check In Canberra App? Volunteers from COTA ACT can help.

Thursday 22 April, 9:30 to 11:30 in the Woden Seniors Club.

Bring your phone or tablet and come along for Seniors Information, support and morning tea.

ACT Government Grant

The Club recently received a grant from the ACT Government to do some work in the bathrooms. Thanks to the grant, new cisterns have recently been installed in the Club’s toilets replacing the old ones which were worn out and hard to use. 

Online help with digital technology

If you are looking for help with a technology issue have a look at ‘Be Connected’  Be Connected (esafety.gov.au).  ‘Be Connected’ is an Australian Government Internet site that offers free simple online courses on a huge range of topics about how to use digital devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones, and digital cameras.  It has segments on absolute basics, which beginners will need help to access,  eg from a friend or grandchild. For those who can already use the Internet it has segments on topics such as  email, making video calls, using a smartphone, and  how to access favourite TV  or radio programs on line with catch up services such as ABC iView or SBS On Demand, to name a few.  To find a topic of interest go to Topic library (esafety.gov.au).

Exercise Classes

Gentle Exercise Class – Tuesdays 9.30 – 10.30 am

Ever Active Class – Wednesdays 8.30 – 9.30 am

Seated Exercise – Mondays – 12.00 – 1.30 pm

Tai Chi – Thursdays 2.00 – 3.15 pm 

Free digital help for Seniors

COTA ACT offers free one-on-one teaching sessions to help seniors get connected online and to learn more about their phone or other device such as a laptop or tablet.

So if you would like support to use a new smartphone, to use the Check in CBR app, to access emails, to search the Internet, or to try video chat with distant friends or family COTA ACT can help you.

Sessions currently take place on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Hughes Community Centre and can be booked by phoning 6282 3777.

Check In CBR App

The ACT Government has mandated that the Check In CBR App be used by all venues from 6 March 2021.  This means that members entering the Club must use the 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. 1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. 2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. 3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. 4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. 5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

Spiral News

Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) that meet each Thursday morning, they are non-denominational with people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. The Spiral Photo Album gives a good sense of who they are and what they do.  There are no fees but a $1 contribution to costs is requested.  Spiral is seeking new members, helpers and guest speakers.  You are not obliged to come every week and you can come for the talk and/or the morning tea.  Any questions or suggestions please contact me or one of the other people on the list below.

Location: The Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin.

When: Thursday morning.

Time: Speakers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea that will follow. 

April 22 Sunny Side

Sunny Side is a group of four Canberra multi-instrumentalists playing between them, violin, piano, accordion, vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, English concertina, flute, mandolin and clarinet. Their music ranges widely from the 1920s through to Elvis and the Beatles with interesting stories and anecdotes behind the songs and the instruments. They always bring a ray of sunshine, toe-tapping and a smile wherever they play – especially with their theme songs of On the Sunny Side of the Street, Keep on the Sunny Side and Keep Your Sunny Side Up.

April 29 TBA

Remember, we still need to socially distanced and it is still compulsory for everyone to register on the Check in CBR App. Don’t worry, if you can’t do that we can do it for you when you arrive.

A reminder, we are largely funded by the Canberra Southern Cross Club Community Rewards program: https://www.cscc.com.au/rewards 

This is where you can register to support Spiral: https://csccmarketing.wufoo.com/forms/qwb3g2i1k3mggl/

Or if you give me your details I can register you.

You don’t need to attend Spiral to support us, any CSCC member – your family, your friends, your neighbours – can support us. Once you are registered as a Spiral supporter a percentage of what you spend on food and beverages comes automatically to us. 

And between now and June 30 we will earn double rewards. That will be 15% of every dollar spent at any Southern Cross club. 

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 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. 

If you have any questions about Spiral or anything to do with this newsletter please contact me, Brett Yeats, 

at yeatsb@iinet.net.au or on 0406 37 9119 or email Sara York at sarawyork@gmail.com or on 0419 587 578. 

Best wishes,

Brett, on behalf of all of us at Spiral. 


Brett Yeats 9/127 Hopetoun Circuit Yarralumla 2600 62817684