Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 17/6/2016


The Woden Seniors Club will be closed on Wednesday 22 June due to work being undertaken on the water mains in Corinna Street. We have just been advised that there will be no fresh water to the Club premises from 10am to 4pm.

The 3rd Big Book Fair: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 August 2016

The Third BIG Book Fair is now only two months away and it is time to start letting friends, family and community organisations know about it.

Members can help get the word out by:

· Picking up some Book Fair bookmarks from the front counter and handing them out to people you know;

· Posting the information on your Facebook page if you have one;

· Providing the information to groups you belong to for inclusion in their newsletters.

The dates and times are

Friday 12 August 11 am to 6 pm

Saturday 13 August 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday 14 August 10 am to 4 pm.

For more information check out the Woden Seniors website www.wodenseniors.org.au

Save the Date! Member Concert – 2pm Sunday 18 September

The Club will be holding a concert featuring members from various activities within the Club at 2pm on Sunday 18 September.

Members will be our star performers plus a couple of other small groups that regularly practice in the Club, the Chordsmen and a Brindabella Orchestra quartet.

Admission is free but guests may like to make a gold coin donation.

We will provide more information closer to the event.

Career Check Up


You are cordially invited to have a FREE career check up at the inaugural “Career Check Up Expo for Mature Workers”

The “Career Check Up Expo for Mature Workers” is an initiative of IRT Foundation being delivered in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the ACT Government – the Expo will provide workers 45+ a one-stop-shop for planning their future and getting the right advice about working and retirement.

The Expo will put age-friendly employers, training organisations, career coaching, HR advisers, and financial planners all in direct contact with mature workers to break down the barriers to accessing information.

IRT Foundation’s Career Check Up Expo will assist mature workers to:

• identify potential career opportunities;

• find relevant and suitable training providers in the ACT; and

• link with potential employers and industry groups who support mature workers.

The Expo will be held on Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 10am – 2pm at the Ann Harding Conference Centre (Building 24) at the University of Canberra.

If you are a mature worker you are encouraged to register immediately for this exciting event by going online to www.irtfoundation.org.au and following the links to the Career Check Up Expo.

For specific information about the Expo contact the IRT on 1800 024 915.

Spiral Program – 2016


Spiral is now in its 47th year of supporting/ entertaining some of Canberra’s senior citizens. Our ‘members’ range between about 60 and 95. We meet at the St. James Uniting Church in Curtin each Thursday from 10.00 am till midday. Some people get themselves there but we can sometimes offer a pick up (and deliver) service to people in inner south Canberra.

The Spiral Photo Album gives a good sense of who we are and what we do – true to the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.

We offer morning tea/ coffee with homemade cakes/ biscuits/ sandwiches followed by some form of entertainment. Usually this is a guest speaker, sometimes a musical performance and occasionally we go for a picnic or a bus trip. The Church generously supports us by providing the hall at a nominal rental. We have no fees but we do charge 50 cents contribution to costs. We are non-denominational and we welcome people from a varied background of occupations and origins.

Location and time. The Uniting Church is the cream coloured hall opposite the Curtin shops (the other side of the pedestrian crossing). It is best approached from the car park off Gillies Street. We arrive at 10.00. Morning tea is served between 10.10 and 10.45. While the washing up is done we remove tables and reconfigure the venue for the guest speaker who starts at about 11.00. Our aim is to be finished by midday.

For more information contact Brett Yeats (committee member) on Phone: 02 6281 7684 or at yeatsb.

2016 Program

June 23 “To Petra by bicycle via the West Bank”

Ian and Cora Wallis entertained us last year with stories and photos from their month-long cycle trip around Vietnam and Cambodia. They return with more stories and more photos from a ride they did in Jordan in the mid-1990s.

June 30 Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

This lovely orchestra, formed in 2003, has performed at Spiral before (in May 2007), at Government House, Old Parliament House, National Portrait Gallery, twice at the National Folk Festival and at many other places. A treat for you.

July 7 To be advised

July 14 His Excellency Noel White

Mr White, the Ambassador of Ireland, took up his posting in January 2012. He will tell you about his illustrious and wide-ranging career, his work and experiences representing Ireland in that always delightful Irish brogue. A charming man with a lovely sense of humour.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in Club on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.