Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 22/4/2016

First Aid Presentation by St John Ambulance – Thursday 26 May

Special Speaker and Presenter- Dr Kim Schmid, from St John Ambulance will give a presentation and demonstration on CPR, Defibrillation, Heart Attack and Stroke.

Thursday 26th May 2016

Woden Seniors Club

From 10.00am till noon

This presentation is free.

Coffee/Tea provided- a small plate of ‘morning-tea’ goodies will be gratefully accepted.

Please RSVP to Polly at the Club on 6282 2573.

Computer Course

There are some vacancies in the next Computers for Beginners course starting on Friday 13 May 2016. The course runs for six weeks and covers the basics of using email, Internet and word processing. It is for Windows computers, NOT Apple Macs. The dates are 13, 20, 27 May and 3, 10, 17 June from 10 am to 12 noon.

If you are interested please phone the office.

Keeping up with the Modern World

Those members who found Grahame Hellyer’s talks on digital stuff like phones useful, or attended his U3A classes and, of course, those who couldn’t attend them, may find his blog useful. The blog, a series of short articles on the internet, is designed to help seniors keep up with the changing times (not to suggest that you need lots of gadgets!) It also includes articles on Grahame’s hobby horses like keeping our brains active through things like music and learning languages.

The blog is at http://thedigitalaged.org/ . The blog has being going, sometimes intermittently, for two years, so, if reading the older entries, just bear in mind that technology is changing pretty quickly.

COTA ACT’s – Mature-Aged Jobseeker Support Program

can help you find a job….

· Group sessions on job-seeking, presentation, application/CV writing and interview skills

· One-on-one review session

· 6 months support from a mature trained mentor

· Opportunity to join Job Club for peer support

· Access to a mature-aged Jobs Board

· Free Guide to the 55+ Mature-Aged Working Journey

Program starts on 29 April 2016!

For information or to apply

contact or call 6282 3777.

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

Yes it is on again! Now accepting books (and games, DVDs, CDs, Vinyl records). We are especially interested in children’s books for the Kid’s corner at the fair.

Concert for MyHome in Canberra – 11am Sat 30 April

Building a safe, supportive and caring home for people with mental illness

Morning Melodies Featuring:

· Ukulele Republic of Canberra

· Franklyn B Paverty

· Canberra City Salvation Army Band

Saturday 30 April 2016,

IRISH CLUB, 6 Parkinson St Weston

11.30am till 1:30pm: Tickets: $20

1. Tickets are available via the Woden Rotary Club website (home page) www.wodenrotary.org.au/

Donations are tax deductable

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

May 5 Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect is a 13 minute award-winning short story filmed entirely at St Andrews village in Hughes with an all Canberra cast. Writer/ producer Georgina Jenkins and leading actress Margie Sainsbury will introduce the film and then we can have a Q&A afterwards. It is a particularly moving and appropriate story for Spiral. Please note that the film will screen first and morning tea will follow.

May 12 URoC

The wonderful Ukulele Republic of Canberra will return to entertain us fresh from another successful run at the National Folk Festival. Again, morning tea will follow the performance which I hope will commence at about 10.15.

May 19 To be advised

May 26 RMC Band members and their Tattoo experience

Five members from Duntroon were among the 1200 people from all around the world who played in the Edinburgh Tattoo as it travelled around Australia in January. They will join us for a combination of music and conversation. Here are some photos from the performance that my mother and I attended.

Justice of the Peace

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