Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 23/7/2021

Book Fair posters

The Book Fair is getting very close. There are still lots of posters available to be distributed – A4 and A5 size. So please pick up some and distribute them in the community for example, in shop windows, noticeboards, letter boxes, to members of groups you are involved in and any place where they can be left responsibly.

The more we get out the more people will know about it, and the more books we will sell.

Book Fair volunteers

Thank you to all who have signed up to help during the Book Fair. At this stage we have sufficient volunteers to help during the event ie on Thursday 5, Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August. The roster will be available from Polly if you need to check your time.

However, we do need more help with packing up.

Packing up is also a time when some fresh volunteers are most welcome. We are all exhausted by the end of the last day. So if you are able to come along at 4 pm on Sunday 8 August we will give you a job and be most grateful.

No more books!

We are unable to accept and process any more books until September. So please keep them until then. Please also tell anyone you know who is thinking about donating books. We will be happy to have them in September but definitely not now.

Club Membership

Please ensure your membership and parking voucher is up to date.

Woden Seniors is turning 50th next year

We are preparing a book to mark the 50th birthday of the club and are looking for people that may be able to help in its preparation. We are looking for five or six people that maybe able to help. Please let Polly know

Creative Computing Workshop for Seniors

A free Creative Computing Workshop for Seniors will be held at Erindale College between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, October 6, 2018. It’s suitable for men and women over 50 who know how to use a keyboard and mouse.

In a relaxed setting, the workshop will show you how to get started with some inspiring technology called “Scratch” and produce amazing, colourful, musical, moving creations just by dragging blocks around with the mouse. You can then share these with family and friends, and your creations can include interactive stories, games, animations, and lots more.

It’s simple to use, costs nothing, is great for the brain, and is way more fun than crosswords or sudoku, so come and join us for this stimulating and enjoyable workshop! You will need to register, either by using this link: Creative Computing for Seniors workshop (using “Scratch”) or by ringing: (02) 6294 2226.

Thomas McCoy

Shell Questacon Science Circus Participant 2018

ANU Master of Science Communication (Outreach) student

P: 0402 050 852

E: thomas.mccoy

You now have to Check In on public transport and in all retail settings

It is now mandatory to use the Check In CBR app on Canberra public transport, as well as all retail settings.

The expanded range of retail settings include supermarkets, petrol stations, takeaway services, clothing stores and department stores. Transport services include all buses, light rail, taxis, Uber and other rideshare services.

People aged 16 years and older must check in upon entry, regardless of how long they are planning to spend in a venue, as well as for each individual bus and light rail journey. Check in codes will be available in the venue or vehicle.

If you do not have a smart phone or if you’re having trouble using the app, you can still travel on public transport and still check into venues.

On public transport, if you have a registered MyWay card, this can replace the need to use the app.If you have an ACT Seniors My Way card, this was registered when you applied for your card and you do not need to register it again. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to keep a record of the different trips that you make.To find out more visit www.transport.act.gov.au or call 13 17 10.

In retail settings, a friend or relative that has the app on their phone can check you in as a guest or you can ask the business to check you in using their business profile. You cannot use a registered MyWay card in business settings, only on public transport.

Mandatory use of the Check In CBR app will ensure our contact tracing teams have access to the best available data to quickly and effectively contact any individual who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The ACT Government will continue to provide support and information over the coming weeks to ensure businesses and the Canberra community understand the importance of using Check In CBR.

It is also very important in the current environment to stay up-to-date with the latest health and travel information. Visit the COVID-19 website for more information.

Produced by ACT Health, COVID-19 Public Information Coordination Centre

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.

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.

Spiral News

Hello to all of you on this mailing list,

I sometimes wonder how many people read this. It goes to more than 300 email addresses and then it is passed on by people such as the Woden Seniors (thank you, Polly) and Woden Valley Uniting Church (thank you, Avni) and by others to friends. Apart from our calendar of guest speakers there is often news that I think might interest some of my readers.

And I have information to share following this week’s talk from CEO of Palliative Care ACT Tracy Gillard. Tracy spoke about the work Palliative Care ACT does. Many things resonated. Palliative care is not just about the last few weeks or days of someone’s life, but should be part of the conversation much earlier, as early as diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. It’s about quality of life, not end of life. Advance care planning is an important way to start the conversation. The ACT Government provides advice and support to help develop a plan and more information can be found here. An impressive initiative is Leo’s Place – providing respite for people with a life-limiting illness and those who care for them. Palliative Care ACT also has a number of useful resources, including a practical booklet Palliative Caring available both online and in hard copy (contact their office).

Now, for further proof of how special our Canberra community is, have a look at the latest additions to our program. I continue to be amazed and grateful that there are so many generous people willing to give up their time to come to Spiral on a Thursday morning.

July 29 URoC

The Ukulele Republic of Canberra

It’s about time we had another concert. We welcome back the always popular URoC, massed ukuleles playing a mix of songs which are all singable for those in the audience keen to do so.

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 Woden Valley 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. 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 or on 0406 37 9119 or email Sara York at sarawyork or on 0419 587 578.