Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 29/3/2016


Donna O’Brien, our Tuesday morning Gentle Exercise class instructor has received a Seniors Advocate Award from COTA ACT. This award recognizes outstanding commitment by a person who, in their professional capacity, advocate for seniors.

Well done Donna!


Calligraphy Classes have restarted in Hall 2, Tuesdays from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

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.


The developers of the Furzer Street precinct have been able to keep both the car park entrance and exit open during the works to realign Corinna Street. There is still quite a lot of truck movements in and out of the adjacent site so please take care as you visit the Club.

Tai Chi Classes

The 7.30am Wednesday morning Tai Chi class is no longer available. Tai Chi is on Thursday afternoons at 2 pm as usual.

New Computer Course – Family History

Diana Gourley is running a special course at the Club: Researching Family History on the Internet. There will be an emphasis on: e-Resources on the National Library Website. We will begin with an introduction to researching your family’s history. Then you will learn how to search a range of Databases and Digitised Newspapers. You must have good internet skills & good general computer skills.

2 x 2 hour sessions, Wednesday mornings. Course starts in May.

If you are interested put your name & other details on the computer noticeboard.

Wellbeing Course – 9.30am Thursdays

There are places available in the Wellbeing Course run each week at 9.30am on Thursday mornings, the following speakers are presenting on these topics:

31st March – Sandra Gray – Street Smart Seniors (from COTA).

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@cotaact.org.au or call 6282 3777.

St John ACT First Aid Information Sessions for Seniors

St John ACT offer free occasional first-aid information sessions for retirees/seniors on various topics. The sessions book up quickly, the next one is available on Wednesday 4 May which is on heart attack, stroke, burns and anaphylaxis. For more information; ring 6282 2399. The address is 14 Thesiger Court, Deakin.

The 3rd Big Book Fair – August 2016

Yes it is on again! Now accepting books (and games, DVDs, CDs, Vinyl records).

Spiral Program – 2016


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.

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.

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.

Brett Yeats (committee member) 9/127 Hopetoun Circ. Yarralumla ACT 2600 02 6281 7684

2016 Program

24 March No meeting (Easter)

31 March “I’m a lawyer and I’m here to help”.

Kathryn Heuer is a founding partner of Certus Law, a former Registrar of the Family Court, has been practising family law and estate planning for over 25 years. Kathryn will talk about how the role and the work of lawyers has changed over the years and is capable of answering any questions you might have.

7 April The Heartbeats.

The first of two performances from the always popular David, Jim and Robin with Margaret at the piano playing a wide range of music and song.

I can confirm that URoC (the ukulele orchestra) will return on May 12 and also the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra (date to be confirmed).

For more information, please contact Sue Murray on 6281 6974, Angelika Dunker on 6281 4023, Sue Driscoll on 0418 697 240 or me (Brett Yeats) on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb.

Justice of the Peace

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