Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 3/6/2016

First Aid Presentation by St John Ambulance – Thursday 26 May

Special Speaker and Presenter- Dr Kim Schmid and her two assistants, from St John Ambulance gave a very informative presentation and demonstration on CPR, Defibrillation, Heart Attack and Stroke to over 30 members on Thursday 26 May.

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

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


The U3A Warrani Chorale is a group of women who enjoy singing in four part harmony a variety of songs from ballads to classical. For their first concert this year they are presenting songs depicting the beauties of nature on Wednesday 15th June, 10.30am at Weston Creek Uniting Church Parkinson Street

What: “The Beauties of Nature” A Selection of peaceful songs reflecting the beauty of the world around us.

When: Wednesday 15 June 2016

10.30 – 12 noon

Where: Weston Creek Uniting Church

Parkinson St, Weston

Cost: Admission by gold coin donation

Light refreshment included.

New ACT Seniors Card Directory Website

The brand new ACT Seniors Card Directory website has just been launched. The ACT Seniors Card website contains information about obtaining an ACT Seniors Card, finding participating businesses, special offers and discounts, and information for businesses about how to participate.

You can find the website here: ACT Seniors Card


If you have severe mobility problems or some other health conditions, you can apply under the ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme for a card to use in taxis that will subsidise the cost of your trips. The Scheme is not means-tested and is not limited to particular types of trips (e.g. medical). To find out more about eligibility and how the Scheme works, call 6205 1012 or ask your GP.

Flexible Bus Service in Canberra

The Flexible Bus Service is available to Canberra residents who have limited access to public transport options.

It is a basic bus service which is localised to particular zones. Designed specifically for residents such as the aged or people with a disability, the Flexible Bus Service is a free service which operates off a basic timetable, picking up residents from their home and taking them to local community service providers such as local shopping centres and hospitals.

All mini buses are wheelchair accessible. The service is assessed on a case by case basis. To qualify, you may be asked if you comply with the following criteria:

  • seniors card holders with mobility issues
  • seniors card holders aged 70 or over
  • living in a nursing home and/or retirement village
  • impacted by a permanent or temporary disability that prevents you from accessing regular route services
  • holders of Vision Impaired (VIP)/Total & Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) travel pass.
  • Carers with a valid carer’s card are welcome to travel. If you are a carer or need your carer to accompany you on the bus please let the operator know at the time of booking.
  • For bus bookings, please phone 6205 3555. An operator will take your details or assist you in finding alternative options. Bookings can also be made via email to: flexiblebusservice

Bookings must be made two days prior to travel. There is no same day service. Pick up of passengers from suburbs around particular zones commence at 9.30am and return trips start promptly at 1.30pm. For more information please visit: http://www.transport.act.gov.au/catch_a_bus/accessible-public-transport

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 9 David Bennett from Canberra Repertory Society

Witness For The Prosecution is Agatha Christie’s most celebrated courtroom drama and the Rep season will run from June 16 until July 2. David is playing the role of an inspector and will give us some background to the production. Past Spiral speaker Alice Ferguson has a role as does Spiral-member June Holland’s son Peter. David is also the current President of this wonderful society.

June 16 TBA

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

Ian and Cora Wallis who 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-1990’s.

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.

Justice of the Peace

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