Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 6/2/2015

New Time for Tuesday Gentle Exercise Class
The Tuesday morning Gentle Exercise class now commences at the earlier time of 9.30am running through to 10.30am. 

Computer and iPad classes
Computer and iPad classes have resumed after the holidays and we expect to have some vacancies in the next couple of months.

At present we are offering the following courses:
• Computing for beginners (6 two hour classes run over 6 weeks)
• Computing for those with some skills – Brush up on email, Internet and word processing (4 two hour classes run over 4 weeks)
• iPads for Beginners (4 two hour classes run over 4 weeks)

Please note computer courses cover the use of a PC running Windows (NOT Apple computers). The iPad course requires that you bring your own Apple iPad to classes – it does not cover any other tablet. 

If you are interested in any of these courses please check out the details on the Computer Noticeboard and register your interest on the relevant list.  

PeaceWorks a Community Based Activity to Commemorate WWI
The Club has been invited to participate in PeaceWorks, a community writing project funded by the Anzac Centenary Project in 2015-16.  It is an opportunity to participate in 2 structured workshops around the theme of ‘Yearning For Peace’ in World War I.  It is hoped that the Project will enable seniors to draw upon artifacts, histories and memories they hold related to the war and develop written works.

The objective of the project is to foster community based activities to solemnly commemorate WWI as a period in Australian history when great sacrifices were made to bring peace to the world.

An introductory workshop will introduce seniors to the scope of the project and provide materials to evoke written responses.  A second workshop will be conducted to assist in developing initial responses to completion.  Members of PeaceWorks who are experienced editors, teachers and writers will conduct these workshops.

Participants will be invited to submit their works for a published book.  An independent panel will judge submissions and an editorial group will then liaise with a publisher.  This book will have ISBN registration and will be advertised to libraries, schools, service clubs etc throughout Australia.

It is hoped to commence workshops in the second half of 2015 and have outcomes developed by Remembrance Day in November.  We need a minimum of 8 participants; if you are interested in being involved in this project please let Polly know.

Justice of the Peace
You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 1pm for Justice of the Peace matters.  Please note the change of time.

The Big Book Fair in 2015
Margaret Bourke still needs books and helpers. She is usually in the veranda on Monday and Friday mornings cleaning, sorting and pricing books so if you want to drop in for a chat and to lend a hand that would be greatly appreciated.

ANU Film Group
The ANU Film Group, has launched its new program which commences with a free screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Monday 9 February.  What follows will be 84 individually chosen films covering all genres, blockbusters, foreign language, documentaries and everything in between.  All films are screened at the Coombs Theatre, a lecture theatre by day and a cinema by night with a full sized cinema screen, film and digital projection equipment and cinema quality sound.

Annual membership costs $70 and entitles you to see as many of the 160+ films shown each year.  You also get six guest passes to use with friends/ family.  And a booklet of reviews of each film written by the members.  Semester membership is $40 (and three guest passes).  All you need to experience this amazing value is a love of film and a willingness to come along and see what this film society is about. There is no requirement to have any present or prior connection with the ANU to join.

Amongst the films being screened in the Feb to July program that fall into the ‘not to be missed’ category are (in no particular order) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , Still Alice, Winter Sleep, Mr Turner, Boyhood, Wild, St Vincent, Force Majeure, Jimmy’s Hall, The Water Diviner, Locke, Foxcatcher, Pride, My Old Lady, The Keeper of Lost Causes, Far From the Madding Crowd, Ida, Two Days and One Night, Selma, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Unbroken, The Theory of Everything.  Even Paddington.  Simon Weaving, ex director of the Canberra International Film Festival, will be introducing his latest film The Competition and doing a Q & A afterwards on March 11.  You will have to wait until July to see what we have in store for you in semester 2.

For more information go to the website www.anufg.org.au to see a full copy of the program, learn more about the history of the group, or to get some tips about the location and free parking around the venue.  Coombs Theatre can be somewhat difficult to find the first time, but is much easier the second time around!  Ring Brett Yeats on 6281 7684 or email him at yeatsb@iinet.net.au if you have any questions. 

Goodwin Aged Care Services
Goodwin has Home and Community Care hours for domestic assistance, personal care, social and transport.  Contact Michelle Preston on 6178 7272 or email mpreston@goodwin.org.au if you require assistance.

A Guide to Getting Around in Canberra, for Older Canberra Residents
A Guide to Getting Around Canberra has been put together by COTA to help you find your way around the transport system in Canberra.  In the Guide, you’ll find information about accessing buses, community transport and taxi options as well as suggestions about what to do if you’re faced with giving up your driver license.

You can access the Guide as a word document or a pdf.

If you open the Guide as a word document, you can go to any part of the document you wish by clicking on the hyperlink in the Table of Contents.
If you have any questions, please contact Jane at COTA ACT on 6282 3777 (jthomson@cotaact.org.au).

Don’t Drive, but want to get out and about?
COTA ACT is now providing a FREE travel assistance service for older people living in Canberra who want to get out and about more but aren’t familiar with the transport options available, are not sure how to get around physical limitations, or lack confidence.

The service is free and can provide a trained, police-checked volunteer who can discuss transport options with you, help you address barriers like confidence or health limitation, and explore what Canberra has to offer seniors.

The volunteer can also travel with you until you’re ready to go on your own. There’s so much to see and do – and COTA can help you get there.

Ring COTA on 6282 3777 to find out more.

Support available for seniors as part of SINC Program
CatholicCare has secured Home and Community Care (HACC) funding to provide services as part of the Seniors in Networked Communities (SINC) Program, and are taking referrals from people who meet the following criteria.

This program supports people aged 65 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over, who are frail with functional limitations as a result of moderate, severe and profound disabilities.

Support is available in the following areas:
◦ Social Support
◦ Personal Care
◦ Domestic Assistance
◦ Home Maintenance
◦ Case Coordination
◦ Transport

For more information please contact Karen Roberts on 6163 7683 or email at Karen.roberts@catholiccare.cg.org.au