Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 6/5/2016

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.

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.

Your Brain Matters™ – Worried About Your Memory?

Alzheimer’s Australia’s Your Brain Matters™program guides you on how to look after your brain health. To live a brain healthy life, you need to look after your brain, body AND your heart. This program will show you how.

Most of us worry about our memory from time to time – at any age – but certainly more so as we get older. In this information-rich age we hear a lot about memory and quietly wonder whether our memory lapses are something that we should be concerned about. This part of the session will cover the definition of dementia, the causes, prevalence and impact.

This session is suitable for the general public.

Presenters: Jill Brown, Community Educator, Alzheimer’s Australia

Michelle Chaplin, Community Educator, Alzheimer’s Australia

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Cost: Free

Venue: Kaleen

RSVP 6255 0722 or


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

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.