COTA ACT E-NEWS (#2 October 2018)

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#2 October 2018

COTA ACT AGM - Thank you

Thank you to all the COTA ACT members and friends who attended our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 24 October.

Attendees heard from Volunteering and Contact ACT on the benefits of volunteering. If this is something that interests you please visit the VC-ACT website:

You can view a copy of the 2017-18 COTA ACT Annual Report here


COTA ACT Little Library - call for books!

Once again we have found our supply at the COTA ACT Little Library dwindling. 

As you may be aware, the Little Library (in the foyer of the Hughes Community Centre) houses hundreds of books which are popular among attendees to the centre.

We welcome your donations of good quality used books (newer release fiction and cookbooks are in always demand) to help us keep our library stocked.

Earlier in the year, we launched a children's section of books in the Little Library, which has proven extremely popular. This section has been so popular that the books have not been coming back and we are down to our last couple. Staff at COTA ACT donated and purchased more than 100 children's books for this section which we are unable to maintain without further donations.

If you have any children's books lying around that you would like to donate they would be very appreciated. Or if you have borrowed any of these books for grandchildren we would love to see them returned. 


COTA ACT Christmas appeal

With the end of the year racing towards us COTA ACT has again partnered with GIVIT to collect donations of presents for local Canberra children doing it tough. Last year our gifts went to children at Kookaburra Kids and Gugan Gulwan. 

We will soon put up a tree with tags in the foyer of the Hughes Community Centre with gift tags, but if you would like to donate a gift in the meantime please feel free to drop it into the COTA ACT office (at the end of the hall at the Hughes Community Centre). 


Protect yourself from fraud

Do you know how to spot the key signs of fraud and how to avoid scams?

Fraudsters and scammers target people using any means they can, often pretending to be from governments, banks or trust organisations. 

Western Union has developed a brochure outlining the most frequent fraud scenarios that you should be aware of.

See the brochure here


Free information session - healthy bladder and bowels

Healthy bladder and bowel habits can help you avoid bladder and bowel control problems such as incontinence. Incontinence can have a major impact on your quality of life. If you or someone you know is affected by incontinence it's important to remember that:

You're not alone - 5 million Australians are affected by bladder and bowel control problems

COTA ACT is hosting the Continence Foundation of Australia for an information session on 

  • What is continence?
  • Healthy bladder and bowel habits
  • Bladder and bowel problems and risk factors
  • Where to get help

Afternoon tea provided following the session.

When: Wed 28 November, 1:30pm

Where: Hughes Community Centre Hall, Wisdom St Hughes

Bookings: To COTA ACT on 6282 3777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Do you know your senior living options?

LDK is a new provider in the ACT building a community in Tuggeranong.

Join LDK at one of their free retirement living forums at a free 2 course lunch session at the Town Centre Vikings Club in Tuggeranong

They are hosting free information sessions (which include a free 2-course lunch) over the next month which will cover: 

  • What’s happening in the seniors living and aged care industry?
  • What’s happening with government funding for aged care?
  • What accommodation and care options are available in the seniors living and aged care industry?
  • Who is LDK Healthcare? What is their vision for seniors living and assisting our elderly in their aged care journey? How can they help you and your loved ones?

To register for one of the seminars, click the link below:


Come and try - Musical Moves for Seniors

Improve your wellbeing – physically, cognitively & socially.There is a growing body of evidence strongly validating the importance of exercise in the maintenance of our wellbeing – physically, cognitively and socially. Dance ticks all those boxes, with particular benefits to those with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic conditions. 

Taught by Jacqui Simmonds, a member of Belconnen Arts Centre’s Dance for Wellbeing team

 Where: COTA Hall, Hughes Community Centre Wisdom Street, Hughes

When: Fridays, 10.00-11.00am

Cost: $5.00 per person / class

What to wear: loose comfortable clothing, light shoes

What to bring: a bottle of water

Walkers and wheel chairs welcome

For further information contact COTA: 6282 3777


Upcoming events

Music and Midday

Canberra Theatre Centre in Association with the Royal Military College looks forward to seeing you at Music at Midday. The RMC Band will be delivering another fantastic performance making for another enjoyable Music at Midday concert.

When: Tuesday 30 Oct, (2 shows) 11am and 12:30pm

Entry by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Karinya House



Veterans Film Festival 2018

The 4th annual Veterans Film Festival returns to Canberra, on 1, 2 and 3 November.

The 2018 Program includes a number of classic films and Australian premieres. Films include: Journey's End, Kokoda, The Spirit Lives - Australia and Anna's War - Russia. 

For more information and to buy tickets go to


Having Better Conversations

  • Do you have a hearing loss?
  • Do you find yourself struggling during conversations?

If so, come along to the ‘Having Better Conversations’ workshop to learn practical strategies on how to successfully navigate your way through conversations. Bring your partner and/or family and friends.

What will you learn in this workshop?

  1. How hearing loss impacts people and what this means
  2. What conversation is all about and how typical conversations work
  3. How to benefit from research on conversation skills of people with 
  4. Practical, evidence based strategies to try
  5. Activities to practice your new found strategies

Join Jenna Golab—Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT)

When: Mon Nov 12, 6-8pm

Where: ACT Deafness Resource Centre

RSVP: by 8 Nov This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone—6287 4393


Older pet owners: renting with a pet    

In a tight, competitive rental market, when you are a pet owner, getting and staying in rental accommodation can be a serious problem. When a pet owner cannot find accommodation the consequences can be dire, for the pet owner and their pet. It can lead to homelessness.

A public session - Pet-friendly rentals: getting a better deal for pet owners and their pets  - on Wednesday 14 November from 9-11 in the Reception Room at the Legislative Assembly Building in Civic will look at what is happening for pet owners wanting to rent, the issues they face and the options and solutions there may be to get a better outcome for pet owners and their pets.

The line-up of speakers includes
  • Jan Phillips, President of Pets and Positive Ageing;
  • Teresa Kent, Founder, Canberra Dog Rehoming (Facebook);
  • Deb Pippen, Executive Officer, Tenants' Union ACT;
  • Dr Liz Walker, Chief Executive Officer, RSPCA Victoria;
  • Jo Wood, Coordinator-General for Family Safety, Community Services Directorate, ACT Government;
  • Richard Davies, Co-Principal, Belle Property Kingston; and
  • Samantha Henry, Senior Manager of Engagement Services, Northside Community Service.

This session is free but bookings are essential - through Eventbrite on

For the full program and information about the speakers, see this link:

For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0427975500


CALDWays for Multicultural Communities ACT

Find out everything you need to know about the government funded services available to support you to continue to live well now and in the future.

Multicultural Seniors from ACT & Southern NSW are invited to hear from experts, and speak with representatives from:
  • Centrelink
  • My Aged Care
  • Dementia Australia
  • Planning Ahead
  • ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS)
  • Seniors Rights Service NSW
  • NSW Department of Justice
  • Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS)

When: Monday 19 November 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm 
Where: Hellenic Club Woden, Matilda Street, Woden, ACT 2606

Bilingual staff and volunteers will be available to assist you on the day.
Book now! Phone 4229 7566, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register online


Free photo-art day

The free photoart day is for women with mental and physical chronic disease through photoart, and run by Margaret Kalms

Women will learn how to use digital art photography to convey the ideas of self and impacts of illness

WCHM is running a free photoart workshop for women who have a chronic mental or physical disease on the 20th of November

When: Nov 20, 10:30am-6pm

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.