Community Education Programs

Community Education

COTA ACT delivers information across the community a number of ways. We run talks and sessions aimed at older people and work with other organisations to provide information, advice and referrals at their events and locations.


Information Sessions

COTA ACT offers guest speakers to talk to groups on issues that are relevant to people over the age of 50.

A COTA ACT speaker can come out to your group and provide you with information about:

  • What we do
  • Housing options (including staying in your own home)
  • Navigating the aged care system
  • Seniors Cards and discounts
  • Transport
  • Upcoming events
  • and more!
These talks are free of charge - contact the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Community Education Program

COTA ACT’s Community Education program encourages and enables older people in our community to minimise the risks to their health and well-being. We offer a range of free community education sessions to increase awareness of services, and provide practical and relevant information

Our sessions are delivered using a ‘Peer Education’ model. This is a process where people who share common ground teach and learn from one another.  COTA trains presenters aged over 50 who then volunteer their time to talk to older people in our community about healthy ageing issues.

 Community Education Sessions are:

  • Free of charge
  • Delivered by fully trained volunteer Peer Educators
  • Available across Canberra (some topics are available in NSW)
  • Structured with a practical focus including discussion of simple strategies to deal with the issues raised
  • Designed to be interactive – attendees are encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences
  • For groups small or large
  • Designed to last for up to an hour

 Available Community Education Sessions:

  • “Street Smart Seniors: A COTA ACT Road Safety Initiative"

About “Street Smart Seniors: A COTA ACT Road Safety Initiative":

Street Smart Seniors is a free program providing local and practical road safety information for older Canberrans.

What will you learn?

  • Being an older driver—the advantages and the challenges
  • Road safety and pedestrian safety tips
  • How to transition from being a driver to a non-driver
  • Travel and transport options and concessions for seniors
  • Where to go for further help or information

Sessions can be adapted to suit particular groups and their interests



  • ACT Seniors Cards
  • ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory
  • The Seniors Information Service
  • Housing Options Advisory Service
  • Information on services for older people and their carers
  • Community education, information sessions and events
  • Community centre hire


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Council on the Ageing (ACT)
Hughes Community Centre
2 Wisdom Street Hughes ACT 2605
Telephone: 02 6282 3777
Fax: 02 6285 3422
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