Representing the interests of older Canberrans
COTA ACT works with older Canberrans to shape a more just and equitable community in which older people participate and contribute to their fullest capacity.
Older people should have access to the support they need to live rich, dignified and happy lives.
How we do it
COTA ACT provides a range of free services for both COTA members and the Canberra community.
COTA staff and volunteers provide advice and referrals to individuals on a wide range of issues. Pop into the Hughes Community Centre or call us on 6282 3777.
COTA ACT administers the ACT Seniors Card scheme and publishes the Seniors Card Discount Directory.
COTA ACT runs free information programs on health and well-being issues. Come to Hughes for a session, or we can come to you. Information session are presented by guest speakers, COTA staff or trained Volunteer Peer Educators.
We also collaborate with the University of the Third Age (U3A) to present a series of interesting forums from June to November each year.
The COTA ACT Policy Council is a representative group of older people with an active interest in seniors' issues and a commitment to ensuring that seniors have a strong voice in the community.
The Policy Council identifies issues and priorities (local, state and national) that COTA should focus on, and helps determine COTA policies based on members' input, research and consultation.
The COTA ACT Housing Advisor assists older people to access appropriate and affordable housing and care. Make an indvidual appointment or book a group information session with our Housing Advisor.
ACT Seniors Week
COTA ACT runs ACT Seniors Week in March each year with the support of the ACT Government. This is a week of interesting and exciting events for ACT seniors. The major events include the Seniors Week Expo at Exhibition Park, the Chief Minister's Concert featuring the RMC Band, and the Positive Ageing Awards.
Sessions for Seniors
COTA ACT hosts one on one sessions for individual seniors with a range of community groups and government organisations. You can contact us to book in for a session with groups such as the Advance Care Planning Team, Legal Aid and the ACT Police. Call us on the Seniors Information Service to make an appointment.