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"

Hall and Function Room Hire

COTA ACT is based in the Hughes Community Centre, where we offer several rooms for hire in a clean, friendly and well-appointed environment; and at very reasonable rates.


Contact COTA ACT on 6282 3777 for availability.   

Please note: our rooms have a number of regular hires, which means there is limited availability, particularly during weekdays.

Room booking rates can be found below. 


The Hughes Community Centre is located in a residential area where noise restrictions apply. The Hughes Community Centre is strictly ALCOHOL FREE and not available for hire for parties.



Occupancy: 140 people (seated)

Inclusions: trestle tables (15), chairs, kitchen (containing a stove, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and instant hot water), lectern, projector screen (no AV equipment) and small stage.




Occupancy: 25 people

Inclusions: trestle tables (x2) , chairs, projector screen and a whiteboard. No AV equipment provided.



Occupancy: 45 people

Inclusions: trestle tables (x9), projector screen and whiteboard.  No AV equipment provided. 

 Please note: Room 2 and Room 3 are only available for hire on evenings and weekends. 


Download our room booking rates here


If you have a recreational group, educational or work function, and are interested in hall or function room hire, please contact us for further information:

(02) 6282 3777
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Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom street,
Hughes, Canberra.


Our Work

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. 
Policy Council
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. 


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  • 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


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