These free or subsidised services are available
Online university for seniors
Provided by University of the Third Age
U3A Online provides online short courses for older people who enjoy learning but prefer the freedom to study where and when they choose. All that's needed to study online is access to a computer with an Internet connection - and some basic computing skills. Our courses are open to all older people, and are especially suited to older members of the community who are isolated either geographically, or through physical or social circumstances. U3A Online also offers many other useful resources for older people.
Companionship and activities
Provided by Australian Men's Shed Association
We are men with time on our hands who would like something meaningful to do. We might be restoring furniture, fixing bicycles for a local school, fixing lawn mowers or making a kids cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. There might be a few young men working with the older men learning new skills and maybe also learning something about life. There are tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. We can also learn to cook and to how contact our families by computer.
|Cost||Small yearly fee|
|Phone||1300 550 009|
Citizen science: Birdwatching
Provided by Birdlife Australia
Join our community of observers and bird data collectors. We have long relied on our community of dedicated volunteers to assist in monitoring and collecting data on Australia's birds. These days this valuable effort is called ‘Citizen Science’. We have two online portals that are the gateway to your important contribution as a citizen scientist. Birdata allows you to contribute to the Atlas of Australian Birds project. Not only is it a convenient, hassle-free way to submit data, but it allows your data to be made instantly available to our team of researchers. You also get access to bird lists and distribution maps. Our Citizen Science Portal, supported by the Atlas of Living Australia, is where you can contribute your observations of native birds to a number of our projects.
|Phone||(03) 9347 0757|
Provided by Alzheimers Australia NSW
Thinko! is fun and exercises six key areas of your brain. With our exclusive range of games, trivia and brainteasers, your frontal lobe and its mates will be tingling with excitement. There are new puzzles each day so exercise your body’s coolest organ and keep it in top shape! All you have to do is hit PLAY. You can play online puzzles everyday or register to run your own Thinko! event with friends to receive our free GAMES PACK or TRIVIA PACK. Take a break and have a Thinko!
|Phone||1300 636 679|
Living Longer, Living Stronger
Provided by COTA WA
COTA WA’s Living Longer Living Stronger program has more than 6,000 people over 50 enrolled across WA who participate at over 60 locations in individually supervised strength training programs. Each participant is assessed and the program commences at the appropriate level for each individual. Over the course of 2 or 3 fully supervised sessions per week, strength training weights are gradually increased.
Provided by Zooniverse
If you're connected to the internet, you can help scientists in many different ways. Sort gorgeous images of galaxies from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope into their shapes to help research at Oxford University. It's a job that humans are much better at than computers and the oldest person doing it is 96! Or you might like to help transcribe old ships' logs to help scientists better understand the climate of the past. Another favourite is to identify animals caught on automatic cameras in Serengeti National Park in Africa. You don't need any experience to begin, just a sense of adventure!
Useful links for family trees
Provided by National Library of Australia
Links listed on this website offer a variety of information relating to family history and genealogy including guides, indexes and digitised images of documents. They also provide links to other informative sites both in Australia and overseas and pathways to make contact with other family historians via indexed family trees, mailing lists and bulletin boards.
|Phone||(02) 6262 1111|
Provided by People Who Care
Leisure Centres in Guildford and Mandurah provide crafts, painting classes, computer lessons, movies, exercise sessions, lunches, quizzes and games. There are also regular group excursions to markets, plant nurseries, wineries, restaurants, swimming pools, shopping centres and gardens. Transport from the client’s residence to the Leisure Centre can be arranged if required.
|Phone||(08) 9379 1944|
Citizen science: Recording wildlife
Provided by ClimateWatch
Watch your favourite wildlife or plants and record the changes online to assist scientists understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. ClimateWatch is an initiative of the Earthwatch Institute.
|Phone||(03) 9682 6828|
Provided by Conservation Volunteers
If you have a reasonable level of health and fitness you can help us care for nature by volunteering on one of our many conservation projects across the country, such as planting trees, collecting seeds and conducting environmental surveys. Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and no prior skills or experience are required. You can also show your support by becoming a member and staying up to date with what we’re doing.
|Phone||1800 032 501|
Public toilet map
The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia. Useful information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, accessibility and other nearby toilets. You can browse a specific location, or use the Trip Planner facility. There are even apps for mobile phones!
|Phone||1800 990 646|
Free online family tree
Provided by Geni
It's easy to build your family tree online. You can invite other family members to contribute too! Geni is the world's leading collaborative genealogy site. Our world family tree contains more than 62,454,662 connected profiles. Search Geni to find out how your ancestors are connected.
Provided by Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Find your nearest computer clubs for seniors who are interested in using computer technology for lifelong learning and communication.
|Phone||(02) 9286 3871|
Find volunteering opportunities near you
Provided by Volunteering Australia
About 40% of Australians volunteer. There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from making a difference to people in your local community. Volunteering offers many other rewards too. You can learn new skills and gain valuable experience in a wide range of areas that may or may not be related to your paid work. It's also a great way to meet new people who share your interests. It’s easy to make a world of difference. This website makes it easy for you to find an opportunity that meets your interests and location.
Directory of community organisations
Provided by Do Something!
Do Something Near You is a community directory and volunteer portal. The website helps you find charities, councils and communities where you can volunteer your time to help others.
|Phone||(02) 9519 8766|
Provided by Wrap with Love
Join volunteers who knit squares which are sewn together to make warm wraps to be sent all over the world to provide warmth and comfort to those suffering extreme cold. In the past 18 years we have sent more than 250,000 wraps to people in over 75 countries, including Australia, often after natural disasters. We have a wide network of area contacts and drop-off points.
|Phone||(02) 8399 3000|