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 Sheds 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|
Provided by The Shed Online
The Shed Online is an online social community for men, founded by beyondblue (the national depression initiative), The Movember Foundation and the Australian Men’s Shed Association. The Shed Online is a place for men to socialise, network, make friends and share skills. It aims to recreate the atmosphere of “real life” Men's Sheds – a safe space where men can feel confident to discuss and exchange information. The Shed Online aims to foster a sense of community and build men’s social networks.
Citizen science: Researching weather
Provided by University of Melbourne
OzDocs is run by a climate research group and we need your help to recover historical weather and climate information! Here's how it works: 1) Sign up as a volunteer; 2) Read a document such as a newspaper article (provided online); 3) Answer some questions and extract some information from the document; 4) Move on to the next one! Each document takes about 5 minutes to finish and you can save your progress at any time to continue later. Whether you help us with one document or hundreds we welcome any contribution that you can provide. OzDocs volunteers are already digging up detailed accounts of droughts, floods, bush fires, locust plagues and there’s so much more waiting to be discovered.
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 WA Government
Seniors Week is held each year in November, with a wide variety of activities and events across Western Australia including the popular Have a Go Day.
|Phone||(08) 6217 8700|
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|
Provided by Wrap with Love
Joint 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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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!
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.
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|
These commercial services are available
Senior traveller tours and getaways
Provided by Senior Traveller Tours & Getaways
We bring you a range of holidays for groups, couples or singles. Specialising in escorted group rail tours for Seniors plus unique itineraries. Share your holiday with like-minded people, creating new friendships and enjoying the holiday that you deserve. We make sure that every aspect of your holiday is carefully planned and organised right down to the last detail so you can relax and concentrate on enjoying yourself.
|Cost||Fee for service|
|Phone||0448 100 415|
Provided by Heart Foundation
Heart Foundation Heartmoves is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn't done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is open to everyone and is designed to be safe for people with stable long term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or obesity. Heartmoves is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs. Classes are limited in size to ensure maximum safety for the participants.
|Cost||Fee for service|
|Phone||1300 36 27 87|
Group holidays for over 60s
Provided by Young at Heart Holidays
We operate all-inclusive, small group holidays throughout Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island for the 60-plus age group, with a maximum of 20 passengers. Easy paced travel is our specialty and holidays range from short breaks of 4 to 8 days up to 19 day itineraries. Exciting destinations include many areas in northern Queensland, central Australia, the Top End, the Kimberley and Australia’s west coast. We also specialise in “stay put” holidays where we travel to one destination, often with apartment-style accommodation, and from this central location we explore the surrounding areas in a very easy paced itinerary.
|Cost||Fee for service|
|Phone||(03) 9875 1411|