COTA Victoria promotes health and well-being for seniors, including enhanced quality of life and increased community participation. Programs include Seniors' Week celebrations, cycling groups, friendly social visits, exercise programs and 'Older Men: New Ideas' (OM:NI) discussion groups.
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.
Strength training with our Strength for Life programs for older people can help you to stay active and independent as you age. Our training includes using weights – like hand weights, machines or just your own body weight – to build muscle strength and endurance. It can help you to stay active and independent with everyday activities like shopping, gardening, climbing stairs and playing with the grandchildren; prevent or manage chronic conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease; manage your weight; improve your posture, balance, coordination and flexibility; and build confidence and self-esteem.
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.
Probus provides you with the opportunity to meet with fellow retirees on a regular basis, listen to interesting speakers and join together in activities, all in the company of new friends. There are over 1,700 Probus Clubs with more than 125,000 members over Australia and New Zealand. You can join a mixed Probus Club or Clubs for ladies or men, the choice is yours. Membership is open to any member of the community who is retired or semi-retired and is looking for Fun, Friendship and Fellowship.
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!
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.
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.
Our local wildlife is doing it tough! Create your own habitat stepping stone to help them out. It's easy! Choose from dozens of beautiful plants and other habitat options that help your local wildlife. If you pledge to add three or more to your place, we will send you a Habitat Stepping Stone plaque for your front fence. You can also have a colourful bird appear at your place on our online map and join our wonderful Facebook community for local wildlife tips and to share your thoughts and photos.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Seniors Festival celebrates seniors each year in October. Featuring more than 1,000 free and low cost events statewide. Free public transport for Victorian Seniors card holders for the festival period. The full festival program is available from September onward from councils, libraries, neighbourhood and community houses and all Coles outlets.
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.
Find your nearest computer clubs for seniors who are interested in using computer technology for lifelong learning and communication.
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.
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.