Community Support Links

Council of the Ageing (COTA) Queensland

COTA Queensland works to influence legislation, Government policies and programs, community attitudes, and to facilitate social change by providing leadership and advice on issues for Queenslanders as they age. COTA works with older people, community organisations, service providers, peak agencies, researchers, Government at all levels. As part of its advocacy work, COTA develops ongoing constructive relationships with a network of stakeholders within and outside of Government.
Read the Memorandum of Understanding between the Network and COTAQ.

Local Government Association Queensland (LGAQ)

The LGAQ is the peak body representing local government in Queensland in its dealings with other governments, unions, business and the community .The LGAQ is 100 per cent council-owned. As a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee, the Association serves the state’s 77 councils. Membership is voluntary, and all Queensland councils are members.
Read the Memorandum of Understanding between the Network and LGAQ.

Office of Fair Trading Queensland

The Office of Fair Trading serves Queensland consumers and businesses by:
• providing information and advice about their rights
and responsibilities • helping resolve marketplace disputes • licensing a range of occupations • investigating unfair business practices • prosecuting unscrupulous businesses • registering incorporated associations, charities
and cooperatives • providing information about product safety.

Home Assist Secure

Home Assist Secure is a service for Queenslanders aged 60 years and over, or people of any age with a disability, who can’t undertake or pay for critical home maintenance without assistance. This service provides safety-related information, referrals and subsidised assistance.

My Aged Care

My Aged Care aims to make it easier for older people, their families, and carers to find information on ageing and aged care by providing online information and trained call centre staff to help older Australians. My Aged Care provides an entry point to Australian Government–funded aged care services. Older Australians looking to access government-funded aged care services need to apply for an assessment on the My Aged Care website or by calling the My Aged Care contact centre.

Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. We have online learning resources as well as a Network of community partners – the Be Connected Network – who offer support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others.


YourLifeChoices is a digital publication and website for the 50+ audience, helping Australians navigate midlife and the retirement landscape. Since 2000, YourLifeChoices has provided news and expert guidance from a team of legal, investment and retirement professionals, health and lifestyle articles, how-tos, reviews, tips, government information, retirement resources, quizzes and games. Need to know more about retirement income, the Age Pension and your entitlements? YourLifeChoices may have the answers. Membership is free.

Smart Savings

Smart Savings is a Queensland Government initiative. On its website people can find and apply for concessions and rebates that can help ease cost of living pressures for Queenslanders. The savings cover a wide range of cost of living items such as transport, energy and water, seniors, education, housing, training, legal and savings applied to community groups.

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association

ASCCA is the Peak Body representing Computer and Technology groups and clubs for Seniors throughout Australia. Our members encourage, empower and enthuse Australian Seniors to embrace technology in order for them to actively participate in the digital world safely, competently and confidently. We are here to support these clubs in their endeavours to decrease the digital divide for Australian Seniors.

Scottish Volunteering Forum

The Scottish Volunteering Forum is a group of organisations passionate about increasing volunteering, working collaboratively for the overall benefit of volunteering. Key aims are: To enable and encourage more people to get involved in volunteering to ensure equality of opportunity for all; to support quality volunteering experiences, resulting in more people continuing to volunteer; to lead and enable the realisation of the benefits of volunteering; and to gain consensus of the key strategic pillars that will support the overall aims including a commitment to complement each other.

Learning, not Lonely – Third Age Trust UK

The Third Age Trust works with over 1,000 member learning co-operative charities and organisations in the United Kingdom. They are called the Universities of the Third Age (U3As). The Trust commissioned research in 2018 to assess the impact of this lifelong learning movement.
Read the report on this research here.

Recognise Symptoms of a Stroke – and Take Action

How do you know if someone is having a stroke? Think… F.A.S.T. The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T. test as an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke. Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions: Face: Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?; Arms: Can they lift both arms?; Speech: Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away. A stroke is always a medical emergency. The longer a stroke remains untreated, the greater the chance of stroke-related brain damage