Let’s come together Queensland!
Celebrating a Queensland for all ages, Seniors Week 19-27 August 2017, provides the opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities, connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, to celebrate the many contributions older people make in their communities.
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland coordinates Queensland Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government and receives funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities.
Both COTA Queensland and the State Government value the contribution older people have made – whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community leaders or carers, grandparents or advocates.
Seniors Week aims to:
- improve community attitudes toward older people and ageing
- facilitate community participation including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- enhance community connection and intergenerational relationships.
Funded by the Queensland Government, the program provides $100,000 to subsidise events and activities held during Queensland Seniors Week.
How it all started
COTA Queensland initiated the first Queensland Seniors Week in 1960. Back then it was called Old People’s Week and COTA was known as the Old People’s Welfare Council. The language has since changed, however the values and importance of this week have remained the same. In the 80s and 90s we maintained a coordination role, and following a period of State Government coordination, COTA returned to coordinating the Week in 2013. From 40 events in 2012 to 862 events in 2016, Seniors Week continues to go from strength to strength and is a major annual event.
Who is COTA Queensland?
COTA Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation advancing the rights, needs and futures of people as we age.
- Contributes to an understanding of ageing enabling older people and all sectors of the community to plan for healthy ageing through education advice and activities
- Promotes and engages in research which is of interest and concern to older people
- Provides older people with information that enables them to make informed choices and act on their own behalf
- Works in partnership with older Queenslanders to shape COTA’s policy and advocacy work to challenge and influence decision-makers to co-create positive social change
- Advocates giving priority to older people experiencing injustice, discrimination, disadvantage or disability
- Provides advice to governments, community organisations and businesses on how to be Age-friendly