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Building a stronger COTA for Victorians 50+

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged 50+ in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led the development of government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing. We continue to promote the way all older people can contribute to Australia’s unique culture and standard of living.

The board and senior management of COTA Victoria have developed a three-year strategy to build on our organisation’s unique history, our volunteers and our extensive networks. COTA Victoria’s focus is on promoting older age as a time of opportunities for personal growth, contribution and self-expression. There are obvious benefits to this approach. At the same time, we recognise the vulnerabilities that some people experience as they age and have a strong focus on protecting people’s rights as well as providing programs that support health and wellbeing. COTA is an organisation run by, for and with older Victorians, and we work to influence policy and decision-makers on issues that matter to our constituents. More information about our strategic plan can be found in the following document COTA VICTORIA STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2018-2021

Unfortunately, we have had to say goodbye to a number of valued staff members recently, in order to align with our new strategy. Sharon Granek completed her contract on 30 June as Manager, Community Participation, a role that will not be replaced.  We thank Sharon for her contribution to COTA’s advocacy during her time with us. We now have three team leaders heading up three important areas of our strategy going forward: Policy, Advocacy and Engagement (Donna Swan); Volunteers and Education (Karen Ivanka) and we welcome Nicky Barry to lead the new strategy for the Information Outreach Team. Senior Rights Victoria (SRV) continues their important role in promoting and protecting the rights of older Victorians experiencing elder abuse. We have a wonderful team of volunteers supporting many areas of the organisation’s work.

We invite you to join us in continuing to pursue our purpose of advancing the rights, interests and futures of Australians as we age.

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2 Responses to Building a stronger COTA for Victorians 50+

  1. Cheryl ebert says:

    Hi, I have just had my 70th birthday and moved to Venus bay. Are there any exercise, strength classes in this area I could join???

  2. Nicky Barry says:

    Hi Cheryl. Unfortunately we don’t have a Living Longer, Living Stronger program running anywhere close to you at the moment. We encourage you to make contact with the Venus Bay Community Centre They have some great programs, including a weekly walking group and will have good local knowledge about other exercise programs nearby.
    Alternatively, you can also ask directly your local gym to deliver our Living Longer Living Stronger program

    Thanks for contacting us.
    COTA Team