Community speakers

Community speakers

Our community speakers are ready to visit (or zoom!) your group

Our trained community speakers can provide talks on a range of topics (see below) for your group in-person (with a COVID-SAFE plan) or online.

We aim to help older people to make good decisions based on clear information. We know that people don’t like to be lectured, so we make sure that our talks are informal, interactive and entertaining for the people who attend. With one of our community speakers, you will hear about topics that relate to you and the rest of your group in everyday language.

If you would like a speaker to come to your group (or provide a talk by Zoom), please get in touch and we’ll be only too happy to discuss your requirements.

We will be holding more training for Community Speakers in 2021 – please email community.speakers@cotansw.com.au if you are interested.

Topics

The aged care system
This talk is part of our Aged Care Navigator program and covers basic information about accessing subsidised home care and residential aged care services. This includes how to contact MyAgedCare, home care, residential care and short-term restorative care. Takes about 30 – 40 minutes,  including time for questions and discussion.

Preventing energy hardship
This talk was developed in conjunction with Energy Consumers Australia and covers energy provision, how to reduce energy costs and how to negotiate better deals with energy providers. Takes  about 60 minutes, including time for questions and discussion.

Planning ahead
This talk is part of our Legal Pathways program and covers when and how to talk about the end of your life, palliative care, and the importance of planning ahead documents such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship and Advance Care Directives. Takes about 40 minutes, including time for questions and discussion.

Funerals the way you want them
How to have a funeral that commemorates the departed person in the best possible way, and doesn’t cause a financial shock. Covers the stages of the process, options you may not be aware of, costs and how to cover them, and grief support. Takes about 40 minutes, including time for questions and discussion.