Senior Circle

Brisbane Seniors Group

Brisbane Seniors Group is a service delivered by the Sinhala Association of Queensland (SAQ). The purpose of the service is to create an enabling environment for seniors and their supporters (and all community members) to engage in meaningful activities that promote the well being of the senior most members in our community.

As such the annual program is designed to engage the entire community, incorporating intergenerational interactions to create understanding and harmony, trips to interesting places, providing health and well being information and programs and opportunity for volunteering.

Currently the group meets monthly on the last Saturday from 9.30 am – 2.00 pm. Having fun at every meeting which promotes a sense of well being is the main focus of the group. As such singing and the shared lunch are regular features of the meetings.

Brisbane Seniors Group was established under the auspices of the Sinhala Association of Queensland in the mid 1990s. As the community grew, a need for services for seniors was identified. The founding of the group was the work of a handful of dedicated community members. ( a more comprehensive history of the group will be made available in a future update.)

Important details

The name of the group is Brisbane Jeshta Puravesi Hamuwa - Brisbane Senior Citizens Group
When? They meet monthly on the fourth Saturday from 9.30am- 2.00-pm
Where? At Cooper's Plains Library Community Meeting Room
Contact? Sam Fernando on 0422 406 619 or email:

Bus trip 2018

We have more photos on Flickr from 2018, click here to see them.


The invitation to SAQ Seniors to present ' TASTES OF SRI LANKA ' under the World Kitchen program was a result of the close relationship forged between Sinhala Association of Queensland and Brisbane City Council which has been a long term supporter of SAQ Seniors with an annual grant.

The presentation by SAQ Seniors highlighted the multicultural ambience of the Sri Lankan society. Enriched by the culinary contribution made by the Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher communities, 'the daily Sri Lankan meal' accentuating the taste of harmony, won the hearts of the multicultural audience as they enjoyed the tastes of Sri Lanka.

According to Sian O’Shea (Coordinator Community Liaison | Library Services), when asked what were the best aspects of the event, customers wrote:

“The food was divine!”

“Recipes, food, talks, history of Sri Lanka, seeing actual ingredients. All good – no improvement needed”

“Presenters well prepared speech’”

“Informative about Sri Lanka as a country, its people and the tasty food. It met my expectations – a big thank you to all who organised this event”

“Multiculturalism of the event and the opportunity to learn the traditional food of others”

“Sampling the food and talking to the ladies about the spices”

“Information about Sri Lanka, the food and tasting. And we could talk to the chefs to ask questions”

So as you can see, it was well received and appreciated. We are really looking forward to hosting the event again at Grange library.

Sian O’Shea

Coordinator Community Liaison | Library Services

Brisbane Lifestyle | BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL


Brisbane Square | Level 8, 266 George Street, Brisbane Q 4000

Phone: 07 3403 6193 | Fax: 07 3403 9969 | Mob: 0414 358 979


Senior's Meeting - Activities during the Year 2015

Month Theme

January 17th

Planning meeting to discuss the program for 2015

February 28th

Election of Office Bearers

March 7th

Seniors trip to Murwillumbah ashram

March 21st

A talk on Health & Wellbeing by Dr Sepalika Jayamaha

April 25th

New Year & Easter celebrations and the presentation by ARCARE reg. the aged care facility

May 16th

Yoga demonstration by Dr Francis Suraweera

June 27th

A talk on Mindfulness by Dr Sepalika Jayamaha

July 4th

Madhu Festival

July 25th

Demonstration by Sue Silcox on 'Arm chair exercise'

8th August

Annual alms giving at Goodna Temple

15th August

to be advised

26th September

Computer demonstration by Dr Francis Suraweera

17th October

Demonstration on Photography by Lekha Suraweera

28th November

to be advised