Newcastle Inc.

In 1992, Di Ford, a Rural Aged Care Worker in Newcastle, organised an Awareness Day attended by representatives from OWN Sydney. Newcastle Older Women’s Network was launched at a public meeting in October 1993 and has been meeting monthly since 1994.

We welcome any woman who is happy to identify as an ’older woman’. We have around 40 members ranging in age from 60 to 90, although we encourage women 45 and up to join.

OWN Newcastle is a self-help organisation committed to promoting the rights, dignity and well being of older women through workshops, lobbying and social activities.  We lobby on behalf of the older members of our community on relevant issues, locally and at State and National levels.  Our members have many skills, experience and personal resources to offer each other.

Our monthly General Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, at the Sydney Junction Hotel, Beaumont Street, Hamilton.  We have a business meeting followed by a guest speaker, discussion or other activity.  Other outings and lunches are arranged at the monthly meetings.  Then members who wish to, may go on to have lunch.

Join us and explore the various eateries of Newcastle, with monthly coffee mornings and social gatherings at various locations that take our fancy or offer us a good deal!  Our Two co-ordinators and a committee of six do a fabulous job of organises the Group’s activities.  You’ll be able to find us by keeping track of our travels through the Monthly Meeting Minutes which are distributed to all Members.

There really is something for everyone:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Coffee Mornings
  • Lunches
  • Social Gatherings
  • Bus, Train and Ferry Trips
  • Group Walks
  • Dancing

If you would like to be part of a lively, supportive group, working together to make a difference for yourself and for other women in the Newcastle area, you really must get in touch.  Like all OWN Groups, our meetings and activities focus on the recognition of older women, our environment, health, discrimination, violence and abuse, home, community and residential care, housing, transport, education, income security and carers.

We believe that with our energy, competencies, skills, wisdom and readiness for fun, older women can make a difference socially, politically and in their own lives.

Our Contact Details
Val Menzies
Email: menzies.valerie@gmail.com
Phone: 4952 1239

Caroline Gibson
Email: c.gibson1@optusnet.com.au
Phone 4962 1079

Joan Lambert
Email: joan.lambert@bigpond.com
Phone: 4963 2077