Sutherland Wellness

Pat Donaghy 2014 Seniors Week Achievement Reward The Award

When Noreen Hewett and Barbara Burnham came to the Sutherland Shire they researched the needs of older women, aged 55 years and over, and found that social isolation of older women was a priority that needed to be addressed.

At their instigation, Sutherland Older Women’s Network (OWN) Wellness Centre started in May 2001 with a grant from the Sutherland Shire Council. In 2001 and 2002, South East Area Health Service allocated grants to Sutherland Wellness and, as this funding ceased, Sutherland District Trade Union Club allocated successive grants each year as part of its Community Development Support Expenditure grants.

Today, Sutherland Wellness is run on a day-to-day basis by volunteers with around 150 registrations and an extensive range of activities.

We meet twice a week at the Pensioners Centre in Sutherland for most activities. The Meditation, Ukulele and the Book Club classes are held at Sutherland’s Club on East and the Line Dancing class is held at the Uniting Church Hall, Sutherland.

Our Centre is committed to providing a holistic approach to achieving and maintaining physical, mental and emotional health and well-being through a range of affordable self-paced physical, educational and social activities within a caring and supportive environment, allowing older women to make informed choices regarding their own wellbeing.

Our range of activities include:

  • Tai Chi
  • Feldenkrais
  • Gentle Exercise
  • Mid-strength Exercises
  • Stengthening Exercises
  • Meditation
  • Ukulele Class
  • Line Dancing
  • Zumba
  • The DAMES (a performance group) 
  • Book Club
  • Morning Teas
  • Out and About (social outings)
  • Monthly get-togethers with speakers
  • Workshops
  • Computer Courses


At our Centre we believe older women have substantial and significant life experiences to contribute and a strong desire to be socially active in a meaningful way.

Our aim is to provide members with skills to maintain their health and wellbeing in an all-inclusive and welcoming environment.

We operate under the philosophy “For older women by older women”

Sutherland Older Women’s Network is supported by Sutherland Shire Council, Club on East and Tradies.

Term 3, 2019 Activities Program

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Our Contact Details

  • Pat Patterson – (02) 8502 3265 –


Two Ukulele Class members strumming away…


Members enjoying our Melbourne Cup luncheon 2016.

2014 NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Award
Congratulations to Pat Donaghy for receiving the 2014 NSW Seniors Week Local Achievement Award for her work in the Sutherland Shire with the Sutherland OWN Wellnes Centre.  Mark Speakman, State Member for Cronulla said that her input far exceeded that of all the other applicants.

Click here to view the Award Nomination letter written by Noreen Guihot.  See above for photos of the award presentation.

Sutherland Wellness turned 13!
On Friday 9th May we celebrated our 13th Anniversary with a luncheon at the Tai Rose Restaurant in Sutherland.

As well as partaking of delicious food, singing “Happy Birthday” to ourselves and devouring slices of the Birthday cake we played a couple of games to keep the brain cells working.  It was a great few hours and all involved with the organising are to be congratulated.

We look forward to our 14th year with anticipation.


On Friday 28th November, 80 Sutherland Wellness members, dressed up in all their Christmas finery and assembled in the United Services club’s “Club on East”, function Room 2 for their Christmas Luncheon.  It was a grand affair with tasty pork cutlet or chicken mignon for mains and Christmas pudding or pavlova & berries for desert.  Our hospitality ladies did a magnificent job of decorating the room and tables creating a really festive atmosphere.

Our meal consumed it was time for a bit of frivolity.  Cilla is amazing with the games she comes up with to have us all in high spirits.

On the table In front of each guest was a present. This was handed over to the person on the right or left according to the monologue Cilla read out. The present you ended up with became yours.  What a variation in lovely gifts there were!

Have you ever tried throwing balls through a small hoop and landing them in a bucket?  Takes team work and a lot of co-ordination!

The hysterical part of the afternoon was the making of Rudolph.  One team member donned a pantyhose head dress .  The team members then proceeded to fill each leg (the antlers) with seven balloons. The legs were then tied off with ribbon and a red nose put in place.  Go to “THE GALLERY “and see the results!

Our afternoon concluded with our performance group, The Dames, leading us in some Christmas carols.

A satisfying ending to a very successful, fulfilling year.