Have you noticed that once your hair turns grey and you have passed that 50 years hurdle that there is a change in some people’s attitude towards you? We call it discrimination and we enjoy changing this attitude.
How do we do this? We find ways to show people how we are ageing in a healthy way through social and intellectual activities. We use the skills and talents that we have developed in past decades and keep an eye out for what is new on the horizon.
Wyong OWN’s first meeting took place on March 1st 1996 in Margaret Street, Wyong. Val Brigden was elected as the coordinator. Later, June Goss took on being the coordinator. An early activity was a day at “Rose Cottage” Women’s Health Centre with some of the OWN NSW Theatre Group.
Issues raised at this workshop were transport, politicians, hospital care and housing. Quickly OWN Wyong settled into its pattern of meeting the first and third Monday of the month. By February 1998 we found a permanent meeting place thanks to the help and cooperation of Rose Cottage.
We meet on the 1st Monday of the month at 1pm for discussion and guest speakers. This takes place at “Rose Cottage”, 7 Rose Street, Wyong. We also meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at different times and venues for various social activities.
Some activities are now held with other groups such as Newcastle, Gosford and Sydney. Some members attend Sydney conferences, courses and marches such as IWD.
- Group Meetings
- Guest Speakers
- Social Outings
- Community Action
Wyong OWN endeavours to provide an opportunity for older women to voice concerns and opinions and be heard. We pass on local community news and raise awareness of worldwide women’s issues. Friendship and acceptance of women are important. Our meetings have seen many informative speakers with topics ranging from home protection, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, euthanasia, falls prevention, to local transport and women’s histories.
On our outing on the third Monday, we often attend galleries, exhibitions and museums. Exploring the beauty and attractions in our large Wyong Shire and assisting other women in participation are some of our aims. We have made donations to Indian orphans and now help support an orphanage for street children in Nepal which is run by a Central Coast woman.
We look forward to new members joining, continued learning and the formation of new friendships.
Wyong OWN welcomes you to contact us:
Our Contact Details
Secretary: Beverley Woodfield
Email: Leonie Higgins firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 4390 9022