OWN Groups and OWN Wellness

OWN Groups

In 1987 a group of older women, tired of being invisible and ignored, established a network focused solely on the concerns of women nearing or past the age of retirement.

The Older Women’s Network NSW (OWN) is now a peak women’s organisation, recognised and consulted at all government levels on such issues as violence and abuse, homelessness, transport, health and housing, as well as home, community and residential care, the environment and education.

It makes good sense that older women, the wellspring of our society, should contribute their wisdom and life experience to national decision-making.

OWN’s network of groups across NSW are located at:

  • Bankstown
  • Blacktown
  • Brisbane Water
  • Chatswood
  • Deepwater – Woy Woy
  • Hastings
  • Illawarra
  • Macarthur
  • Newcastle
  • Nowra
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Sutherland
  • Sydney
  • Wollondilly
  • Wyong

Each OWN group offers activities to suit their membership, including film and book groups, discussions, visits to exhibitions and other interesting places, guest speakers, theatre parties and whatever else is likely to inspire and motivate!

OWN Wellness Centres

Have been established in areas where the group’s primary focus is conducting active ageing programs. OWN’s model of Wellness takes a holistic approach incorporating activities into the lives of women which enhance their physical, emotional and intellectual wellbeing.

Depending on the location – they all have different programs – this may include:

  • Feldenkrais
  • Qi Gong
  • Discussion Groups
  • Book Club
  • Craft Group
  • Walking Group
  • Chinese Painting
  • Computer Classes
  • International Dancing
  • Drumming
  • Tai Chi
  • Extra Gentle Exercise
  • Folk Dancing
  • Thai Yoga
  • Ukulele

If the OWN group nearest you does not offer an activity that you think would change the world for older women, then join, and make it happen – that’s how OWN works! Unlike many other groups, OWN was never designed to be a ‘service provider’, – but rather a collective of sisters doing it for themselves!

OWN groups are managed and run by our members, and your group will be everything you want it to be, as long as you jump in boots and all. What are you waiting for?