Making a difference

Who Are We?

The Older Women’s Network Sydney was formed in November 2001 following the establishment of the Older Women’s Network NSW as the peak body for groups in NSW.

We are managed by a Working Group which meets bi-monthly to develop and support an environment in which the social, political and friendship needs of older women are met.

Join Our Group

Anna Logan on 0488 464 339
Menaka Cooke on 0407 918 690

Our goals, as a self-help group run by volunteers, are to promote enrichment, mutual support and companionship/friendship amongst older women; challenge negative attitudes about ageing; promote healthy ageing which includes social intellectual, physical and emotional factors and influence the outcome of policy decisions affecting our lives.

We offer a wide range of interest groups and activities designed by and for older women, including:

  • Seminars
  • Interest groups
  • Discussion groups
  • Social events
  • Excursions

The Aboriginal Support Circle members who wished to do so have joined OWN Sydney, we hope to continue to support recognition of First Nations’ place in Australia’s history and identity.

Through our energy, competence and wisdom – and our readiness for fun – OWN Sydney can make a difference socially, politically and in our OWN lives!

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Membership of OWN Sydney is $15. The annual subscription rate to OWN Matters (the quarterly magazine) is $25.

For more information, please contact the OWN Sydney Coordinator:

Anna Logan on 0488-464-339 Email
Menaka Cooke on 0407-918-690 Email:

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Film Discussion Group

Sick of going to the movies on your own? – well why not go with OWN?

We get together on the SECOND Tuesday of each month and see a film at Palace Central at Broadway. To receive an email about the film we will be seeing contact Anne Barber below. After the film we talk about it (and any other films we have seen) at a cafe.

Want to know more? Contact Anne below:
Anne Barber: or 9699 3842

Bondi Junction Coffee and Gossip Group

A small friendly group have lunch on the first Friday of each month at Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club at 12 noon.  You enter the club from 93-98 Spring St, and like all clubs you’ll need to sign in.

Want to know more? Contact Lola below:
Lola Cummings: or 9665 8741

Book Club

Held on the Third Monday of each month – from 12.15 pm at 8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown.

Contact: Anne-Marie Kestle for more information – or phone 0408-740-435

Bring your lunch and be prepared to have fun.

Click HERE to download the 2024 book reading list.

Dates as follows:

2024:  Jan 15, Feb 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, Sep 16, October 21, Nov 18, and Dec 9;


Click here to download: Guidelines: OWN Sydney Organizational Guidelines 2010

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Find out today how you can get involved and shape the future of older women in Australia.

We would love to hear from you.
Any enquiry is welcome and we value your contribution.


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