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

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

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:

  • Workshops, seminars and training
  • Interest groups
  • Discussion groups
  • Social events
  • Physical activities

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 $10. The annual subscription rate to OWN Matters (the quarterly magazine) is $25.

For more information, please contact the OWN Sydney Coordinator:
Menaka Cooke on 0407-918-690 Email:
Anna Logan on 0488-464-339 Email

Upcoming dates for your diary:

OWN Sydney AGM

When: 29th September
Where: Newtown Wellness Centre
Time: 10 -2 pm

Anna Logan

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 the LAST Monday of the month to check out a film that has received some rave reviews and is showing at a cinema and price we like!

Want to know more? Contact Lola below:
Lola Cummings: or 0432 885 354

Bondi Junction Coffee and Gossip Group

Starts at 11am – on the last Friday of each month, and meanders through lunch, at Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club.  You enter the club from 93-98 Spring St, and like all clubs you’ll need to sign in.

Lola Cummings:

Book Club

Held on the Third Monday of each month – from 12.30pm at 8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown.

New books are chosen each session for the following month.  Contact Anne-Marie to find out what we’re reading now!

Anne-Marie Kestle – or phone 0408-740-435

Bring your lunch at 12:15 pm, and be prepared to have fun.

Dates as follows:

2023:  Jan 16, Feb 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, Sep 18, October 16, Nov 20, and Dec 11.

Click HERE to download the 2023 book reading list.

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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