As part of the launch of YourLink, we're helping you get to know our wonderful launch partners and service providers.
Here's our Q&A with Older Women's Network (OWN) NSW.
1. Tell us a little bit about your organisation.
Established in 1987, OWN aims to promote the rights, dignity and wellbeing of older women. Our goal, as a self-help association run by volunteers is to encourage mutual support and friendship amongst our members and to foster a positive attitude toward ageing.
OWN NSW is run by older women for older women. Members of OWN define the issues that are of primary importance to them as older women. We believe in a society rich in social capital, where mutual respect and trust are paramount, where diversity and debate are valued and where people and their networks have a legitimate voice.
2. What services do you offer for seniors and their families?
The services that OWN offers are a place of belonging, friendship, activities, outings and community work. There are a range of wellness activities held at the six wellness centres around the Sydney region. OWN frequently have additional events that inform and inspire members on a range of topics relating to social justice issues, wellbeing, and camaraderie. OWN advocate and lobby on issues that affect older women such as financial equity, housing, domestic violence and employment.
3. Can you share an example of how you've helped or are helping seniors in the community?
OWN offers regular support to socially isolated women by inviting them to attend group meetings, provide opportunities to be involved in a range of OWN activities such as the theatre group, book club, drumming group and choir, and to empower women to help themselves and others in their community. OWN offer to older women a feeling of belonging within a society that does not always meet their needs or acknowledges their presence and value to society.
4. What's the best way for someone to contact your organisation?
5. Why have you joined YourLink?
We believe OWN is an important and valuable organisation for women, providing support, and lobbying for their rights to be an equal and valued citizen. It is important that as many women who identify as older (45 years and over) are aware of our existence.