Older Women's Network Queensland president Lee Hodgson.
Older Women's Network Queensland president Lee Hodgson.

Network offers support for women

THE Coast is about to get its own branch of the national Older Women's Network when the inaugural meeting of the Maroochydore Branch is held on February 26.

Queensland OWN president Lee Hodgson is putting out the call to women aged 40 from all areas of the Coast to attend the branch's free meet-and-greet function with morning tea at the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre in Cotton Tree from 10.30am.

Attendees will get to hear about what OWN is about and what this new group can do for the Coast community.

It will be a great opportunity for like-minded women to connect through this social get-together and to identify what are the needs of older women across the Coast.

"It's important to have these organisations for women, especially those that are on their own," Mrs Hodgson said. "We promote healthy ageing, encourage life enrichment, provide support and companionship, develop help for women that need it and promote intergenerational connections," she added.

"We give the members lots of information on healthy ageing and on mental health, and direct them to places that can help them if they are suffering these problems."

Across Australia OWN branches are involved in social interactions, common interest outings and hear from guest speakers on subjects of particular interest to the branch. Some branches meet weekly while others may meet monthly.

Each branch determines what they want to get out of the meetings and what activities suit their interests.

The not-for-profit organisation is committed to promoting the rights and dignity of older women. Through the national office, it advocates and lobbies for legislative reforms on issues affecting these women.

"We are involved in trying to get affordable housing for the older generation," Mrs Hodgson added.

The cost of the OWN annual membership is $5 per year which includes a regular newsletter. There is also a cost of about $5 each per branch meeting to cover the cost of morning tea and venue hire.

For more information and to advise attendance, phone Leonie Swainston on (07) 3358 2301 (Tuesday- Thursday) or Lee Hodgson on 0429 831 414.


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