OWLS Older Wiser Library Seniors

The Town of Port Hedland Libraries have launched a new initiative called OWLS for Hedland community members, 60 years and older. OWLS is a time to gather and enjoy a variety of activities whilst making new connections. OWLS is free, open to the public and registration is not necessary.

Why was OWLS established?

Through consultation and research, it was identified that there was not a lot of initiatives specifically tailored for older residents in the Hedland community. Based on the 2016 census, there are close to 1000 residents in Hedland who are 60 years or older. Statistically, Port Hedland has a lower percentage of older residents compared to the rest of regional WA. However, it is still vital that this age group is engaged and feels a sense of belonging in their community.

Older residents can experience social isolation and loneliness at higher rates than the general population. OWLS promotes the importance of coming together, sharing a love of literacy and supporting each other in our later years of life.

There are several benefits of regular social interaction, including increased energy, lower stress levels and mental stimulation.

The first OWLS session was launched on Wednesday, 16 May and received positive feedback from attendees.

What can I expect at an OWLS session?

You will feel empowered to share your wisdom, passion and experiences in the friendly Port Hedland Library setting. You will learn about the breadth of library services on offer, meet our friendly and understanding library staff, listen to special guest speakers and spark new and inspiring conversations with each other. Morning Tea will also be provided.

When was the first OWLS session be held?

The First OWLS session was held on Wednesday 16 May from 10.30am to 11.30am at Port Hedland Library.

When will the next OWLS session be held?

The next OWLS session will be held on Wednesday, 15 August at 10.30am at Port Hedland Library. Special Guest Chris Towsey from the Port Hedland Seafarers Centre will be coming along to discuss the history of the organisation and the impact it makes in the community. You can learn more about the mission of the Seafarers here.

How do I benefit by attending?

Engaging with the community and socialising regularly have a number of benefits. These include feeling a sense of purpose and belonging, increased self esteem and confidence and improved mental health. You will also hear from special guest speakers to discuss issues important you.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like any more information about the program, please call the Port Hedland Library on 9158 9378 or email phlib@porthedland.wa.gov.au