OWLS: Older Wiser Library Seniors

The Town of Port Hedland Libraries has 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. 

Older residents may 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 2018 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 a friendly 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 2018 from 10.30am to 11.30am at Port Hedland Library.

Please follow the Town of Port Hedland Facebook page to be updated on when the next OWLS session will be or check out the posters in the libraries.

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 discussing a range of interesting topics.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like any more information about the program, please call the the libraries on 9158 9373 or email sthlib@porthedland.wa.gov.au