A little bit country

For over 70 years the Country Women’s Association has made life better for women and children living in rural Australia and their work is just as relevant, if not more so, in these modern times.

With approximately 25,000 members and 1500 branches, the CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia and is self-funded and neither political nor sectarian, with their opinion being sought on many issues. Members are asked to participate in preparing responses to proposed legislative changes before they are sent to the appropriate body.

The CWA also offer great opportunities to get out there and meet new people and learn new skills, with classes being run in crafts, drama, cooking, public speaking and floral art. Workshops are also held to enable older members to get to grips with today’s modern technology such as ATMs, computers and electronic banking.

It’s all for a good cause too! As well as supporting local communities, The CWA have published the Country Classics cookbook, which is packed full of useful recipes for feeding a family or making and freezing for those living alone. The proceeds from the sale of the cookbook provide a scholarship to enable a nurse to undertake an undergraduate course and continue to work in a rural or remote community. Scholarships are also awarded at state level to students of all ages, in all fields.

For more information on how to locate and join your local CWA branch or to find out more about the excellent work they carry out across the country, click here.

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