War Widows NSW provides understanding, contact and friendship with other members as well as a range of benefits and services to its members.
We offer a wide range of services to its members including Advocacy, Support and Advice, Guild & Social Clubs, the Friendship Line, Transport, the Digest, Digital Training and events.
We have achieved significant improvements to the assistance provided to war widows through its advocacy over the years. A wide range of benefits and concessions have been achieved.
Our office is closed but we are still here for you
In line with the COVID-19 restrictions across Greater Sydney, our Chatswood office is closed but staff are working from home. Office phone lines are diverted to a team member, so there may be a delay to attending to your call.
At this time, our Social and Guild clubs in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas are not meeting in person.
We thank you for your continued support and patience.
Stay safe and take care.
AWW NSW Team.
Established for women, by women, the Australian War Widows NSW Ltd is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation whose mission is to promote and protect the interests of war widows in NSW.
The organisation was founded in 1946 by Mrs Jessie Vasey, widow of Major-General George Alan Vasey.
Originating as a craft guild for war widows to supplement below-basic-wage-level pensions, the organisation has been relentless in working to improve the lives of war widows.
Entitlements include the War Widows’ Pension, tax-free and indexed to the CPI; the Domestic Allowance; Income Support Supplement and health and medical entitlements. Other successes have come in the form of concessions for transport, water and council rates, free car registration and drivers licences.
The organisation provides a range of services to war widows and members and operates with significant volunteer input from its thousands of members and its small staff.
WAR WIDOW SNAPSHOT
MEET OUR MEMBERS
Gwen Cherne is a contemporary widow who is advocating for widows and service people with PTS.
Meg Green joined the organisation in 2008, shortly after her husband Gordon, a Vietnam Veteran, died.