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Who are we?

Growing Old Disgracefully is an older women’s network which challenges the stereotypes of older women. We come together to have fun, to share our experiences and knowledge, to learn from each other, and to grow together in a safe and non-judgemental environment.


All over the UK, women are meeting to participate in activities, seize new opportunities and forge new friendships. We call these meetings Growing Old Disgracefully Groups! There are currently active groups all over the UK and there’s sure to be one near you. Check with us to see where your nearest group meets. If you would like to begin a new group, we’re here to help. Our team offers help, support and even financial assistance to those starting new groups.

the aim of the network is to :

  • To make the most of the rest of our lives
  • To meet like minded women and make new friends
  • To counter stereotypes of older women
  • To encourage positive attitudes to ageing
  • To share laughter and a sense of fun
  • To extend our horizons
  • To support each other

What we do

Growing Old Disgracefully is an older women's network where members create most of their own events and activities.

these include:

  • Talking, laughing and singing
  • Reading, writing and learning
  • Skydiving and ballet dancing
  • Discussions and debates
  • Crafts of every description
  • Visits to interesting places
  • Sailing, ballooning and going on adventures!


At Growing Old Disgracefully, we understand it’s not always possible to attend group meetings. That’s why we introduced our Cybergoddies group! This is an online environment where members can meet up to catch up with friends and discuss upcoming events. Many women find this a useful service with which to keep in touch. If you would like to join the Cybergoddies group, please visit its dedicated web page here.

We also organise workshops on subjects both serious and light-hearted.

for example:

  • Creative writing
  • Wobby voices
  • Bellydancing
  • Older women’s lives
  • Disgraceful to the end
  • Body language
  • When I say “No” I feel guilty
  • A dead good funeral
  • Assertiveness versus aggression
  • Art for fun
  • Writing one’s life story
  • Making time for yourself
  • The games we play
  • What makes us ‘disgraceful’?

There is never any obligation to join in anything, but it is always worth a try. You can suggest or organise your own activities as well!

Network news

We produce a newsletter ” Network News” 4 times a year which is always eagerly anticipated! As a member, you’ll receive a digital copy and previous issues are available in our members' section. Our more distant members are also able to feel connected through the newsletter.

the newsletter includes :

  • Reports from the various groups
  • A variety of useful information
  • Articles from members
  • Details of forthcoming events
  • Minutes of our AGM
  • Book reviews, poems and humour
  • Pictures, cartoons and photographs

As a member, you can contribute to the newsletter in any way you like, and get your opinion heard!

If this sounds like the kind of thing you'd enjoy, visit our local
groups page to find out if there's a group near you. If you're already sold
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