Catch Up is program designed to support and educate older women to strengthen their quality of life and financial security by improving access to resources and services available.

What is Catch Up 4 Women?

Catch Up 4 Women is a bold new Family Life initiative that seeks to identify better strategies for raising awareness and educating women about what they need to know, and be prepared for, in order to age well, in control of their circumstances.

The Catch Up 4 Women program brings women together to learn, socialise and support each other and facilitate engagement with specialist advice and resources. General learning is proposed through coaching or mentorship to develop a plan customised to each individual’s circumstances.

Hear more about Catch Up from Family Life CEO Jo Cavanagh and some volunteers who have contributed to the project. Watch this short video

Why do we need Catch Up 4 Women?

Our research findings uncovered evidence that women, ethnic minorities, and people who are divorced, widowed or never married are especially vulnerable to negative wealth shocks. The risk is equally severe regardless of people’s initial net wealth – being richer before the shock is not a protective factor. Read the detailed report here

There are many contributing factors that have been blamed for older women not having the financial means or financial capability to remain in the family home. These include:

  • the predicted population growth of people aged over 65
  • domestic violence
  • a decreased market for casual jobs
  • women now finding themselves single due to death or separation

Many women are coming to the end of their careers and have less superannuation than men, due to:

  • time out from the workforce
  • raising children
  • gender inequality in wages

For more information about the program, click here

What is the solution?

Following community consultation, Family Life has developed a program to support older women as they age.

Catch Up 4 Women is a customisable local program to strengthen knowledge, skills and connections with specifically developed materials and resources including a thorough mentor training program, dedicated Facebook group, targeted App, mentor handbook and a insightful report detailing the drivers of the initiative and the solutions we implement.

What next?

Join Us at the Catch Up 4 Women launch event on Thursday 15th August – click here to register for this free High Tea event

Become a mentor – register your interest (via the form below) to join the pilot program as a mentor to help older women access resources and support they need

Donate funds – to help us raise awareness and increase visibility of this issue to support older women of the future. Click here

Watch – Catch Up 4 Women’s National Advisory Group representative Avril Henry on the ABC The Drum on Monday 27/5/2019 Avril speaks about Catch Up from approximately 12.30 minutes into the program until 14.40 mins.

To find out more about Catch Up 4 Women, please call (03) 8599 5488 or email

Catch Up Mentor Registration Form

Application form for individuals to register interest to become a Catch Up 4 Women mentor
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