We have 25 special interest and activity groups. Groups generally meet during the day, on a weekly or monthly basis, although there are some evening and weekend groups.

These interest groups are the main focus of SWIC and allow members to socialise, learn, have fun and make friends. They are generally held at members’ homes or at a community centre or sports facility. While Art & Culture takes us all over Sydney to galleries and cultural institutions, other groups involve sport, foreign language conversation, reading, art, craft, strategy games like Bridge and Mah-jong, going to the movies and the theatre, lunching, or out for a casual social night. The range of groups grows and develops over time, depending on the interests of our members. If you have a special interest you’d like to pursue, there is scope to create a new interest group.

Interest Groups include:

Art & Culture

Art & Culture focuses on visits, every third Tuesday of the month, to art galleries and places of cultural interest in and around Sydney.

Art Classes

Weekly art classes are conducted by a member at a hired studio, for those who wish to paint.

Book Group

Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at two venues hosted by members. The book list for the year is selected at an annual lunch.

Bridge

Intermediate standard Bridge is enjoyed on Monday afternoons at two locations – one in the eastern suburbs and the other on the north shore.

Café Society

Café Society meets on the third Thursday of each month for a light meal and chat at a variety of luncheon venues around the city.

Choir

The Choir provides an uplifting start to the week, meeting on Monday mornings. The ‘SWIC Sweet Voices’ perform at SWIC functions and charity events.

Craft

The Craft Group meets on the first Friday of each month, with members working on their latest projects over a light lunch.

English Conversation

This group provides an opportunity for members who have English as a second language to practise their English in a relaxed, supportive and informal environment. They meet on the third Monday afternoon of the month.

Evening Book Group

The Evening Book Group meets monthly on a Monday evening and is for members who may be working or have daytime commitments. The reading list differs from that of the Tuesday book group.

Evening Social Group

This group offers a range of activities for members who like to participate in social activities outside working hours, and occurs on the third Thursday of the month at various venues.

Floral Art for Special Occasions

This activity is offered four times a year by a SWIC member who teaches floral arrangements for special occasions, such as Easter, Mother’s Day, Fathers’ Day and Christmas.

French Conversation

Convened by native French speakers, this activity is held on the fourth Monday of the month and is aimed at those who want to ‘polish up’ their oral French and those who enjoy speaking with their compatriots.

German Conversation

This is all about conversation over a cup of coffee, and is aimed at those who want to practise their German and those who enjoy staying in touch with their mother tongue. The group meets on the fourth Friday of the month.

Golf

Nine holes of friendly golf are played on Friday mornings at the charming Warringah Golf Course in North Manly and on Wednesday mornings at Woollahra in the eastern suburbs. The groups combine for an annual golf tournament.

Go Saturday

Go Saturday is for members who want to explore the cultural aspects of Sydney at a leisurely pace and in an informal self-guided atmosphere. The group meets on the fourth Saturday afternoon of the month.

Ladies’ Night Out

Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, this is a social group for members with daytime commitments, which gathers in the early evening for drinks and conversation (dinner optional).

Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies Who Lunch is on the first Wednesday of each month, and is the perfect sociable way to sample some of Sydney’s most interesting restaurants, cafés and bistros.

Mah-jong

Mah-jong is played every Thursday afternoon at two different venues. No experience is necessary as the Western form of the game can be taught and new members are always welcome.

Movie Group

The Movie Group meets on the fourth Tuesday morning each month to see a film at Dendy Opera Quays Cinema. There’s usually a coffee or a light lunch afterwards to discuss the film and chat with friends.

Rummikub

This is for members who enjoy board games. The Rummikub players meet fortnightly at a set venue, and can also enjoy coffee breaks and and something to eat.

Singles Supper Club

This is an evening activity for members who are on their own and enjoy dining out in company. It is held on a monthly basis at various restaurants around the city.

Tennis

Tennis is played on Thursday mornings in the eastern suburbs and on Monday mornings on the north shore. There’s also an annual tournament with lunch to follow.

Theatre Group

Theatre Group is an opportunity to attend the theatre with friends and enjoy a pre- or post-theatre meal and chat. The Convenors identify a ‘play’ each month and members buy their own tickets. The day of the month varies, depending on the performance.

Walking

Explore Sydney Walk is on the second Wednesday of each month and involves moderate exercise of 5-7 kms over 2 hours, with the added bonus of exploration and learning about the history of our beautiful harbour city.

Short Walk, on the third Wednesday of the month, is for those who prefer level terrain and a walk of up to 3 kms.

Challenging Walk, which takes place on the first Tuesday of the month, is for those who like challenging bush and coastal walks of about 9-11 kms and which take 3-4 hours.

Information Services

Springboard

Springboard offers support in settling a member into her new neighbourhood through a ‘buddy’ system. A ‘buddy’ is assigned to the new member to meet for a chat and to offer a welcome as well as some local knowledge.

Monthly Morning Teas
(March-November)

A morning tea – with an international flavour – is held on the second Tuesday of each month, providing an opportunity to meet new friends. We periodically hold Neighbourhood Morning Teas so that newcomers can meet local members.

Monthly Activities

Each month our activities team organises an outing to a place of special interest, open to all members.

Special Events

In February we hold our Annual General Meeting and Birthday Lunch, and in December our Christmas Lunch. Two or three times a year our committee also organises a special event which partners or friends are welcome to attend.