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What is TOMNET, and what do we do?
TOMNET provides older men with opportunities for mateship, the chance to re-connect with the community, and cope positively with life after loss. TOMNET is a non-religious and non-party political organisation, and all men are considered equal.
Our aim is to reach out to older men who are lonely, isolated, and in need of friendship. Men over 50 years of age are welcome to get involved with TOMNET. There are many opportunities outlined on this page for building friendships and getting involved. Contact us for more information.
Older Men – The Forgotten Generation
Radio COTA Podcast # 98 looks into the forgotten generation that is older men. We speak with Louise Adcock, the Manager of The Older Mens Network, (known as TOMNET), which creates networks of older men (50+) who genuinely care about the welfare of each other and find a sense of belonging.
Retirement and Engaging Older Men in the Community Brochures
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Many men are emotionally unprepared for the loss of their stable work routine and the sense of purpose it carried. Learn how to plan for a successful retirement.
Monday to Thursday | 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Closed public holidays
How to find us?
223 Hume St, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Please use the contact form below to send your enquiry.
We will contact you as soon as possible, alternatively, please call the TOMNET Centre on 07 4638 9080.
What's on at TOMNET?
Keep up with what’s happening in your organisation. Featuring stories from bus trips, Volunteering, barbecues, helpful articles on mens issues, a few jokes here and there, plus events and special interest group updates. Please contact us for previous versions of the Newsletter.
If you would like to receive the TOMNET Newsletter via email, please use the Contact Form to send us your email address and you will be added to our mailing list.
Older Men Hidden Hardships Documentary
The TOMNET DVD features the lives of six older blokes sharing their stories of hardship and personal struggles in an effort to highlight older mens issues.
“its not always easy, indeed its mostly very hard for older blokes to tell you how they really feel. Here are the stories of six of our older men, who courageously let us into their lives, their struggles, their innermost feelings and how they found light at the end of their personal tunnel.” Narrator – Royce Perkins
TOMNET DVD Fundraising
Sales of the TOMNET DVD help raise valuable funds for Members while spreading the message of older mens issues within the wider community.
The full 28 min DVD features the lives of six older blokes sharing their stories of hardship and personal struggles in an effort to highlight older men issues. To order your copy of the DVD, please contact the TOMNET Centre on (07) 4638 9080. $10 non – Members, $5 TOMNET Members
Interest Groups and Regular Activities
TOMNET Members are involved in a range of activities which promote mateship, wellbeing and support. Our Members invite you to come along and meet a few of us, we all have something in common.
Retired Farmers Mens Meeting
At the TOMNET centre (223 Hume St) on Tuesdays, retired farmers get together and have morning tea with each other. Many farmers retire to Toowoomba and lose their connections with the bush, and each other. We are trying to reconnect these men to help them regain their sense of purpose in retirement. Come in and have a coffee, meet a new mate, or connect with an old one.
From 10 a.m. until noon. every Tuesday except for Public Holidays.
Wednesday Mens Meeting
TOMNET on Wednesday:
1.00 p.m. until 3.00 p.m. every Wednesday at Gold Park, located at 341 Hume St, Toowoomba
(entrance next to South Toowoomba Bowls Club)
Member driven – every week is different.
Guest Speakers, Life Stories, Trivia Days, Singing, Barbecues and much more.
Come in and meet some of the guys.
Thursday Mens Meeting
At the TOMNET centre (223 Hume St) on Thursdays, 20-30 blokes get together and shoot the breeze. Come in and have a coffee, meet a new mate or organise a get together.
From 9 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. every Thursday except for Public Holidays.
Weekly Interest Groups
- Cards – Mondays and Wednesdays (8.30 a.m. til 11.30 a.m.)
- Chess – Wednesdays (8.30 a.m. til 11.30 a.m.)
- TOMNET Minstrals (singing group that visits Aged Care homes)
Details can be found in our Newsletter or calling the TOMNET Centre.
Aged Care Visiting Teams
Currently we visit Lourdes Aged Care, Yukana Retirement Village, BUPA Rangeville Aged Care, Nubeena Rest Home, Westhaven Retirement Village, Brodribb Home, Salem Lutheran Nursing Home and Symes Thorpe.
TOMNET's message throughout the community...
TOMNET's 12 affiliated Groups in QLD
The map below shows the groups actively supporting older men within their communities. Contact details are listed below, or call the TOMNET Centre (Toowoomba) on 07 4638 9080.
Setup your own TOMNET group...
Help spread the TOMNET message. We can help you setup your own older mens network. Call the TOMNET Centre for our step-by-step guide - we will help.
Address: 223 Hume St, Toowoomba, 4350
Phone: 07 - 4638 9080
Oakey Mens Group
President - Bruce Hoppe Phone: 0432 759 947
Secretary - Gerry Samuelson Phone: 4691 1812
Phone: Bernie Shelton (0427 236 597)
Inglewood Mens Group
"The Mates Shed" c/- Andrew Granzotto
55 Chilcott St, Inglewood, QLD 4387
PO Box 77, Inglewood, QLD 4387
Crows Nest Mens Group
Address: Crows Nest Bowls Club
Phone: Paul Fleming (4698 1056)
MOMnet - Millmerran
MOMnet - Millmerran
Address: Millmerran Community Support Centre,
50 Commens St, Millmerran
Phone: 07 - 4695 1829
Highfields Mens Shed
Address: Cabarlah, Qld
Contact: Richard Creagh
Phone: 0412 687 338
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Tara Mens Group
Graham Muller - email@example.com
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of each month at CWA rooms Tara
Toowoomba Mens Shed
100 Glenvale Rd & 127A James St Toowoomba Qld 4350
Dalby Mens Group
Contact: Leisa Finch (Facility and Program Coordinator)
Phone: (07) 4662 0152
TOMNET inc Management Committee
President - Stan Carroll
Vice President - Alan Yorkston
Treasurer - Allan Jones
Secretary - Greg Sellars
Preventing Suicide in Older Men since 2001
Our expertise is Older Men. The Older Men's Network was originally formed by eight older men who identified high levels of suicide in their peers within the Toowoomba community. They set to reduce this. The group was driven by older men, for older men - this fundamental principle is the reason for TOMNET's continued success today.
The Management Committee meet every 3rd Monday of the month at 9.30 a.m., except December.