Celebrating 90 years in Canberra

YWCA Canberra is a feminist not-for-profit organisation that has provided community services and has represented women’s issues in Canberra since 1929. 2019 saw us celebrate ninety years of providing essential, quality services for women, girls and families in the ACT and surrounding regions. Our history is bound to the history of Canberra shaping itself in response to changing local, and societal contexts. See our achievements and share your story.

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Our members are at the heart of everything we do. Through our members we create a community of people who share our passion for equality and social justice. By combining these common values with the talents and goodwill of our members, the possibilities are endless! Sign up to become a member.

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ACT Government has announced a snap lockdown commencing 5pm Thursday 12 August. We want to reassure our community that YWCA Canberra’s services will continue to be available to those who need them during this lockdown period.

All our Children Services programs are continuing to operate for children of essential workers. Parents of children enrolled in our services will receive direct communications about how to access their services and the measures in place to support essential workers during lockdown. If you have any concerns or questions, please email childcareaccounts@ywca-canberra.org.au, or call your Centre as usual.

For other YWCA Canberra Services, please see below information for how you can connect with our team should you require support:

🏠 Housing and homelessness

Our team is available to support existing and new clients with housing and homelessness issues. Please call 0455 558 077 or email housing@ywca-canberra.org.au to speak to a team member.

🥫 Lanyon food hub

Emergency Food will be available via contactless pickup from the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Clients are required to wear masks and check in when collecting food. Please call 6185 2090 or email mlycc.manager@ywca-canberra.org.au.

☎️ Domestic violence support

Our qualified DV specialists are available to support you. Please call 0439 457 907 or email respect@ywca-canberra.org.au to have a confidential discussion.

💻 Education and training

Students will have received direct communications about their classes. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 02 6185 2079.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many in our communities, and we are committed to following all government advice and working together to stop the spread of the virus.

👥 Youth engagement

We have developed a virtual program of events for young people involved in our youth engagement programs, including an online spring school holiday program.

Our youth workers are available for one-on-one videos or phone calls. You can organise one by emailing the youth engagement team or calling 02 6185 2000.

⭕ Circles of Support

Covid 19 Update: Circles of Support is still operating remotely but is unable to work with child clients (11 or younger) during the lockdown. We are continuing to support parents and adolescents online or via the phone. All referrals for child clients will be added to our waiting list. We currently have a 3 month wait to see a counsellor.