Blog: Community

Housing Support Unit: “Housing is just the beginning of what we do”
18 May 2016

Providing housing for women is in the DNA of the YWCA movement. YWCA Canberra has been offering different forms of accommodation to women since the 1940’s. Over the years our housing services have evolved to meet the changing needs of local women and their families, but our commitment to providing it has remained strong throughout. Due […]

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Rowdy Digital: a partner and an inspiration
9 May 2016

At YWCA Canberra, we are fortunate to have built strong partnerships with organisations that support us with their expertise. Rowdy Digital, formerly ‘Goosebumps’, is the Creative Partner of the 2016 She Leads Conference, and is responsible for the branding and design of a number of YWCA Canberra projects, including Relationship Things Online, the redesign of […]

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Meet a candidate: Veronica Wensing
9 May 2016

With elections looming at both the territory and federal levels, we were interested to meet the women candidates standing for election for the ACT Legislative Assembly, to learn a bit more about them and their priorities for the community. This is the first of a blog series that we’ll be running on women candidates across […]

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Are you a pessimist or a Soroptimist?
4 March 2016

Soroptimist International ACT & Monaro is less than a year old, but already the organisation is making its impact felt throughout the Canberra and Queanbeyan region. Late last year, the ACT & Monaro chapter of Soroptimist International organised a sold out screening of Suffragette at Palace Electric Cinema which raised more than $2,000 towards YWCA Canberra’s Respect Ed programs. […]

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Y-Aspire: Firing girls up for their future
18 February 2016

In 2012 I was approached to research, design, implement and evaluate a leadership and self-esteem program for young women. “Why a girls group?” This is one of the most common questions I get asked when I introduce the Y-Aspire program to young women. ‘”Why not?!” is my answer. “Knowledge is power,” I tell them. Becoming […]

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Children smiling at Conder Early Childhood Service.

Statement regarding recent media coverage of childcare in the ACT
9 February 2016

Many of you may have seen some recent reports in The Canberra Times regarding the affordability and quality of early childhood education and care in the ACT. While the media coverage raised important issues, I believe that some information was misleading and could rightly concern parents. We would like to take the opportunity to provide […]

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Design, font & finding your feet in a new industry
28 January 2016

I spoke to Leah Falcocchio, the highly talented artist responsible for our Frugal Feast campaign artwork on design, her love of font and finding your feet in a new industry.                                           How long have you been […]

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A-Z: Inclusivity in Practice
19 January 2016

2015 was a busy year for our dedicated Youth Engagement Officers.  As well as running a bustling Youth Centre, managing the award-winning Computer Clubhouse and working one-on-one with young people, our quietly achieving staff established a new group. A-Z is a group for gender and sexuality diverse young people, providing a safe and non-judgemental space […]

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Canberra women’s groups stand in solidarity
14 December 2015

On Friday 11 December, YWCA Canberra, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, the ACT Women’s Legal Centre, Doris Women’s Refuge, Toora Women Inc, and Beryl Women Inc hosted a Day of Action against domestic violence. Domestic violence has received considerable media attention this year, much of it attributable due to the courageous work […]

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It’s a frugal feast at Christmas for some Canberrans
9 December 2015

Jordan recently visited the Lanyon Food Hub in Tuggeranong to meet some volunteers and members of the community who access the service.  Pay the gas bill. Service the car. Buy new school shoes for the kids. These are pretty ordinary expenses that we all juggle, crossing our fingers that at least they don’t all come at […]

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