Blog: Community

Anti Poverty Week 2014

Anti-Poverty Week: Shining the spotlight on poverty in Canberra
10 October 2014

We don’t often use the word ‘poverty’ these days. It’s been superseded by terms like ‘financial stress’ or ‘economic hardship’ that somehow soften the reality. But Anti-Poverty Week (October 12-18) is an opportunity to strip all that away and focus on the stark realities, as confronting as they may be. At YWCA Canberra, those delivering […]

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Relationship Things panel event

Relationship Things – the impact of online technology on sex education
8 October 2014

On Friday 17 October, YWCA Canberra will be launching our newly revamped respectful relationships resource, Relationship Things, with an expert panel event exploring issues around sex education and young people. Here, panelist Angela Christian-Wilkes, a Canberran Year 12 student shares her insights into the impact of the internet on sex education. You can read more about Relationship Things online, and about […]

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YWCA Canberra wins Mental Health Week award
8 October 2014

YWCA Canberra’s innovative Y-Aspire program for girls was recognised this week in the 2014 ACT Mental Health Week Awards. It was rewarded for its success in helping to prevent mental illness in young women, picking up the award for ‘Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention – Organisation’. Y-Aspire is an early intervention leadership program to support […]

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Erin-Claire Barrow

Staff Snapshot: Erin-Claire Barrow
2 October 2014

At YWCA Canberra, we’re really proud of the vibrancy and diversity of our staff team. We’ll be bringing you regular Staff Snapshots so you can meet our team and find out a bit more about the people behind our programs and services. Today, meet Erin-Claire Barrow, Youth Engagement Officer.  Can you tell us a bit about […]

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AIDS 2014 delegates

Why the face of the AIDS pandemic is now female
4 September 2014

This article was first published on Women’s Agenda on July 24, 2014. On Monday, the first official day of the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Dr Lydia Mungherera from Uganda said, ‘I think the face of the pandemic is a female face.’ Increasingly, this is becoming more evident. Rates of HIV are growing […]

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Zoya Patel

AIDS 2014 – Perspectives from a World YWCA delegate
4 September 2014

From 19 to 27 July, the 20th International AIDS Conference took place in Melbourne. The peak event for HIV/AIDS researchers, community health workers, activists and people living with HIV, the Conference drew 15,000 delegates to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, for a packed week of panels, plenaries, workshops, exhibitions and cultural events. I was fortunate enough […]

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RAP 2014 cover

A new chapter in our Reconciliation journey
4 September 2014

We are really excited to have launched our third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on Wednesday 13 August 2014, at our Lanyon Youth and Community Centre. A RAP is a tool designed by Reconciliation Australia to help organisations build positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community. Our RAP formalises […]

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Clubhouse Coordinator, Lach and a Clubhouse member working on some programming.

YWCA Canberra Computer Clubhouse Grand Opening
4 September 2014

After months of planning and building our Computer Clubhouse into an innovative and exciting out-of-school learning space, YWCA Canberra along with our wonderful partners, are ready to officially launch the Clubhouse with our Grand Opening on Friday 10 October! YWCA Canberra’s Computer Clubhouse is an innovative, creative, out-of-school learning space where young people from underserved […]

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Eat, Pay, Love – a new way to show your support this Anti-Poverty Week!
4 September 2014

V Spot Café is hosting an Eat, Pay, Love dinner as part of Anti-Poverty Week in Canberra! The profits from the evening will be donated to YWCA Canberra to support our Lanyon Food Hub. An Eat, Pay, Love dinner means you can enjoy a restaurant meal with no set prices. Guests are asked to pay […]

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Launching our Reconciliation Action Plan
28 July 2014

YWCA Canberra launched its Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at a lunchtime event at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre last Wednesday. The launch was a celebration of the work YWCA Canberra has contributed as a champion for reconciliation in the Canberra community. It was attended by Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Agnes Shea, local school […]

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