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Building joyful businesses through small grants
21 February 2022

In 2021, YWCA Canberra and the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) were pleased to award a Great Ydeas Small Grant to Serina Bird to start a new sustainable fashion website, The Joyful Fashionista. We’ve loved watching Serina’s business grow from concept to reality, and were pleasantly surprised when Serina offered to give back to the Great […]

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Housing: the foundation of wellbeing
21 February 2022

There is no other indicator more inextricably linked to improved societal outcomes than housing. That means that our current crisis in housing affordability and supply is also a crisis in community wellbeing.  Impact of housing on wellbeing  Housing is the foundation from which people can connect to the community, economy and essential services, and where […]

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Small grants empowering innovative partnerships
15 February 2022

YWCA Canberra has been pleased to have the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) as a partner for our Great Ydeas Small Grants Program since 2017. Every year, CBRIN has returned with enthusiasm to see what local women and girls are coming up with, so we took a moment to speak to Sharyn Smith, Chief Operating Officer […]

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After all they’ve given, older women deserve better
14 February 2022

Insecure housing, tenuous economic security, and looming stress and burnout: these are the lived realities of too many Canberrans as revealed by YWCA Canberra’s 2021 Our lives: women in the ACT survey.  Our findings reinforced that the lives of many people living in Canberra are defined by economic insecurity and general uncertainty, with COVID-19 exacerbating […]

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Statement supporting the rights of gender-diverse people
9 February 2022

YWCA Canberra proudly stands with the LGBTQIA+ community and calls upon members of the Australian Parliament to exercise their vote in support of trans and gender-diverse people. In 2017 with a convincing majority, Australians voted to support same-sex marriage. A journey that had taken decades of lobbying and inconceivable trauma ended in a national celebration […]

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Five things you might not have known about YWCA Canberra
9 February 2022

Have you ever wondered what a typical day at YWCA Canberra is like? Perhaps you’re interested in knowing a little bit more about our programs and what services we can provide.   With no two days the same, it might be easier to ask what we DON’T do!    From running our She Leads programs, our community […]

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Supporting the unique needs of teenagers in the pandemic
1 February 2022

Being a teenager is a strange time. You’ve got the pressures of school, friends and extracurricular activities, combined with the rush of new hormones, bodies that seem to change on an almost daily basis and a growing desire for the independence of impending adulthood. It’s tough even at the best of times, and the last […]

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Five quick questions with She Leads Workshop facilitator, Angie Ford
25 January 2022

With our first She Leads Workshop for 2022 just around the corner, we caught up facilitator Angie Ford, to talk about all things leadership, what people can expect to take away from her online workshop and mistakes that made her a better leader. Angie is a mindset trainer and high-performance coach driven by a love of […]

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Starting the reconciliation journey in childhood
25 January 2022

“Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.” – Reconciliation Australia YWCA Canberra is honoured to work on the land of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people. Our vision for reconciliation remains one […]

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Thanks for giving a gift that matters
19 January 2022

It appears that the last two years have not dulled the generous community spirit of Canberrans! In our annual End of Year appeal, we were blown away by how the local community continued to step up to help vulnerable people within the ACT.  At the start of the appeal, we set what we expected to […]

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