Blog: Community

Helping us build up the Canberra community – 2021 Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast
30 April 2021

On Thursday, 29 April, YWCA Canberra was joined by over 130 people at the Ainslie Football Club for our annual Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast. The fundraising event, which provided an opportunity for members, supporters and partners to come together to show their support for YWCA Canberra’s housing initiatives, also presented us withwas also an the opportunity to showcase our 2021 Great Ydeas Small Grant recipients […]

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Connecting young people through street art
22 January 2021

Over two days in December 2020, our Youth Engagement team worked with visionary street artist Bjarni Wark from Happy Decay to run a Street Art Transition program for young people in the Tuggeranong region. Transition from primary to secondary school involves significant changes that can be both exhilarating and concerning to students and their families. […]

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Delivering holiday cheer
24 December 2020

As part of our annual end of year appeal, YWCA Canberra runs a food drive within our early childhood and school age education and care services. This food, combined with that purchased through our Lanyon Food Hub, goes towards holiday hampers for people in our housing programs, so they can enjoy the festive season. Our […]

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Fifth annual LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom
18 December 2020

2020, where do we start? With bush fires, hail, a plague, and everything in between, it has been one challenging year, to say the least. More so for our young people, who have had to adapt quickly to so many challenges including online schooling and missing out on social events with their friends! YWCA Canberra […]

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International Volunteer Day
4 December 2020

This International Volunteer Day, we want to highlight the incredible contributions of some of our volunteers. Max and Rhonda After taking an exercise class at our Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre (MLYCC), Rhonda saw the incredible work the team does there and decided to volunteer with us. She started in the Lanyon Food Hub […]

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Celebrating NAIDOC week with your children!
13 November 2020

NAIDOC Week is finally here, and we could not be more excited! On this special week, we celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.    NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for young children to learn about the culture of Australia’s First Nations people, and to build stronger connections with their local Aboriginal and Torres […]

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Building our Next Door community
2 November 2020

One of the largely unspoken impacts of the COVID-19 crisis has been on our ability to network and build our communities. Between restrictions on travel and visiting friends, the cancellation of most events, and the general concern around interpersonal interactions, we have lost much of what used to bring us together. That’s why, as we […]

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One year of Next Door: Lynette’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Lynette’s* story. For you, the reader, to understand how amazing the Next Door Program and appreciate how amazing the staff has been to me and the many women they have helped, I need to share with you, just […]

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One year of Next Door: Wendy’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Wendy’s* story. I was in a pretty bad situation before Next Door. I had moved to Canberra after six years of caring for my daughter with disabilities in WA. I had gotten her set up in her own […]

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One year of Next Door: Helen’s story
7 August 2020

For the first anniversary of our Next Door program, we wanted our client’s voices to be heard. This is Helen’s* story. I was pretty desperate before I encountered Next Door. I had been living with my ex-partner for around three years. It was toxic, but I didn’t have the resources to move out, either emotionally or financially. […]

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