Blog: Community

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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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One year of Next Door: Mary’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 Mary’s* story. A few years ago, I decided to lodge an application for public housing because one by one my children are leaving Canberra for a better job: one to Melbourne, another to Sydney. My youngest also decided […]

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One year of Next Door: Cheryl’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 Cheryl’s* story. When I was referred to YWCA Canberra’s Next Door program, it’s no stretch to say it was a life-changing moment. As a homeless mature-age woman, I’d held onto the last shred of my dignity […]

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Free Tax Help 2020
16 July 2020

Our Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre (MLYCC) is offering free tax return help. If you’re earning a low income, you can get free help filling out and submitting your tax return from our Tax Help volunteer, Dennis, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 29 July to 26 November 2020. What is Tax Help? Tax […]

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Redefining ‘normal’ in a post-COVID world
13 July 2020

In this time of COVID-19, there is no question that many of us now lead very different lives than what we are used to. From issues of mass job loss, increased mental health problems, and financial instability, it is evident the virus has affected us all in more ways than one. But as we begin […]

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Tips on how to deal with re-entering society
8 July 2020

Living through lockdown has been challenging to say the least, but for many it has provided a sense of security and comfort in a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty. But as we begin to move towards a more relaxed state, many of us will again experience a new sense of anxiety, as we begin […]

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Exceptional support from a Canberra Icon
15 June 2020

We have been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of local organisations in helping us deliver emergency relief to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. One of these amazing organisations is Icon Water, which has chipped in $15,000 so that we can provide affordable, safe and supportive accommodation for women and their children. We spoke […]

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Celebrating one year of Rentwell

One year of renting well
12 May 2020

Last week we marked the first anniversary of Rentwell, our charitable property management service for affordable rentals. One year in, Rentwell has already improved the lives of 22 families; that is 49 people who now have quality, safe and affordable homes. And we’ve just had another three homes signed up to the program. We also: […]

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