Blog: Great Ydeas

Cooking Circles: a Great Ydea
8 March 2016

Great Ydeas is YWCA Canberra’s small grants program, providing up to $2,000 to women to help kickstart a great idea for a business, community development project, or to support professional development or education and training opportunities. Applications are currently open for Great Ydeas, and we’ll be featuring some of our amazing past recipients over the next […]

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WomenCANPlay: a Great Ydea
1 March 2016

Great Ydeas is YWCA Canberra’s small grants program, providing up to $2,000 to women to help kickstart a great idea for a business, community development project, or to support professional development or education and training opportunities. Applications are currently open for Great Ydeas, and we’ll be featuring some of our amazing past recipients over the […]

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Two years of growth and achievments – For Purpose
15 January 2016

It’s hard to believe that almost two years have passed since I was lucky enough to be awarded a Great Ydeas Grant at YWCA Canberra’s Round the World Breakfast event in 2014, to pursue a pilot project called For Purpose. Like many Great Ydeas Grant recipients, my project has evolved and grown over time, and […]

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Chiara Grassia

Show Us Your Riffs: Making Noise At Girls Rock Camps
12 October 2015

Girls Rock camps are one of my favourite places to be. Within the span of one week, they create a place where girls are encouraged to help – rather than tear down – each other, take pride in their accomplishments, and express themselves without fear of judgement or embarrassment. This is a place where girls […]

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Blood, Sweat and Fears: Why I Travelled to Peru, and What It Taught Me
10 August 2015

One of the great secrets to not being disappointed with something is to have no expectations. I can’t say I ever dreamed of visiting Peru, or that Machu Picchu was on my bucket list; the South American continent has always been somewhere I hadn’t thought to visit. If you had told 17-year-old Rosie that in […]

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Kate Lundy inspires at Round The World Breakfast
7 May 2015

On Tuesday 21 April, we were excited to host our annual Round the World Breakfast to celebrate World YWCA Day, at The Lobby Restaurant in Parkes. World YWCA Day is recognised every year across 120 countries. The Round the World Breakfast provides an opportunity for YWCAs to come together to honour the contributions of women […]

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Working For Purpose
20 March 2015

The following is an abridged version of a speech given by Caterina to the Women in Information and Communication Breakfast Series in Canberra last week. I have to start by letting you all know that I’m not presenting to you on my own today. I am actually joined by ‘Blue’ who is all of 20-and-a-half-weeks […]

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2014: a year to remember
17 December 2014

I would like to thank and acknowledge the enthusiasm, support and dedication of my colleagues, and the work of our 300 staff. Our organisation is not only a significant employer in the Territory, but also a contributor to the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of our community. Our 2013-2014 Annual Report highlights the many achievements […]

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Country to Canberra winners

Country to Canberra – what young rural women think of gender equality
9 December 2014

Great Ydeas grant recipient, Hannah Wandel, launched her Country to Canberra project earlier this year, to great success. Last week, the winners of the Country to Canberra essay competition came to Canberra to meet distinguished women leaders, and take a special tour of Parliament House. We’ll be sharing more details of that exciting event soon, […]

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Femme Hive Conference a Great Ydea
26 November 2014

  In April this year I was fortunate to receive a Great Ydeas grant from YWCA Canberra, to attend a conference on queer femme identity – the Femme Hive Conference in Berlin. I am currently undertaking a PhD at the Australian National University with a focus on femme subculture, and the conference provided me with […]

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