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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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Hope through housing
17 April 2020

We have been providing housing support to women and the broader Canberra community for more than 60 years. In this current time of crisis, our services have been under even more demand. We have rapidly adapted, moving to telephone and video appointments where appropriate, and are actively looking for more affordable emergency and transitional accommodation, […]

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raphics on how to care for self

Practicing self-care in self-isolation
31 March 2020

There’s no question that we are now living in tougher times than many of us have ever experienced before. Many of us are understandably worried and are taking on more caring duties for our families and loved ones. But it’s just as important that we care for ourselves and take time to focus on the things that bring us peace and balance. As many websites […]

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Seniors Week photo

Caring for our senior citizens
23 March 2020

This was supposed to be ACT Seniors Week 2020, a time to celebrate the many wonderful older women we have the privilege of working with. Unfortunately, with the current health crisis, Council of the Aging (COTA) ACT was forced to make the difficult decision to postpone the celebrations. With our older populations particularly at risk […]

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Our lives: a survey of more than 1000 Canberra women
23 December 2019

Our Lives: Women in the ACT set out to investigate whether the common headlines describing Canberra as ‘economically progressive’ or ‘safe and inclusive’ were an accurate reflection of women’s experiences. Launched at the ACT Legislative Assembly on 29 October to an audience of community sector stakeholders and members of the ACT Legislative Assembly the survey […]

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By young people, for young people
16 December 2019

YWCA Canberra partnered with Xero to participate in ANU’s 2019 TechLauncher initiative. Through TechLauncher, students work to create tech solutions that tackle real world issues. Over the past six months a team of students have collaborated with our Youth Engagement Team and young LGBTIQA+ people to develop a very cool prototype. We’re living in a […]

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A night in the forest at the LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom 2019
14 November 2019

YWCA Canberra’s fourth annual LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom was held on Friday 8 November at Ainslie Football Club. YWCA Canberra’s Senior Communications Officer, Angel Hellyer, volunteered her time and writes about the experience below.  On Friday night I was fortunate enough to volunteer at our fourth annual LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom. Having only joined YWCA Canberra […]

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She Leads Diploma – Five quick questions with Sonia Di Mezza
8 November 2019

Sonia Di Mezza is the Deputy CEO of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS). She holds a Masters of International Law majoring in human rights, is a solicitor and has worked for the past twenty years as a human rights lawyer, both internationally and in Australia. Below Sonia reflects on her experience […]

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Speak Up! Reflections from She Leads High Conference 2019
8 November 2019

On Friday, 1 November, over 65 girls, including female-identifying and non-binary people in years 9 and 10 from high schools across Canberra and the surrounding regions came together to attend the 2019 She Leads High Conference. Held at the University of Canberra, the conference theme was Speak Up, where students learned to find their voices […]

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CEO speech at the launch of Our lives: Women in the ACT
31 October 2019

On 29 October 2019, YWCA Canberra launched Our lives: Women in the ACT. This report, based on a survey we conducted of over 1000 Canberra women, provides insights into the daily lives of women in the Territory. At our launch event, our Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins gave her reflections on why this report is […]

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