Community Services

Our community services team operates within a strengths-based community development framework. We focus on building skills and providing important resources to individuals and families, to empower vulnerable communities in Canberra.


YWCA Canberra has provided housing support to women and the broader Canberra community for more than 60 years, commencing with the opening of Leave House in Mort St by Lady Gowrie in 1942.

Today we provide supported accommodation services on behalf of the ACT Government and are a registered housing provider (Tier 3) under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

Our specialised Housing Unit provides the following services:

  • Next Door – Housing and support services for older women experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness
  • Rentwell – our charitable property management service
  • Community housing – YWCA and privately owned accommodation for people in need
  • Transitional housing – supported accommodation for women and their families who are at risk of homelessness
  • Outreach – preventing homelessness through outreach services
  • Supportive Tenancy Service – providing advocacy and support for people whose tenancy is at risk, or who need support to secure a tenancy

Community development

Our team at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre provides a range of activities and programs to empower and promote community participation in Tuggeranong.

Some of the weekly activities include young mums programs, Scouts, playgroups, after school programs, and activities for seniors.

Through the Centre we also deliver Circles of Support a counselling service for children and young people aged eight to 15 years and their families.

Youth engagement

Our qualified Youth Engagement Team delivers a range of evidence-based programs for young people in Tuggeranong including:

Circles of Support

Circles of Support is a counselling service providing therapeutic support, information and psycho education for children and young people aged five to 15 years, and their families. This service aims to strengthen family relationships and improve wellbeing.

Respectful Relationships

We have a suite of primary violence prevention resources. Captured under the umbrella of Respect Ed, these resources include:

Network Coordination

Network Coordination for the Tuggeranong Region aims to develop and promote active relationships across and between the Child, Youth and Family Services Program, all tiers of government and the broader service system including non-government community service organisations and the for-profit sector.